Spicy Monkey opens shop in Gateshead
PUBLISHED: 19:34 31 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013
Spicymonkey is a North East food company with a charitable heart of gold words By Sue Campbell
Famous at farmers markets throughout the region, Gateshead food company, Spicymonkey, has opened its first shop in Low Fell in Gateshead.
The company has a reputation among food lovers for its readymade cooking sauces, Thai curry pastes, Indian curry powders, fresh spice mixes and spice marinades from all around the world.
But as well as making a good living, thanks very much, Spicymonkey also raises money for the animal charity Inti Wara Yassi, which is based in the Amazon rainforest.
Spicymonkey makes a donation of 50p from every jar sold of its Monkey Curry sauce, to Inti Wara Yassi, which is an animal sanctuary, run by local and international volunteers who, along with the animals, rely entirely on donations to keep the community alive.
Their mission is to help animals recovered from captivity and to provide them with a quality of life they never could have.
Owner-manager, Ian Nixon, said: Were thrilled with how the business has grown over the last four years. Weve outgrown our kitchen at home so weve had to look for larger premises.
The new shop on Beaconsfield Road in Low Fell is fantastic and everybody will be able to see all of our products in one place.
The full Spicymonkey product range will be made on site at the Low Fell store by Ian and his wife Gemma, who also helps to run the business. They set up the company after travelling the world, sampling local cuisines and produce, which inspired them to bring a bit of spice back to the North East.
Spicymonkey currently sell over 40 different products, ranging from ready-made curry sauces, curry pastes and powders to dry spice mixes and marinades. Theyre also selling dry loose whole spices, as well as a range of dried chillies.
Ian said: Our range is quite varied and we aim to make convenient but healthy products. We try to use as little oil as possible and there are no preservatives, colourings or additives in our food. We also add herbs and spices to our sauces, along with instructions, so customers can make their favourite curry within 15 minutes.
The company will continue to sell their products online and at local Farmers Markets, as well as in various retail outlets and special events, such as The Northumberland County Show and the EAT! Food Festival in Newcastle.
The Spicymonkey shop in Beaconsfield Road, Low Fell, opened in April.
Call Ian Nixon on 07812 946899 for more information.