Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Tea is a distinctly British beverage and more than 60 billion cups of tea are consumed per year in the United Kingdom alone. Britons are among the world's biggest tea consumers, with over 1,200 varieties to choose from. Most of the tea consumed in the United Kingdom is black tea, made primarily from a blend of East African and South Asian tea leaves. Since very little tea is grown in the United Kingdom, the industry is highly dependent on global supplies, which are affected by the weather, crop diseases, domestic political situations and other external factors. The industry is dominated by multinational giants like Unilever and Tata Global Beverages, which are vertically integrated and boast a strong portfolio of brands such as Tetley, PG Tips and Lipton... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The geographical spread of tea processors tends to follow population growth and per capita disposable income as tea is not cultivated in the United Kingdom. Large multinational companies like Unilever dominate the processing, blending, packaging and distribution of tea and are located close to their major customers.
The North West
The North West accounts the biggest number of industry establishments. The region houses the primary processing centre of the United Kingdom's most popular tea brand, PG Tips, at Trafford Park in Manchester. Typhoo is blended and packed at a facility in Moreton, Liverpool. The region offers good links with suppliers because of the Port of Liverpool, through which raw tea is imported.
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