6 mil­lion kg of tea con­sumed an­nu­ally in Kuwait

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ben Gar­cia

Ac­cord­ing to the Sri Lankan am­bas­sador to Kuwait, peo­ple in the state con­sume an es­ti­mated 5.5 to 6.0 mil­lion kilo­grams of tea an­nu­ally. “This re­flects a high per capita tea con­sump­tion. Cey­lon Tea en­joys a strong mar­ket share of about 50 per­cent, main­tain­ing its lead­er­ship,” Kan­deepan Bala said dur­ing a tea party at the em­bassy to cel­e­brate 150 years of the Sri Lankan tea in­dus­try (Cey­lon Tea) at the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence in Salwa. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by dig­ni­taries and a host of peo­ple from var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

Tea par­ties were or­ga­nized by the Colombo Tea Traders As­so­ci­a­tion and the Sri Lanka Tea Board jointly with em­bassies all over the world with the help of the Sri Lankan min­istry of for­eign af­fairs. Sri Lanka is the world’s largest ex­porter of tea and is de­light­ing tea drinkers in al­most 150 coun­tries.

“Kuwait has one of the high­est per capita GDP in the world, while up to two-thirds of the pop­u­la­tion in Kuwait is made up of for­eign ex­pa­tri­ates, dom­i­nated by South Asians,” Bala ex­plained. “As such, the tea mar­ket is broadly clas­si­fied into the ortho­dox spe­cialty type Cey­lon Tea, which is pop­u­lar among our Arab friends, and the mass scale CTC type usu­ally con­sumed by most South Asians. We are grate­ful to Kuwait for be­ing the lead­ing pa­trons of Cey­lon Tea and the trust they have in it,” he added.

“The Global Cey­lon Tea Party” was or­ga­nized at Sri Lankan diplo­matic en­ti­ties in 37 coun­tries, while part­ner tea com­pa­nies, cafes and homes across the globe hosted sim­i­lar par­ties on July 6. Lo­ca­tions in up to 50 coun­tries, with pop­u­la­tions in ex­cess of half the world, cel­e­brated this un­prece­dented event to set a world record for the largest and long­est global tea party ever. His­tor­i­cally, in 1867, an en­ter­pris­ing Scots­man named James Tay­lor, re­spected as the “Fa­ther of Cey­lon Tea”, pi­o­neered the com­mer­cial cul­ti­va­tion of this “green gold” in Sri Lanka, for­merly known as Cey­lon. Today, Sri Lanka’s tea in­dus­try has re­tained the world renowned Cey­lon Tea iden­tity due to its global recog­ni­tion.

KUWAIT: Sri Lankan am­bas­sador to Kuwait Kan­deepan Bala speaks dur­ing a tea party held at the em­bassy. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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