A Brief History
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AVT Tea Services Ltd
17 Spice Court
AVT Tea Services is an international provider of decaffeinated tea and tea extracts. We are part of the AVThomas Group a Chennai based company involved in activities including tea production and active ingredient extraction from natural sources. Our decaffeinated tea is manfactured in our own facility on the outskirts of Kochi, South India and has the capability to remove caffeine from tea using all approved methods. We are also able to manufacture and supply purified tea caffeine.
The recently commissioned instant tea plant has been built on the same site enabling customers to benefit from synergies in product development and production and to make maximum use of AVT's wide-ranging expertise. The factory has a broad range of capabilities including both cold and hot water soluble base powders as well as green instant teas and liquid aromas. Our production facilities are supported by an experienced and knowledgable sales department based in Battersea, South London.
Keith Spicer Ltd
5 Cobham Road
It was in 1934 that 24-year-old Keith Spicer founded the business, using the parlour of the family home in Bournemouth as the blending department and the distribution fleet consisting of a well-used but serviceable butcher?s bicycle. The company grew rapidly thereafter becoming an important supplier to the local hotel and catering industries and by 1970 had moved to its current location in Ferndown Industrial Estate Dorset.
In 2013 Spicers added a large manufacturing plant in Newcastle to support its blending expertise with the facilities to produce high volume bespoke tea blends. Spicers is now the chosen tea supplier of some of the largest UK supermarkets at the same time offering a broad portfolio of well-known branded teas.
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Eminent Tea Consultant, Malcolm Ferris-Lay has over four decades of experience in the Tea Industry.
Malcolm started his training with Twining's in 1968 and then went on to work with one of London's premier Tea Brokers until the demise of the London Tea Auctions.
In 1984 he joined his family tea business with its four retail tea and coffee shops together with its wholesale business. After the successful sale of the business Malcolm became Sales & Marketing Director and later Managing Director of Williamson & Magor, probably the world's finest family owned tea growers and packers.
Malcolm is recommended by The UK Tea & Infusions Association (previously known as The UK Tea Council) for services as an expert trainer for Afternoon Tea for business conferences, world famous hotels, city and country hotels and tea rooms.
Clients have included Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle (Royal Collection); Atlantis Palm Hotel Dubai; Ritz Carlton Dubai; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas); The Angel Hotel Abergavenny, The Dorchester London, The Savoy, Corinthia London, Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, InterContinental Hotels, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Althorp House and Priory House Tea Rooms.
Malcolm is pleased to offer his services in the following categories:
Afternoon Tea Training,
Bespoke Tea Blending,
Sourcing Product for both trade and consumers,
Reginald Ames Ltd
Unit 12, Tannery Road Industrial Estate
Reginald Ames Ltd. is a long standing tea company that has been running in London since 1934. It is a unique blend of traditional methods & ideologies with modern views & business knowhow. The company has several strings to its bow as follows:
The Directors of the company still pay regular visits to the growing regions in order to ensure the quality of workmanship that they hold in such high regard.
On occasion, they have taken customers along with them to help enhance the customers knowledge ? after all, it is the company?s firm belief that they will only ever be as successful as their customers.
It is fortunate then, that their customers include some of the best tea companies, restaurants, hotels and tea rooms throughout the world.
Reginald Ames is one of the UK's remaining traditional Tea Merchants. The company still adheres to and maintains the very high standards that were a necessary requirement from its conception.
Our combined buying, brokering tea and herbal infusions, shipping and tea blending experience enables the staff at Reginald Ames to continue to provide a high quality service and exceptional product for wholesale and Export sales.
Our skilled team works together to ensure that only the best quality orthodox and CTC manufactured teas are used. The blending drums and teabag machines are continuously in use throughout the year ensuring consistent blends of speciality teas both for Wholesale/Export and individual customers - Speciality - Loose - Teabags.
We import teas from India, Africa, Asia, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and other sources.
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.