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May 3, 2012

Marie Sharp taking Belize’s Hot Sauce to South Korea

Pioneer businesswoman Marie Sharp, proprietor of Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Limited, the Belizean company behind her world famous pepper sauce, has been invited to attend the second largest food expo in Asia.  Sharp is seizing an opportunity to expand the distribution of her products to Japan, South Korea and mainland China.  On Friday, Sharp travels to Seoul, South Korea where she will be networking with importers at the food show in an effort to seal several major investment deals, including the supply of her renowned pepper sauce to over three thousand McDonald’s outlet in the region.  According to Sharp, the exposure will also help to boost sales on the foreign market.


Marie Sharp, Proprietor, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods

Marie Sharp

“We are off to Seoul tomorrow and this trip is being sponsored by the Inter-American Investment Corporation together with FIMPEMI and they are paying a part of our expense of going there.  This is the second largest food show in that area of Asia.  Now I am very, very lucky that I was already talking to somebody out of Korea who is interested in buying my products.  I was also talking to somebody out of Beijing so by getting the opportunity of going to this show I am meeting with those two people already.  The one in Beijing was supposed to have started ordering already but he’s waiting to meet us before he places his first order.  So I’m very excited about going to this food show because I know I’m going to come back with some purchase orders.”


A complete feature on Marie Sharp’s pepper processing plant, a local business which has been in operation since 1981, will be aired during Friday’s newscast.

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7 Responses for “Marie Sharp taking Belize’s Hot Sauce to South Korea”

  1. Jessejames says:

    Why isnt Marie Sharp in U.S market that would b d best place to market her product.

  2. Mel says:

    ha! Hopefully this is a good idea and not a bad one knowing their reputation for taking and copying products and putting them out of business. Good Luck!

  3. Ram says:

    The pepper sells itself.

    But then Marie Sharp cant keep up with the orders

    bad business

  4. Annie says:

    Congrats Marie Sharp. I know that there are lots of persons that like the pepper as much as I do…!

  5. Rony says:

    Congrats to this wonderful lady!!! She is a good example for all Belizeans and the entire world! Wish you good luck in your business trip! We are ready to plant more pepper farms and supply as per your request!!!

  6. Storm says:

    Jessejames: I have seen Marie Sharp’s in a few restaurants in the States, specifically in California.

    I agree that Marie Sharp is Belize’s best “goodwill ambassador.” and I share Mel’s concern for the recipe being copied/stolen in Asia, if they can figure it out.

  7. A Jew says:

    Hey Ram, the pepper sells cuz its Marie Sharps! Grace and Hot Mamas were not invited cuz the pepper is not as good. Marie Sharp’s got invited cuz they are export ready and the quality is excellent!

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