Suki Tea Doubles ‘Eco-friendly’ Manufacturing With £500k Investment

A new £500,000 factory has been opened in Lisburn by Suki Tea, a tea maker from Northern Ireland, which enables them to now be able to double their manufacturing capacity. 

The company, which has been operating for 18 years, anticipates that this expansion will increase their sales and enable them to enter new markets, expanding their reach to an extensive 30 countries globally.

Thanks to the new factory, the company also aims to increase production by 600% within the next 10 years, leading to the creation of many additional job opportunities. Also, impressively, the factory is completely powered by renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and other sustainable technology. Let’s look deeper into what this new factory means for the company and the tea industry.

Suki Tea, which was established in Belfast by Annie Irwin and friend Oscar Wooley in 2005, provides loose leaf tea to hotels, cafes, and delis. The company places a high value on sustainability, especially with regards to the ingredients used, the packaging used, and minimising waste.

Their new factory will be powered by renewable energy, which showcases their commitment to sustainability and enhances their environmentally-friendly reputation. Consumers are increasingly interested in supporting companies that prioritise sustainable practices, and renewable energy is a key factor in this regard.

The Lisburn factory has now doubled the manufacturing capacity of before, with a spacious area of over 29,000 square feet. The new development has created more opportunities for production, specifically for the introduction of upcoming products.

The company has set a new standard for achieving shared growth, while increasing sales and revenues, and also prioritising environmental sustainability alongside its expansion. The Northern Irish government economic development agency, Invest NI, collaborated with Suki Tea to create and execute sustainable heating and cooling methods for their new factory.

Suki Tea has stated that the agency played a crucial part in aiding their factory to achieve their sustainability objectives, highlighting the importance of local collaborations in adhering to global sustainability standards.

This expansion in the tea industry indicates that there is an increasing need for sourcing tea responsibly, and the industry’s growth is partly due to this demand. The company has achieved a production scale that allows tea to be a convenient and versatile product.

Over the years, Suki Tea has already entered new markets, and their latest expansion will enable them to further keep supporting offices, cafes, bars, restaurants, caterers, and hotels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and many other locations.

This expansion is an important moment for the company and the tea industry in general. The message emphasises how manufacturers can simultaneously focus on sustainability, collaborate with local partners, enhance production capacity, and grow globally.

The company’s new factory is a great example of how a company can achieve production growth goals while still maintaining responsible sourcing and sustainable practices, which is becoming increasingly important to consumers.

The manufacturing outlook for Suki Tea looks promising and all will look forward to observing their future achievements and accomplishments at the hands of their new ‘eco-friendly’ factory.

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