Sweetbird Guest Blog

April 2010


Sweetbird likes many things in life; his Antiguan Beach Hut, the music of Muddy Walters and afternoon favourite ‘Countdown’; but nothing compares to his love of flavours, big fat flavours, rich deep flavours, short sharp tangy flavours and long luscious fruity ones.  As a result of his passion for flavour he worked with international catering supply company Beyond the Bean to craft a range of syrups, sauces and smoothies packed with flavour.Bird - nice to meet you

Sweetbird also likes to make sure that his products are free from any nasties such as artificial colours, flavours; preservatives and GMOs. Sweetbird has many claims to fame such as the world’s first range of coffee syrups to be approved by The Vegetarian Society and for vegan diets by Viva! – He was also Britain’s champion yodeller, but had to give it up to focus on his passion for flavour. He has given the world a range of over 35 flavoured syrups that work wonders with your soya latte or hot chocolate (including Gingerbread, White Chocolate and Toasted Marshmallow – all of which are vegan).

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In fact the full range of Sweetbird products are approved by the Vegetarian Society and all but two of the products are approved for vegan diets by Viva! (However Sweetbird is working on making the white chocolate and caramel sauces milk-free too, but these things take time!). After getting the syrups right, he looked at ways of making Smoothies better for everyone involved (including the fruit growers) as well as lowering the carbon footprint.

The bananas that are used in every single bottle of Sweetbird 100% Fruit Smoothie has come from the ‘El Guabo’ Co-operative in Ecuador. They are working to help the local community in providing well paid employment, health care and education. Our mangos come from the APROMALPI Co-operative in Peru, oranges from Acipar Co-operative in Brazil, apples from the Eve Brands Workers Co-operative in South Africa, guavas from the Coagrosol Co-operative in Brazil and pineapples from Proagroin Co-operative in Costa Rica. All of which have been certified by the international fairtrade body – FLO.

Sweetbird has also taken the decision to use fruit pulps and concentrates in the production of his smoothies as these produce a third less carbon emissions than those of typical fresh fruit smoothies. Once again all of these have been approved by the Vegetarian Society and for vegan diets by Viva! so you can rest assured that they are free from nasty animal ingredients (such as gelatine and cochineal). In three funky fruit flavours, what more could you wish for?

Why not visit Sweetbird at home at  or follow his wise tweets of wisdom @TheSweetbird on Twitter.

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