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Firm sells herbal remedy to China
Aloe vera
Ingredients such as aloe vera are used in Botanica products
A County Down firm has landed a 10-year contract to sell herbal remedies to China.

Botanica International, based at Narrow Water Castle in Warrenpoint, makes healing products using plants and herbs such as aloe vera and tea tree oil.

It has secured a contract to sell a herbal cream to Chinese veterinarian products company, Kangmu.

Successful trials of the product took place following an Invest Northern Ireland export visit to China in 2005.

Botanica uses ingredients such as aloe vera, comfrey, oil of lavender and tea tree oil in a special cream with moisturising agents to fight infection and inflammation.

Herbal medicine has been practised in China for thousands of years, yet most products now on the market use ingredients derived from synthetic and chemical materials.

Botanica has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland, the British embassy and UK Trade and Investment to land the contract.

The company's managing director, Sean Cooney, said all had played a key role.

"We knew our product was as good as the trials have proven, but it would not have happened unless we met the right people," he said.

"Our products tap into a growing awareness of the advantages to natural ingredient and environmentally-friendly products among thoughtful consumers and producers in China."

Alan Hingston of Invest Northern Ireland said: "This is a good example of a small company which is achieving success from initial market research conducted during one of our trade missions."

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