Almar Teas (Pvt) Ltd.,one of Sri Lanka’s leading tea exporters recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. Present on the occasion were senior management, staff and all those who contributed to the success of the company over the years.
Chairperson of the Almar Group, the holding company, Mrs Avurasee Weerasinghe, Co-Managing Directors; Amanda Weerasinghe and Asanga Weerasinghe, Achinda Weerasinghe, Director and Milinda Jayawardena, CEO, Almar Teas participated in this celebratory event.
Employees who have been with the company from the inception were felicitated during the event.
Commenting on the occasion, Managing Director at Alma Teas Amanda Weerasinghe noted the company was able to win the trust of the world market because it maintained the finest quality and standard of teas over the last decade.
“Never in our history have we received complaints of the quality of our product. I believe that we were able to reach rapid growth in the business because we have always maintained high quality inthe products we export. Our ‘Aura’ brand is already established in the world tea market,” he said.
He stated the company also contributes a significant percentage of the export income in Sri Lanka.
Weerasinghe disclosed that coinciding with the 10th Anniversary, the company plans to expand into the local market. “We have already introduced ‘Hela Kahata’ to the local market and I believe we will win thehearts of consumers in the local market just the way we won customers in the world market.”
CEO of Almar Teas, Milinda Jayawardena commended the remarkable journey of the company over the last 10 years in marketing high quality teas in the world tea market.
He pointed out that Almar Teas, a company started in 2005 with only eight members was able to be among the top 20 leading tea exporters in Sri Lanka by 2014. The company has also been able to survive the world economic recession and grow rapidly during such a small timeframe because it made the right decisions atthe right times.
“I joined Almar Teas in 2009 and became the CEO in 2013.I was able to market tea catering to different tastes and needs of customers worldwide resulting in an exponential growth of our sales,” he added.
“Our next target is to be among the top 10 tea exporters in Sri Lanka by the end of this year,”said Jayawardena. “I would also like to thank our Managing Director, Amanda Weerasinghe and our staff for their immense and constant support given.”
Almar Teas (Pvt) Ltd., exports high quality teas to more than 30 countries including regions in Mediterranean, Gulf, Russia, Middle Asia, North America, Far East Asia, Europe and Scandinavia.
It helps to bring in export revenue to the island and also enhance Sri Lanka’s reputation for high qualitytea. The company has won several certificates recognising its quality products including HACCP, ISO 22000:2005, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).