Yorkshire-based Sweet Revolution’s dairy-free instant hot drinks have received UK origin status from international trade experts Chambers International meaning the products can now be distributed in China.

Since some of the ingredients used in the products come from overseas, Chinese authorities had to be satisfied that Sweet Revolution’s products were of British origin.

Chambers International applied detailed tests to demonstrate ‘substantive change’ to the range during manufacture. The brand’s instant drinks passed the substantive change test thus determining the products’ origin was the UK.

Sweet Revolution was created by naturopathic nutritionist Jane Nicholls in her home near Leeds in 2009.

She first became interested in health foods when her son suffered from a dairy intolerance as a child and she began researching natural ways to treat his condition. This pushed her to study naturopathic nutrition at Salford University.

The brand’s dairy-free instant hot drinks are vegan, organic and free from gluten, dairy and refined cane sugar, and come in four flavours: hot chocolate and three lattes, turmeric, matcha and reishi. The hot chocolate was launched in 2015 with the lattes following in 2016.

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 has huge practical experience that they applied to our case and they were very good to work with. I would not have known where to start without their help and advice.”

Chamber International China specialist Matthew Grandage said: “China’s consumers are becoming increasingly committed to the idea that it’s worth paying extra for a more balanced future – for themselves, their families and the environment as a whole.

“By paying attention to these matters in product development, careful supply chain management and marketing, British food and drink brands are winning new fans in China. Creative organic producers like Sweet Revolution are part of this key moment in the evolution of the world’s largest food market”.

Sweet Revolution’s range is currently available in health food stores, organic specialist stores and delicatessens across the UK. The company has recently signed distribution deals in Finland, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.