Today, we’re looking at some of the great food, drink and products made right here on home soil.
1. Poetic License gin, Roker
One of Sunderland's most successful exports, 50,000 bottles of Poetic License gin are made at the distillery at the Roker Hotel each year and sold worldwide, as well as being stocked on the shelves of supermarket chains such as Asda and high-end stores including Harvey Nichols. Look out for its limited edition Rarities range where they experiment with unusual flavour profiles.
2. Bread&, North East BIC
New bakery Bread& has opened at North East BIC. It already supplies sourdoughs and sweet treats to places including Trakol in Gateshead and The Urban Kitchen in Pallion.. It's also forging links with other businesses thanks to its new base and is supplying to places such as the new CoffeeHaus coffee shop in Sunderland city centre.
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3. Northumbria Spring, Southwick
Northumbria Spring is bottled at source at the Clearly Drinks factory in Riverside Road, Southwick, which became a household name in its former guise as Villa. Today, the bottling plant still bottles Villa pop, but it also has huge success with its range of own brand waters: Northumbria Spring, Perfectly Clear, Revolution Waves and Upstream. So much so, that last year was its best performing in its 135-year history.
4. Colourful cakes and pancakes, Pallion
Love Lily has built up a firm following for its cakes, tray bakes, biscuits and pancakes which come in all manner of flavours, from Snickers cupcakes to Rolo caramel stuffed cookies. While its incredibly popular pancakes are made on site at the tearoom in Roker, much of the baking is done at the bakery in St Luke's Terrace in Pallion.