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Chinese Tea Lovers Falling Love with Ceylon Tea at SIAL, China 2018

The 19th edition of SIAL China exhibition was held from 16th to 18thMay 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. SIAL China exhibition is a leading Asian meeting point for the food and beverage industry. Major market players from retail, catering, hotel, restaurants, food services, import / export and manufacturers across the globe participate at this exhibition on regular basis.

A special Sri Lanka Country pavilion for ''Ceylon Tea'' was also organized by the Sri Lanka Tea Board at this exhibition. This pavilion included eight booth holders namely, the Sri Lanka Tea Board as the main focal point and seven private sector Ceylon Tea companies, namely; Nature Ceylon Trading (Pvt) Ltd., Green House Tea Exports Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd., Maltras International (Pvt)Ltd., Basilur Tea Exports (Pvt)Ltd., Regency Teas (Pvt) Ltd., Enrich Tea & Food Exports (Pvt) Ltd., Euro Asia Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. 

This special pavilion for “Ceylon Tea” was ceremonially declared opened by 

Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Planation Industries with Mr. Lakshitha Rathnayake, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Shanghai China. The VIP's had brief discussions with Sri Lankan Tea Exporters as well as their potential Ceylon tea buyers who attended the expo. This was a great platform for Chinese tea lovers to explore Ceylon Tea from its direct exporters.





The 2nd China International Tea Expo was held in China

The 2nd China International Tea Expo was held from 18th to 22nd May 2018 at Hangzhou International Expo Centre in Hangzhou, China. Sri Lanka Tea Board has organized a national pavilion along with five tea exporter companies namely;

Imperial Teas (Pvt) Ltd,

Lions Management (Pvt) Ltd,

Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory Ltd,

Millennium Teas (Pvt) Ltd,

Expoteas Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd,

The Ceylon Tea National Pavilion was officially inaugurated by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, the Minister of Plantation Industries with other distinguished ministers and guests from other countries.

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Tea Board steps up protection for Pure Ceylon Tea quality

By Charumini de Silva ( )




Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) confirmed yesterday that it will introduce a new foolproof method to ensure the quality of Ceylon Tea for the world market which includes a baseline and a validation of the test to detect sugar adulteration in made tea from next month. “The tea industry will get a transparent and a scientifically accepted method to detect sugar adulteration in made tea, particularly in black tea from mid-June, which will enable the country to put an end to this menace and bring the culprits to book,” SLTB Chairman Lucille Wijewardena told the Daily FT. According to him, the TRI has completed a comprehensive study during the past year, with over 300 samples of different grades of teas from different regions (high and low grown) to establish a baseline to detect sugar adulteration in made tea.  He affirmed that there will be no space for malpractices as the samples will be tested twice by the TRI and SLTB to ensure transparency of the methodology, where the results of the sample tests can be obtained within a day.  Noting that queries on adulteration of made tea with sugar was one of the serious problems emerging frequently in the tea industry, he said it was paramount importance to develop this foolproof methodology to detect the sugar adulteration in tea. Wijewardena also pointed out that, as sugar is a component that naturally exists in tea brew, detection of sugar adulteration in teas in process (wet dhools) was a challenging task for the authorities for years, and thereby developing the baseline information on inherent sugar content in different types of Sri Lankan teas was a compulsory pre-requisite.  “Once this foolproof method is introduced by using a considerable number of samples with respect to different grades and regions, the baseline figure for sugar levels in tea could be established. It will be an important tool for the detection of sugar adulteration with high accuracy,” he added.  In March, out of the 740 tea factories in the country, SLTB alleged 53 to have added sugar into the teas to increase its appearance and colour. The detections were carried out to look for the sugar in tea by obtaining samples of teas before and after rolling as it has been found out that the sugar is added at the point of rolling the tea leaves. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the teas were adulterated with glucose, sucrose and fructose, and the factories were found to be mainly from Ratnapura, Galle and Matara. “Although the authorities rushed in to put an end to this menace in good faith, as there was no baseline and a validated method, there was a challenge to prove it,” he noted. Despite the political influence the factory owners have, which has been accepted even by the subject Minister Navin Dissanayake in open forums, the SLTB Chairman assured that there will be no scope for the culprits to tarnish the image of Ceylon Tea, as they will be brought to book. “Well, I wouldn’t deny the fact that there is political influence to certain factory owners, but that doesn’t stop us from implementing the rule of law in this country, especially in hampering the tea industry and its goodwill in the world market. Now that we have the methodology, no one can challenge it,” Wijewardena stressed.



The Sri Lanka High Commission London facilitated the participation of Sri Lanka Tea Board and four (04) Sri Lankan companies at the 'Natural & Organic Products Europe' trade show held from 22nd- 23rd April 2018 at ExCel, London. Euro-Scan Exports Private Ltd, Hidellana Tea Factory Private Ltd, Vivo Tea Company Ceylon Private Ltd and Lions Management Private Ltd took part in the trade show.


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Sri Lanka was represented at SIAL Canada 2018

Sri Lanka was represented at SIAL Canada 2018, by the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) together with Mlesna Tea, Imperial Tea Exporters Pvt. Ltd, Tea Talk Pure Ceylon Tea and Regency Tea. Hero Nature Products Pvt. Ltd also participated at this exhibition under the Market Access and Capacity Building Programme facilitated by TFO, Canada.

Value added Ceylon Tea was displayed by Mlesna Tea and Imperial Tea Exporters Pvt. Ltd at this exhibition. Tea Talk Pure Ceylon Tea and Regency Tea, in addition to value added Ceylon Tea, also showcased essential oils and virgin coconut oil. Hero Nature Products Pvt. Ltd displayed coconut products; virgin coconut oil, and coconut milk powder.


This year’s SIAL Canada featured more than 1,000 national and international exhibitors and was attended by national and international exhibitors from 50 countries as well as over 18,500 professional buyers/visitors from Canada, the United States and other countries.

Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and UAE, were among the countries that participated at this trade event.

Consul (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Toronto participated at the two day Market Orientation Programme, which consisted of a Market Familiarization Tour, prior to the exhibition, in order to explore the Canadian retail markets and consumer trends, and also at the information session on the Canadian market, organized by the TFO Canada.

The B2B meetings organized during the SIAL Canada exhibition ensured exhibitors to establish useful  trade contacts and some of the exhibitors have already received orders for their products from the new business links made.

Positive feedback was given by the exhibitors about the Market Orientation Programme and the B2B meetings arranged, and the coordination by all relevant government agencies.





“Newum Tea Mangalyaya-2018”

The National ceremony of “Newum Tea Mangalyaya-2018” was held for the second time at Historic Kotapola Gatabaru Raja Maha Viharaya on 30th April 2018 with the participation of all tea stake holders affiliated with the tea Industry including the Srilanka Tea Board, Tea Small Holding Development Authority,Tea Research Institute,Tea factory owners, green tea leaf dealers & tea small holders under the patronage of Hon. Navin  Dissanayake Minister  of Plantation Industries & the participation of Hon. Sagala Rathnayaka Minister of Project Management, Youth affairs & Southern Development.

The “Newum Tea Mangalyaya-2018” programs were held in other tea related districts at the same day parallel to the national program.

Kandy  -    9.00 am Historic Temple of the Tooth Relic
               4.00 pm Ambakka Mosque,Arawwala
Badulla -    8.30 am Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Kalutara -  8.00 am Kande Viharaya, Aluthgama

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Seminar on Rush Crop Management during Festive Season - 2018, Matara & Galle Regional Office Sri Lanka Tea Board,2018.04.02,Sanaya Mansion Hotel.Matara

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Seminar on Rush Crop Management -2018 during Festive Season, Gampola Regional Office Sri Lanka Tea Board,2018.04.03, Oakray Hotel - Kandy.

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Seminar on Quality Tea Manufacturing, Bandarawela Regional Office Sri Lanka Tea Board,2018.04.06,Malindee Hotel.Bindinuwewa - UWA TEA BEST TEA IN THE WORLD

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Seminar for Minimize Post Harvest Losses in the New Year Season - 2018 Ratnapura Regional Office - Ratnapura - 2018.03.26


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