• Gourmet Ceylon Tea: the best of Ceylon Tea experience

    18/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Gourmet Ceylon Tea: the best of Ceylon Tea experience

    The best of Ceylon Tea, hand-picked and processed with extreme care is designed to deliver the most exclusive tea experiences across the world.

    The finest of the tea flavours and their blends were a well- kept secret in the Chinese Royal court and their betrayal was so big a crime, that it was punished with death and torture. However, most of these tea blends are being manufactured in Sri Lanka today, with greater flavour and aroma, compared to their predecessors.

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  • Ceylon Tea based Tourism promises huge growth potential

    17/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Tea based Tourism promises huge growth potential

    Ceylon Tea and Tourism are among Sri Lanka's top five foreign income earners and their combination is tipped to create a unique experience as refreshing as a cup of Ceylon Tea. Thus, Ceylon Tea & Tourism make perfect partners to tango.

    With a rich heritage and a cultural mix distinctive to Sri Lankan tea production and a breath taking view at every turn, Ceylon tea gardens are a great tourist destination yet to be harnessed to their fullest.

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  • Delve into the History of Ceylon Tea Plantation, Production & Supply

    04/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Delve into the History of Ceylon Tea Plantation, Production &  Supply

    'Not often is that the men have the heart, when their one great industry is ruined, to rear up in few years another as rich to take it place; and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo' – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    True to the observations made by one of world's best thriller writers, the rise of Ceylon Tea Industry in Sri Lanka and the lush Ceylon Tea plantations stands witness to the indomitable courage shown by a group of pioneering tea planters, who chose to grow tea, when life threw lemon at them.

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  • Flavoured Ceylon Tea : Relish Ceylon Tea with Tantalizing Novel Flavours

    03/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Flavoured Ceylon Tea : Relish Ceylon Tea with Tantalizing Novel Flavours

    With a view to attract new admirers for Ceylon Tea, Sri Lankan Tea manufactures are blending in novel flavours with traditional tea.

    As the world seeks to blend and modify older version of food and beverages to suit millennials' palates, Sri Lankan tea exporters are experimenting with traditional flavours of Ceylon tea, combining various tea types with flavours of fruits, spices and flowers to suit emerging tea markets around the world.

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  • Ceylon Tea : the most eco-friendly tea in the world

    01/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Tea : the most eco-friendly tea in the world

    With the phasing out of Methyl Bromide, a broad range pesticide used in tea cultivation, harmful to the ozone layer, there has never been a better time to enjoy a cup of refreshing & ozone friendly Ceylon Tea.

    A long term research into improving the environment sustainability of the Sri Lankan tea industry bore fruits, when Sri Lankan tea planters were awarded the 'Ozone Friendly' status as a world first, for discontinuing the use of Methyl Bromide as a pesticide in local tea plantations.

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  • Is Ceylon Green Tea the Secret Elixir of Life?

    28/05/2015

    02/01/2017
    Is Ceylon Green Tea the Secret Elixir of Life?

    Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world next to water and as per today, global consumption of tea amounts to trillion cups a year. While most of these cups amounts to black tea, the rising star of the global tea scene is green tea, with nearly 15% of the global market share.

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  • A heritage of excellence: the wonderful history of Ceylon Tea

    22/01/2015

    02/01/2017
    A heritage of excellence:  the wonderful history of Ceylon Tea

    Sri Lankan tea (known for generations as Ceylon Tea) carries behind it a heritage and success story like no other. The story of Ceylon tea begins over two hundred years ago, when the country was still a British colony. In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. Further experimental planting of tea had begun in 1839 with tea plants brought from Assam and Calcutta through the East India Company.

    Commercial cultivation of tea commenced in Sri Lanka by the Scotsman, James Taylor. He arrived Sri Lanka in 1852 and settled down in Loolecondera estate in Kandy. Taylor visited India in 1866 to learn the basics of growing tea on plantations. Following his return, he started a 19 acre tea plantation in Loolecondera estate in 1867. Soon enough plantations surrounding Loolecondera such as Hope, Rookwood and Mooloya began transforming into tea plantations and were amongst the first tea estates established on the island. Taylor started a fully equipped tea factory in Loolecondera estate in 1872. In 1875 Taylor managed to send the first shipment of Ceylon tea to London tea auction.

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  • Savour the Unique Flavour and Countless Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Tea

    14/11/2014

    02/01/2017
    Savour the Unique Flavour and Countless Health Benefits of Pure Ceylon Tea

    The delicious aroma that emanates as a few spoonfuls of Ceylon tea hit the simmering water in the white jug patterned with tea-buds every morning is refreshing forever. A sip of the steaming cup feels great on the tongue tickling the taste-buds. A great aroma with a fabulous taste, Ceylon Tea is beyond compare. Whether it’s in the morning or in the evening, a hot cup of tea is always a delectable drink.

    But, as the Book of Tea, Kakuzo Okakura’s 1906 philosophical treatise on tea says, tea had been a medicine long before it became a beverage. The potent natural antioxidants that abound in green & black tea can protect regular tea drinkers from a number of degenerative diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

    Heart Disease

    Continual consumption of correctly brewed Ceylon Tea is known to decrease the oxidation of fat. Catechins in green tea, theaflavins and thearubigins in black tea can inhibit lipid oxidation and plaque formation (which can cause heart disease), whilst cutting cholesterol. Regular consumption of tea is also known to reduce blood clotting. Blood clotting heightens the risk of coronary thrombosis.

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  • Algeria interested to buy Sri Lankan tea, fruits and vegetable juices

    14/05/2014 Ceylon Today

    02/01/2017
    Algeria interested to buy Sri Lankan tea, fruits and vegetable juices

    Algeria is inviting Sri Lankan businesses to export tea, fruit and vegetable juices and many other products to that country, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce announced.

    This invitation was made by Echarif Mohammed-Hacene, Ambassador for Algeria in Sri Lanka and India, when he visited the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, accompanied by Consul General for Algeria in Sri Lanka, Mukthar Marikkar.

    He held a meeting with CEO/Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Harin Malwatte, while Lilakshi De Mel, Senior Assistant Secretary General of the Chamber, was also present. During the meeting, the ambassador said, Sri Lanka can exports items such as, tea, fruits and vegetable juices, textiles, garments specially semi-finished traditional garments for women and spices.

    Ambassador Echarif says, the Algerian consumers prefer to drink blended tea with mint and sugar and also would like to purchase tea in consumer bags.

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  • SL to place its export products on top e-commerce portal

    11/05/2014 The Island

    02/01/2017
    SL to place its export products on top e-commerce portal

    As Lanka's exports to Japan topped $ 223 Mn mark, Sri Lanka is mulling a strategic, fast-track entry to one of the most coveted online markets in the world-Japan. "Japan is the second biggest retail market in the world. Japanese are also heavy internet users with a large e-commerce base. Using a top Japanese online giant like Rakuten could give Lankan exporters a wide-coverage and a low cost entry to this promising market" said Sujatha Weerakoone (DG-EDB) on 02 May at EDB premises.

    DG Weerakoone was addressing the EDB organized event "Japan's Rakuten Platform for Sri Lankan Products" held for Lankan exporters on 02 May at EDB. The session consisted of a special in-depth presentation by Japan's Kanagawa based Takashi Yoshino (Principal, Y and F Associates LLC) who, in a his presentation, shoed in-depth of the pros and cons, and how to create an online strategy for Lankan exporters to Japan. Eager representatives from more than 40 Lankan export firms were present at the session.

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  • Fadna Cinnamon Tea gets certification of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

    05/05/2014 Daily Finance Times

    02/01/2017
    Fadna Cinnamon Tea gets certification of Pure Ceylon Cinnamon

    The Fadna Cinnamon Tea, produced and distributed by Food and Nature Company was recently awarded the Pure Ceylon Cinnamon Quality certificate by Sri Lanka Export Development Board. This certification which is awarded only for highest quality export products is granted on the recommendation of a committee of experts appoined by the SLEDB. Here Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen awards the certificate to the Marketing Manager of the Food and Nature Company, Udara Mangala at a ceremony at the SLEDB

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  • Lesotho to begin economic ties with tea, rice imports

    05/05/2014 Lanka Business Today

    02/01/2017
    Lesotho to begin economic ties with tea, rice imports

    The only country in the world to be surrounded by another country and also described as Africa’s Switzerland, is now to initiate multi-faceted bilateral ties with Sri Lanka.

    “We can begin our bilateral trade with Ceylon Tea exports to Lesotho. Then we can proceed to agriculture cooperation” said an upbeat Bothata Tsikoane, the New Delhi based High Commissioner of Lesotho for Sri Lanka.

    The Lesotho envoy made these observations while meeting Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka on 25 April at the Export Development Board offices in Colombo during his first courtesy call made on Minister Bathiudeen.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Basilur Tea wins top North American food award

    28/04/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka’s Basilur Tea wins top North American food award

    In the wake of record exports in 2013, Pure Ceylon Tea has reported yet another achievement, with Basilur Tea Canada, allied to its Lankan firm Basilur Tea, clinching the main award at North America’s top food and beverages trade show this year.

    “Basilur’s herbal tea product ‘Fruit Infusions’ received the highest award – the 2014 Top-10 Product Award – at the SIAL Canada expo. This is considered by many food industry specialists as a very rare achievement since Basilur has reached the Top-10 twice within three years,” said Basilur Tea Canada Director Rohan Perera on Thursday.

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  • Tea exports revenue hit record high in 2013

    17/01/2014 nation.lk

    02/01/2017
    Tea exports revenue hit record high in 2013

    Sri Lanka has achieved the highest ever revenue from tea exports in 2013 realizing a total revenue of Rs. 199.4 billion surpassing the previous best of Rs.180.4 billion in 2012, recent statistics from a leading tea brokerage firm showed. The record revenue was realized despite the island exporting lesser quantity of tea from January – December 2013 where cumulative tea exports totalled 319.6M/kgs, showing a marginal decrease of 0.28M/kgs vis-à-vis 319.9M/kgs of 2012.

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  • Tea export earnings reach Rs 142 b upto September

    29/10/2013 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Tea export earnings reach Rs 142 b upto September

    Sri Lanka’s overall tea export earnings during the period January – September of the year has increased by Rs. 10.6 billion year on year (YoY) to record Rs. 141.9 billion, according to a Forbes and Walker report.

    However, overall export volumes in the first nine months of the year has decreased by 1.4 million kg year on year to 234.5 million kg.

    The total tea export earnings in August also increased to Rs. 123.1 billion while tea export earnings in September was Rs. 18.5 billion. The volumes decreased by 3.1 million kg to 28.7 million kg.

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  • Tea Exports Hit Rs. 123 Bn

    06/10/2013 The Sunday Leader

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    Tea Exports Hit Rs. 123 Bn

    Tea export earnings in the first eight months of the year increased by Rs. 10.6 billion year on year (YoY) to Rs. 123.1 billion, Forbes & Walker (F&W) in a report said.

    Export volumes in the review period increased by 1.7 million kilos YoY to 205.7 million kg.

    Kenya, one of Sri Lanka’s competitors, in the first seven months of the year increased its export volumes by 52 million kg. YoY to 293 million kg., F&W said.

    In the same period Kenya’s tea export earnings increased by Rs. 18 billion* to Rs. 109.7 billion.

    Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s tea export earnings in August increased by Rs. 6.2 billion to Rs. 18.8 billion YoY.

    Likewise tea export volumes increased appreciably by 9.5 million kg. YoY to 31.4 million kg.

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  • Ten Prominent Business groups to represent Sri Lanka at Pakistan EXPO 2013

    26/09/2013 Asian Tribune

    02/01/2017
    Ten Prominent Business groups to represent Sri Lanka at Pakistan EXPO 2013

    High Commissioner of Pakistan Qasim Qureshi with the participants of expo 2013

    The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi hosted the Sri Lankan businessmen participating in Pakistan EXPO 2013 along with the officials of Export Development Board Sri Lanka, today at the High Commission of Pakistan prior to their departure for Karachi.

    Ten companies from Sri Lankan representing various sectors such as tea, herbal cosmetics, commercial paints, bicycles, fruits & vegetables, textiles and pharmaceuticals sectors will attend the largest EXPO of Pakistan, from 26-29 September, 2013.

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  • Sri Lankan tea exporters enjoy a great slice of the global tea market.

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan tea exporters enjoy a great slice of the global tea market.

    The past three years from 2012-2014 saw a renaissance in Ceylon Tea with the year 2013 breaking all records and the 2014 figures just released surpassing even that of 2013, recording the highest ever export earnings of $ 1.61 billion (Rs. 210.2 billion) which is a 5.43 % growth over 2013 and a FOB price of US$ 4.95 per kg, which is a 3.1 % growth over 2013 which were all records for the 147 year old history of the Sri Lankan tea industry.

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  • Increase in tea export earnings

    02/01/2017
    Increase in tea export earnings

    Sri Lanka's total quantity of tea exported including re-exports with imported tea for July reached to 29.88 million /kg, indicating a gain of 3.34 million/kg compared to the corresponding period in 2012.

    The cumulative tea export earnings rose to Rs 17.76 billion, showing a slight gain of Rs 2.77 billion as against the same period last year with the increase in FOB (Free on Board) price per kg from Rs 564.92 to Rs.594.50, according to a tea market report.

    Cumulative exports including re-exports with imported Tea for the period January to July 2013 recorded 174.25 million /kg, a decline of 7.82 million /kg in comparison to same period last year.

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