Glass maker wins contract for Dragon tamers’ sauce bottles

A new range of Chinese dipping sauces created by twin sisters and backed by Dragons' Den dragons has hit the shelves in bottles supplied by leading glass manufacturer Beatson Clark.
A new range of Chinese dipping sauces created by twin sisters and backed by Dragons' Den dragons has hit the shelves in bottles supplied by leading glass manufacturer Beatson Clark.
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Dragon-taming twin sisters Lisa and Helen Tse have chosen Rotherham-based Beatson Clark to produce containers for a range of sauces developed at their award-winning Chinese restaurant.

Lisa and Helen secured a £50,000 investment when they appeared on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den TV programme with their range of Sweet Mandarin Chinese dipping sauces.

The sauces are based on secret recipes, handed down through the generations and named after the Manchester restaurant opened in 1950 by their grandmother, Lily.

When the twins won a contract to supply three of the sauces to 500 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK, then needed help to meet the demand and turned to Beatson Clark.

“The deal has meant a huge increase in production so we needed to find a reliable and flexible partner who could supply us with a bottle which reflects the quality of the range itself,” said Lisa.

“Happily we found it very easy to work with Beatson Clark, who were able to supply us with a 250ml white flint bottle which is just perfect for our dipping sauces.”

Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, which specialises in low volumes for high-end niche food and drink manufacturers, said: “Glass is perceived as a high-quality packaging material but it needn’t cost the earth.”