English     |     Español     |     Français
Exporting to Canada - Experts in trade for developing countries - TFO Canada
HIDE
  
Sign In or Register
Username:     Password:
 
Remember me   Forgot password?
Not a member? Register here
Not a member? Register here    
Home > About TFO Canada > News

Trade News

Each day TFO Canada publishes a sample of trade news on the Canadian import market along with any new, updated or changed regulations and legislations regarding international trade; countries in which TFO Canada offers services and on the export sectors which it promotes.

 

Sri Lankan tea giant eyes expansion in Gulf region

Monday, March 05, 2018 > 09:35:47
Print


Arabian Business 



Dilmah plans sales boost through tie-ups with five-star hotels, regional airlines, and launching more t-Lounges

Sri Lanka's Dilmah, one of the world’s leading tea brands, is looking to further expand operations in the Middle East region.

Dilmah said in a statement that it is planning to enhance its sales in the Middle East by end of 2018 through tie-ups with five-star hotels, other regional airlines, and launching exclusive t-Lounges.

For the last three years, Dilmah and its group companies have been posting sales figures of $66 million every year on an average, it added on the sidelines of the Gulfood trade exhibition in Dubai.

Dilmah produces roughly 14–15 million kg of tea annually with the help from 200,000 employees in tea plantations covering 50,000 acres, a third of which is owned completely by the company and the rest in the form co-owned plantation.

Currently the brand is associated with most of the leading airlines in the Middle East region including a 25-year-old partnership with Emirates Airline.

Dilmah, which also launched its high-end t-Lounge in Dubai, said it plans to roll out the concept in other markets in the GCC region.





Sri Lanka's Dilmah, one of the world’s leading tea brands, is looking to further expand operations in the Middle East region.

Dilmah said in a statement that it is planning to enhance its sales in the Middle East by end of 2018 through tie-ups with five-star hotels, other regional airlines, and launching exclusive t-Lounges.

For the last three years, Dilmah and its group companies have been posting sales figures of $66 million every year on an average, it added on the sidelines of the Gulfood trade exhibition in Dubai.

Dilmah produces roughly 14–15 million kg of tea annually with the help from 200,000 employees in tea plantations covering 50,000 acres, a third of which is owned completely by the company and the rest in the form co-owned plantation.

Currently the brand is associated with most of the leading airlines in the Middle East region including a 25-year-old partnership with Emirates Airline.

Dilmah, which also launched its high-end t-Lounge in Dubai, said it plans to roll out the concept in other markets in the GCC region.

Dilhan C Fernando, founder, Dilmah, said: "The Middle East region has a long history with tea and is home to a very large tea drinking population that also includes a large expatriate contingent of tea enthusiasts. 

"We are delighted to have met several distributors who could be our potential partners in the other Middle Eastern market.  Gulfood is an ideal platform to expand to other markets."

Dilmah Tea, which is part of the MJF Group based in Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka, produces more than six million cups of tea per day.

Fernando said that another concept that he wants to bring to the region is the Dilmah School of Tea which seeks to inspire passion in tea through knowledge of the artisanal aspects of tea among hospitality professionals, tea aficionados and consumers.

The premium tea brand is targeting a 15-20 percent increase in its sales growth in the region, up from 7-8 percent currently, added Merrill Fernando, founder of Dilmah Tea.

“The company markets its high-priced tea in GCC countries, where Saudi is its biggest market by sales value. We expect to be in majority of the upcoming and the existing five-star hotels in the GCC this year. The premium tea brand, which is present in some five-star hotels and upper scale supermarkets, is working on increasing its visibility in the region,” he said.


Contact TFO Canada
Meet Our Supporters
TFO Canada
130 Slater Street
Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario
CANADA   K1P 6E2
T 1.613.233.3925
F 1.613.233.7860
Canada Toll-Free:
1.800.267.9674
 
© TFO Canada   |   Sitemap   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Privacy Policy   |   Contact Us