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Lizzy Hodcroft.
Rebecca Wayman

Newcastle food entrepreneur jets overseas to deliver Northern Powerhouse scheme

This month, North East food disrupter and entrepreneur, Lizzy Hodcroft and her company, The Sweet Beet, are heading to Germany to represent the region’s artisan food community.

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Mission to the Annual Munich Queen’s Birthday Party from June 12-14 in Munich, Lizzy will join over 400 distinguished guests from UK industry, politics, culture and the media.

The Sweet Beet, led by Texas-born Lizzy Hodcroft - a former chef and North East Young Entrepreneur of the Year - has seen demand sore for its alternative tex-mex condiments in the last year.

And in the company’s latest high-profile appearance, The Northern Powerhouse initiative has invited the Sweet Beet and businesses from the North of England to join an organised visit to the annual Munich Queen’s Birthday Party celebration.

In 2017, the reception was a platform for Welsh food and drink companies to showcase an array of Welsh cheeses, biscuits, chutneys and beer and now the focus lands on the North of England.

This year presents an opportunity to showcase food and drink from across the region and will give participants the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the region’s best produce as well as gain an understanding of the German market.

Lizzy Hodcroft explained: “I don’t think that we do enough to champion the amazing producers or spread the word about what we have to offer, not only to the rest of the UK but internationally so this is the ideal opportunity to do just that.

“I’ll most likely be exploring the foodie scene and gathering data on the current condiment market. It’s a real honour to be apart of the producers selected.

“It’s a great opportunity to look back on The Sweet Beet’s journey and reflect on how far we have come. We need to be shouting and spreading the word that Newcastle… have such bright minds, ambitious businesses and real passionate producers.”

In early May 2018, The Sweet Beet received national airtime when BBC2’s culinary expert Nigel Barden put the company’s Habanero Lime Jelly through its paces on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show, which regularly attracts six million listeners.

It has also appeared on BBC’s Farmer’s Country Showdown this year and was recently selected as Company of the Month by Food and Drink Matters Magazine.

Speaking about her aspirations for the company’s forthcoming trip to Germany, Lizzy Hodcroft, added: “I hope to make a few once-in-a-lifetime contacts. Any interest from distributors would be a bonus.

“I think the German market will be very positive about the innovation and vision of The Sweet Beet. I believe they are quite adventurous when it comes to food and I’m looking forward to nurturing a close relationship with those consumers.”

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