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April 16, 2013

UK: Sweet Mandarin eyes growth in UK, overseas

UK firm Sweet Mandarin is planning to expand sales of its free-from Chinese sauces in the UK and overseas.

UK firm Sweet Mandarin is planning to expand sales of its free-from Chinese sauces in the UK and overseas. 

Speaking to just-food today (16 April), Sweet Mandarin co-owner Lisa Tse said the company had developed a line of free-from Chinese sauces in three varieties. 

“[The] sauces – sweet chilli, barbecue, sweet and sour – will all be gluten free, dairy free, kosher accredited and vegan/vegetarian approved,” she said.

“They are going to be distributed to Sainsbury’s, Tescos, Ocado, Booths, Wing Yip, Fine Food Delis, foodservice and abroad – Russia, Israel, USA, Canada, Australia and even China,” Tse explained.

In order to meet this demand, Sweet Mandarin is opening a new factory located in Manchester, Tse confirmed. 

The facility will have the capacity to produce up to 60,000 bottles of Sweet Mandarin branded sauces per week.

Tse and her sister Helen came to prominence when they received funding on the UK TV show Dragons Den last autumn. The company’s first orders were in place before the programme; last year, the sisters secured an order to supply Sainsbury’s.

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