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The Trade & Export Landscape of Sri Lanka 2019 -2020

2020-02-17

The Trade & Export Landscape of Sri Lanka 2019 -2020

A combination of local and global terrorism, political turmoil and natural disaster saw the local, as well as the global economy, slowing down compared to the year 2018. Sri Lanka registered a GDP growth of 2.8% during the last year against 3.3% recorded in 2018, while the global GDP also grew at a subdued rate of 2.5%, mainly due to Chinese and the USA trade tension and low growth recorded in the EU and Japan.

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Meet with Sri Lankan Organic food product Exporters at BioFach 2020

2020-02-03

Meet with Sri Lankan Organic food product Exporters at BioFach 2020

BioFach, the world´s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food, combined with VIVANESS International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, is an important business event, an emotional event for the sector, and both a get-together and an opportunity for positioning.

Sri Lanka Export Development Board is organising Sri Lanka country Pavilion at BioFach 2020 to be held from February 12-15 at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, Germany. Fifteen (15) Food & Beverage Exporters from Sri Lanka will be showcasing their products at Sri Lanka Country Pavilion to be housed at "Stand No. -3A-414 of Hall No. 3A.

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Meet with Sri Lankan Food and Beverages Exporters at Gulfood 2020

2020-02-03

Meet with Sri Lankan Food and Beverages Exporters at Gulfood 2020

“From fascinating new flavours to industry-shifting innovations and multi-million dollar export deals, Gulfood is the place to experience all the key moments driving the F&B industry forward and to see all the mega-trends come alive, like never before.” And 2020 marks the 25th edition of Gulfood to be hosted with the timely theme “Rethinking Food” from February 16-20, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Seven Ways to Combine Ceylon Tea with Cooking

2017-03-24

Seven Ways to Combine Ceylon Tea with Cooking

Other than providing warm indulgence or a refreshingly chilled flavor, Ceylon Tea also provides many options for adding a sweet, grassy, herbal or smoky note to our cooking. Different types of Ceylon Tea can bring a different type of texture and flavor to your cooking whether it is soft puddings, buttery cookies, stir-fries or meat dishes.

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Specialty Tea - A Timely Boost to the Sri Lankan Tea Industry

2016-11-03

Specialty Tea - A Timely Boost to the Sri Lankan Tea Industry

Is the time ripe for Sri Lankan tea exporters to make a shift away from bulk tea to value added packed at the source tea, Specialty Teas, and Artisan Teas?

Specialty teas or artisan teas have been a well-kept secret in the Sri Lankan tea sector. Produced in small quantities and traded among select circles of tea connoisseurs, who have a taste for rare tea flavors, Ceylon Specialty Tea includes niche segments of local tea industry that produce white tea, fair trade organic tea, single estate loose leaf tea as well as flavored dessert teas.

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‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

2015-07-10

‘Only 4% of Ceylon Tea brewed locally’-EDB

A whopping 96% of Pure Ceylon Tea production volumes leave Sri Lanka to serve eager global buyers while only 4% of it is brewed locally –and the Lankan tea sector is now called to lead the value addition way on 10 July. “Pure Ceylon Tea exports grew by 5.4% in 2014. Only 50% of tea export revenues came from value added while other 50% is from raw tea exports” revealed Bandula Egodage (Chairman & CEO-EDB) on 10 July.

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Ceylon Cinnamon Tea : A potent cure for numerous health problems

2015-06-29

Ceylon Cinnamon Tea : A potent cure for numerous health problems

The combination of Sri Lanka's two export super brands, Pure Ceylon Tea and Pure Ceylon Cinnamon, concocts a tasty flavoured tea with a number of added health benefits

While Ceylon Tea is a rich source of anti-oxidants, Ceylon Cinnamon is a list topper for the highest density of anti-oxidants per 100g, recording an Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) of 267,536 TE per 100g.

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Losing body weight with a cup of of Ceylon green tea

2015-06-24

Losing body weight with a cup of of Ceylon green tea

Battling the bulge and have exhausted all the tricks in the book? It is time to sip up and slim down with Ceylon green tea.

Although numerous health benefits of green tea has been a well-known secret among global tea enthusiasts, green tea's ability to burn the fat cells in the body has come to be established through scientific research only recently.

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Fair-Trade Organic Ceylon Tea : a change for the better

2015-06-24

Fair-Trade Organic Ceylon Tea : a change for the better

Ceylon Green tea has proven to be more than just a refreshing drink, but does it hold all the health benefits as claimed?

Although most of Ceylon tea products, in the global market, originate from large scale tea plantations, a growing number of tea small holders are seeking to carve their own niche in producing the world's best fair-trade organic tea.

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Emerging Markets of Ceylon Tea

2015-06-22

Emerging Markets of Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Tea suppliers are expanding into new markets

With some of the world's traditional tea markets under the spell of Ceylon Tea, time has come for Ceylon Tea manufacturers to explore new markets and capture new hearts.

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Gourmet Ceylon Tea: the best of Ceylon Tea experience

2015-06-18

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

2015-06-17

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

2015-06-04

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

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

2015-06-03

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

2015-06-01

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?

2015-05-28

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

2015-01-22

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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