Jane hop­ing for Sweet Revo­lu­tion in China

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An in­stant hot drinks busi­ness is one step closer to caus­ing a ma­jor stir in China af­ter se­cur­ing UK ori­gin sta­tus.

Natur­o­pathic nu­tri­tion­ist Jane Ni­cholls founded Sweet Revo­lu­tion at her home near Leeds in 2009. The drinks have now achieved UK ori­gin sta­tus, a cru­cial stage for ex­port­ing into China, af­ter tests ap­plied by Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional.

The range, which is reg­is­tered ve­gan, cer­ti­fied or­ganic, and free from gluten, dairy and re­fined cane sugar, are be­ing dis­trib­uted in China by a spe­cial­ist sup­plier to health food shops and phar­ma­cies.

Ms Ni­cholls said: “Be­ing able to ex­port to China is po­ten­tially mas­sive for us as it is a very big mar­ket and there is huge in­ter­est among con­sumers in healthy eat­ing and the whole ‘free-from’ mar­ket. Also the phar­macy chain we are sup­ply­ing has plans to ex­pand into Sin­ga­pore.”

Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional is an over­seas trade spe­cial­ist. The or­gan­i­sa­tion car­ried out a se­ries of tests to demon­strate Sweet Revo­lu­tion’s ori­gin.

“Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional has huge prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence which they ap­plied to our case and they were very good to work with,” Ms Ni­cholls said.

“I would not have known where to start with­out their help and ad­vice.”

Ms Ni­cholls’ two chil­dren, Pippa, 23, a den­tist, and Alex, 22, a trainee ac­coun­tant, sup­port Sweet Revo­lu­tion by run­ning so­cial me­dia cam­paigns, help­ing with mar­ket­ing and as­sist­ing at events.

Ms Ni­cholls added: “We are ex­pect­ing sales to in­crease with dou­ble-digit growth dur­ing the next five years and aim to achieve 25 per cent in sales from ex­ports.”

IN­STANT HIT:

Cham­ber In­ter­na­tional’s Matthew Grandage with Jane Ni­cholls.

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