A Symbol of Excellence
A front-runner among plantation companies in Sri Lanka, producing high-quality pure Ceylon Tea from seventeen finest tea gardens in Sri Lanka, we take great care to pay attention to and maintain the highest possible eco-friendliness in our tea gardens. We have installed our own hydro electric plants to produce clean power, provide free healthcare to our employees, utilize the most effective and hygienic technology in the tea production process, pioneered the Food Factory concept, and have constantly been judged as the best amongst Regional Tea Plantation Companies in Sri Lanka.
The most recent chapter of our story began in 1992, when Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC was established, following a privatization program initiated by the government of Sri Lanka. However, the history of most of the 17 tea estates in our portfolio dates back to the late 19th century, when the first Scottish Planters set foot on this island of magnificent landscapes and gentle weather, to write the first chapter of the story of tea estates in Sri Lanka.
Backed by a rich heritage, we have been producing the finest Ceylon tea of the country, unsurpassed by any other, since 1992. Since 2003, for nine consecutive years, we had been the number one in rank among all “High Grown Tea in Sri Lanka”. We have also been unbeaten for eight consecutive years in the “Low Grown Tea in Sri Lanka” category. In 2005, our largest tea garden, the Great Western Estate became the first tea estate in Sri Lanka to obtain the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification. In 2010, our tea estates acquired the Rainforest Alliance certification. In the early 2000s, we obtained the ISO 22000 certification.
As a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and owing to our environmentally-sustainable practices for many years, we have being recognized as an ethical business organization in the tea industry of Sri Lanka. We have currently obtained “Ethical Tea Partnership Certification" for all our estates. In addition, our Radella Estate, which produces the finest Ceylon Green Tea, is UTZ certified.
Our people are indeed our greatest asset. At Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC, we inculcate our people with a customer-oriented culture which focuses greatly on professionalism and the delivering of excellence.
Since its inception, the Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC has demonstrated a strong commitment to society and our CSR philosophy emphasizes more on Community Development. We are passionate about serving the communities we live in and this passion is greatly evident in the numerous projects and activities conducted by us in all our tea estate in Sri Lanka, from Childcare to Education, Health, Caring for Elders, Religious events, sports and recreation. We at Talawakelle Tea Estates are always ready to go that extra mile in achieving our CSR objectives.
We unceasingly pledge our support to safeguarding our environment. In addition to implementing an innovative integrated pest management process, all vulnerable water sources in our estates are adequately protected to ensure regular replenishment, and wastewater from our estates is purified before being released into natural waterways and streams.
Energy Management and sourcing renewable energy is one of the key areas of sustainability for Talawakelle Tea Estates. The company is committed to reducing indirect energy consumption and is proud to be a supplier to the national electricity grid.
Our rich history, fearless pioneers, respected leadership and ground-breaking corporate culture - with all this, there is no wonder that our name is synonymous with the highest quality Ceylon tea, created for perfect moments, lasting memories and sealing everlasting partnerships.
We are also proud to be a part of the Hayleys Group, one the largest multinational businesses in Sri Lanka. Blending and logistics relating to our exports are handled by Mabroc Teas (Pvt) Ltd ( www.mabrocteas.com ), a Group Company of Hayleys. Our subsidiaries TTEL Hydro Power Company (Pvt) Ltd and TTEL Somerset Hydro Power Company (Pvt) Ltd are engaged in the generation of hydro power.