Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How do You Like Your Tea?

Mark Dalgety receiving award from presenters.

Southeast London-based Dalgety Teas & Herbs, recently won the prestigious International Business award at the Thames Gateway Business Awards, at Greenwich's O2 Centre.

Founder and owner, Mark Dalgety, started the business 12 years ago with £1,000 on a Visa credit card. He has since built Dalgety Teas into a thriving business, which employs thirteen workers in its London factory operations. It is the only black-owned tea company in the UK, with its own in-house, state of the art tea production facilities and its production capability is 1.4 million tea bags per day. Dalgety Teas buys directly from more than 100 small farmers in the Caribbean.

Dalgety declared: "I knew I had an excellent product on my hands when the Chinese were so impressed they wanted me to set up the business there. As a business, we have never been afraid of exploring new markets, and believe this award has recognised that."

Dalgety has recently introduced its teas to the Nigerian market. The aim is to use Nigeria as the hub for the rest of Western Africa. The teas can be found in many independent retailers across the UK, as well as leading supermarket chains like Sainsbury's and Tesco.

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