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Major Tea Co Ltd
Wiggenhall St Germans
We are packing and labelling specialists who manufacture and pack Tea Bags from loose leaf tea. We can offer both the traditional square shaped teabag, or bag, string & tagged within a printed envelope. Just contact us and we will be happy to talk you through the process.
In October 2010, FT Short Ltd, packing and labelling specialists, took over a successful tea-bag operation from a Norfolk based business, who had been producing both herb and tea blends for over 25 years. Within the business came an established customer base selling to wholefood and health retail markets. With a significant amount of investment, production levels have been growing steadily enabling our customers to increase sales and grow their own market share.
We have recently purchased our 3rd machine a Technomeccanica T2 PRIMA which produces tea bags made of heat- seal filter paper with a string and tag , with or without envelope, for both traditional and herbal teas.
Production speed: 250 tea bags per minute
Bag size: W 50-75mm L 65-90mm
Our other machines consist of:
Technipack: Producing a standard Tea bag size of 70-75mm square
Universal: Producing Teabags 75mm square, up to 150 x 110mm more suitable for the herbal essence markets.
Boxes: Can be ink jet coded with a best before date and batch/lot code, then overwrapped and sealed in a clear film, before being bulk packed for despatch.
Alternatively, product can be fulfilled in our main production facility, alongside other components into gift packs such as tea sets, caddies and canisters.
We do not source or have our own blends of tea, but work in partnership with our customers to develop their own portfolios.
Office hours are 8am ? 5pm Mon to Thursday. 8am ? 3pm Friday.
Northern Tea Merchants
193 Chatsworth Road
Northern Tea Merchants is a privately owned, independent business established in 1959.
We blend a wide range of teas (including FairTrade) and manufacture them into teabags for supply internationally under our own brands and also customers' own label.
Our products are sold at retail, wholesale and catering levels and we also operate a mail order service.
Our Sales Department can also be contacted via the above address or fax numbers or the above email address.
For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.northern-tea.com
OPM (labels and packaging) Group Ltd
The Colour Box
55 Gelderd Road
The OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group manufactures Labels & flexible packaging.
Quality, service and innovation define OPM.
OPM offer consistent and Reliable Product Quality, Short Lead-Times / Speed-to-Market, Prompt, Responsive Service with a dedicated customer support team.
Fully equipped Esko Studio for artwork and repro file preparation.
A secure “smart” site with automated workflows, provides Full Traceability and Validation of Raw Material and Product.
Within a framework of Total Quality GMP Management, all of our products are produced to ISO 9001:2015, BRC/IoP Global Standard Food Packaging standards Grade AA and PS9000:2016 and are printed using Low Migration/ Food Grade Inks. 100% AVT Electronic Vision systems ensure only fully compliant products are supplied. We do this through understanding your markets and challenges, delivering innovation and new insights for your packaging to succeed
Silkenty Teas Ltd
unit 36, 88-90 Hatton Garden
Silkenty brand is owned by The Tea & Herb Company in Sri Lanka. It is primarily engaged in premium & speciality quality pure Ceylon teas.
Silkenty teas are carefully filled silken infusers with premium ingredients - real leaf teas, whole buds and flowers, natural herbs, exotic spices and real fruit pieces. Each blend speaks of perfection and delivers maximum enjoyment. Our silken infusers allow discerning consumers to experience anexceptional cup of tea. Their structure allows us to fill them with the most premium grades of teas and herbs.
Silkenty teas can be bought online (www.silkenty.co.uk) and through Amazon
Varieties of Teas Offered: Pyramid Tea bags, Loose teas, Herbal teas, Speciality Teas & Fruit Teas
Breakfast Tea - Premium Ceylon Black Tea
Bombay Chai - Ceylon Black Tea, Cardamom, Ginger Root & Cinnamom
Earl Grey - Ceylon Black Tea & Oil of Bergamot Orange
Honeydew Green - Honeydew Melon, Apricot & Gunpowder Green Tea
Traditional Oolong - Pure Oolong Tea
Chamomile Lemongrass - Chamomile & Lemongrass
Peppermint Rose - Real Mint Leaves with Baby Rose Petals
Crimson Nights - Hibiscus Flowers, Rosehips, Hawthorn Berries, Cranberry, Lemon Peel, Cherry
Tropical Dreams - Rose Petals, Rosehips, Sultanas, Blkcurrents, Blueberries, Strawberries.
Tranquility - Valerian Root, Passion Flowers, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm & Rose Petals
Vanilla Rooibos - Premium Rooibos, Marigold Petals & Natural Vanilla Essence
White Gold Tips - Pure White Tea for the most refined palate. Highly prized, subtle & elegant.
Tea People Ltd
96 Cardigan Road
Tea People is an award winning, speciality tea company that is passionate about spreading the richness of natural, high quality whole-leaf tea. It was founded to address the issue of educational development in the tea growing regions and is hence set up as a social enterprise. We commit 50% of our net profits to help educate children in under-served tea growing areas.
Our teas range from the finest premium single estate teas to a wide variety of our own unique blends, flavours and herbal infusions. We cater to the needs of all tea lovers as well businesses including hotels, cafes, restaurants, etc.
One of our unique offerings is ?BESPOKE TEAS?, a service that allows our customers to create their own tea experience which could range from a new blend to customized labeling and packaging.
At Tea People we sell a wide variety of teas and infusions catering to a wide array of tastes and palates. We offer our teas in both loose leaf form as well as specially designed biodegradable pyramid tea bags. Some of the teas that we stock include:
Single Estate Black Tea: We stock some of the finest single estate teas ranging from the 1st Flush Darjeeling to the premium Assam, Ceylon and Keynan teas.
Blended & Flavoured Black Tea: In addition to the ever popular English Breakfast and Earl Grey we also do a wide variety of other blends including the Indian Chai tea, Russian Caravan and Lapsang Souchong.
Our flavoured range of black teas containing Blueberry, Apricot and Peach, Lemon & Ginger, etc.
Green Tea: Our selection of Green tea ranges from the single estate green teas from Darjeeling and Celyon to flavoured and blended Green Tea such as Jasmine Green and Coconut Rose Green. We also stock a range of Japanese green teas including Matcha, Sencha and Genmaicha.
Flowering Tea: When it comes to our flowering or blooming teas, they are not just pretty to look at, but are also a delight to drink.
Oolong Tea: From Tie Guan Yin, China?s most popular Oolong tea to DarjOolong, a rare Oolong from Darjeeling you can find them at Tea People.
Herbal & Fruit Infusions: We boast of a wide range of some unique herbal and fruit infusions such as Liquorice Mint Toffee, Spicy Apple, Very Berry, etc.
Rooibos: We stock an exclusive range of Rooibos or Red Bush tea. Our Choco Mint Rooibos won 2 gold stars at the Great Taste Awards 2014.