The premium loose leaf tea manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer says its new renewable energy-powered facility will immediately double production capacity and enable global distribution to 30 countries
The move will immediately double Suki Tea Makers' manufacturing and warehousing capacity | Photo credit: Suki Tea Makers
Belfast-based Suki Tea Makers has invested £500,000 ($619,000) in a new factory and headquarters which is expected to increase its production capacity by more than 600% over the next decade.
Founded in 2005 by Anne Irwin and Oscar Woolley, Suki Tea Makers sources, blends and supplies packaged loose leaf tea to HoReCa, retail and at-home channels, predominantly across the UK and Ireland.
Suki Tea Makers said consolidating its headquarters, office and production factory into one 7,500sq ft site will immediately double its manufacturing and warehousing capacity and expand its distribution to 30 countries.
The new factory, which is 100% powered by renewable energy sources, including a 10kW Solar PV system, has enabled Suki Tea Makers to reduce its Scope 2 carbon emissions seven years ahead of schedule.
Scope 2 carbon emissions are generated indirectly through energy purchased for operational purposes.
“In 2019, we set ourselves a number of environmental targets and we’re thrilled to say that moving to our new Tea Factory this spring has brought us another step closer to achieving these by eliminating our Scope 2 emissions seven years ahead of schedule. The new move is an important step in our commitment to sustainability and the environment, and we are proud to be leading the way in the tea industry,” said Anne Irwin, co-founder and Managing Director, Suki Tea Makers.
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