A new company is claiming a UK first with the launch of a 10-strong range of Gurkha sauces and condiments.

The range from Gurkha Fine Foods consists of five gourmet curry sauces and four chutneys varying from mild cucumber to hot white radish. The range was developed in conjunction with product developer Owen Potts, who has previously worked on products for English Provender, Tesco and Sainsbury's.

Company founder Emma Ford, whose husband is serving with the Gurkha soldiers in Warwickshire, said in its first year it would target nationwide listings in larger independents and multiples.

"We want to bring the Gurkha cuisine to a wider audience," she said. "Once established, there is an array of products we want to introduce to the market."

The range, now available from independent retailers and online, contains no artificial additives or preservatives and has a shelf-life of 12 months. Prices range from £2.90 to £3.75.