The Colombo Tea Auction is the world’s largest single-origin tea auction held every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. On average about 6 million kilograms of Ceylon tea is sold each week.
The Covid disaster had a significant impact on all sectors of Sri Lanka and more or less severely affected the tea industry as well. The pandemic effect was such that finally even the Colombo tea auction had to be cancelled for 2 weeks. The economic impact was felt by tea growers, brokers, as well as tea plantation workers.
Due to the urgent need to re-launch the tea auction, Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association (CTTA) have teamed up with local Microsoft partners, CICRA Solutions, to move towards faster digital alternatives. This was an effective alternative to protect the 150- year-old tea industry and the livelihoods of nearly two million people. This kept buyers and sellers socially isolated so that they could bid outside the auction rooms from their own home or workplace.
The weekly multi-million dollar tea auction used to be held in three rooms over two days with hundreds of brokers and buyers, but the conversion to E-auction allowed for safe selling and buying of tea. Due to the success of this, the leadership of our Managing Director, Mr. Jayantha Karunaratne who is the current Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association was highly commended.
Another special moment in this historic milestone is that Imperial Tea Exports was the very first to successfully bid at the e-auction platform and therefore we had the honor of purchasing the first stock of tea at the first E- auction in the history of the tea industry.
Lots of research confirms that your health can potentially be increased by drinking tea.
Scientific evidence shows that black tea contains potent antioxidant compounds that can defend daily tea drinkers from many chronic diseases such as Covid-19.
Some health benefits of tea are presented here,
- Contains antioxidants.
- Tea contains a lower level of caffeine than coffee.
- Can decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Tea will aid in weight loss.
- Tea can help safeguard your bones
- The immune system can be strengthened by tea
- Help fight cancer
- The intestinal system can be calmed by herbal tea
- Tea is Calorie-free
Other studies have shown that teas can help protect the teeth and heart.
Black tea is an immune booster that can aid in the condition of Covid 19.
To classify ‘antiviral’ agents that may cure patients infected by COVID 19, multiple trials are underway worldwide in search of therapeutic alternatives. “Prevention is better than cure” though. The Sri Lanka Tea Research Institute has made a sincere attempt to research the “Power of Ceylon Black Tea” as a possible booster to help one’s immune system battle the virus when challenged.
The report of the Sri Lanka Tea Research Institute has shown that inhaling boiling water combined with Black Tea will make it easier to clean the paths to the lungs. Since the COVID-19 outbreak is a similar condition, it is hard for patients to breathe. Researchers at the Sri Lanka Tea Board Laboratory say that hot black tea is capable of flushing viruses stuck in the throat area with repeated intake.
The possible benefits of ingestion of Black & Green Tea in managing influenza and common cold usually triggered by viral infections have been demonstrated in several studies performed in different countries. Tea Polyphenols can bind and prevent the dissemination of the substrate of the influenza virus.
Daily, Sri Lankans drink 03 to 04 cups of tea. Therefore the habit of drinking tea can also lead to the low occurrence of coronavirus infected patients in addition to disease prevention steps.
About the circumstantial evidence available, it may be concluded that the daily intake of black tea (03 to 04 cups without sugar or milk) is very useful and related to boosting the immune system towards respiratory diseases in average human beings. As explained in this analysis, COVID-19 is an influenza-like disease that may be thought to be curtailed by theaflavins, one of the most active ingredients in Black Tea.
Consuming tea can effectively improve the immune system’s ability to resist infections. While tea contains many antioxidants and other compounds, which improve health, it is less clear how the catechin content affects immune function.
At the award ceremony held at Marino Beach Hotel, Colombo 03 on 08th August 2019, Imperial Teas Group website won the Silver Award for Best Advertising and Marketing website category. You may visit our website www.imperialteasgroup.lk for further information.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Jayantha Karunaratne, Managing Director of Imperial Teas Group was appointed as the Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) at the 125th Annual General Meeting held at the Shangri-La hotel Colombo on 09th August 2019, amidst a distinguished gathering. The CTTA is the umbrella organization encompassing the Tea Exporters Association, Brokers Association, Tea Factory Owners Association, the Planters Association and the Federation of Tea Small Holder Societies.
Imperial Teas strongly believe in family values and their talents. In light of this, the company’s newsletter committee organized an art competition in the month of February for the children of Imperial Teas staff and factory workers under the theme; The Tea industry. Around 50 submissions were received in three age categories; below 8 years, between 8-18 years and another open category for individuals over 18 years which allowed staff and even spouses to participate. Upon receipt of some beautiful drawings, the Imperial newsletter committee organized an art exhibition at the office to display all the entries received. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category were selected by an independent panel of judges at the exhibition and winners were rewarded with new laptop bags and gift vouchers at an awards ceremony held on 7th March, 2019. As a token of appreciation for participating in the competition, all the individuals who submitted entries were gifted a custom designed mug, courtesy of the Imperial Teas Group as well. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our Newsletter committee, Imperial was yet again able to conduct a successful event for its employees! Here are some highlights from the exhibition and awards ceremony!
One of the Imperial Groups key initiatives is helping and supporting underprivileged school children. Keeping this in mind, a group of staff from Imperial Teas once again voluntarily travelled all the way to the Anuradhapura/Medawachchiya district with the goal of bringing new life to the school and classrooms of these students. An expedition that commenced at 3.30am on 6th February ended successfully with 02 of the schools buildings and classrooms as well as students tables and chairs being painted and given a new lease of life!
- A/Mahakoongaskada Vidyalaya
- Thammannakulama Vidyalaya
Dawning of the New Year at Imperial Teas Group commenced with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp followed by the launching of the Group website after months of hard work and dedication by the staff involved. The new site launched is available and the URL is www.imperialteasgroup.com
If you have visited our website before, you might notice that it looks different this time. That is because we have updated the site with a new design, new features and new content. Our goal with the new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about our group activities and also to allow our visitors to browse information based on their choice. Amongst the new features, the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to facilitate improved communication with our clients. The new website will provide easy access for information concerning our individual subsidiaries.
The final phase of the New Year programme was the opening of a specially designed room to house the numerous trophies both local and international awarded to our group.
As part of the company’s ongoing CSR activities staff of Imperial Teas Group were engaged in a beach clean up operation on Monday 12th November, cleaning the beach from Wellawatta railway station up to Mount Lavinia. Our staff devoted the whole day for the clean up operation and thereby doing their part in keeping the environment clean and persevering the beautiful beach which is one of the major tourist attractions of Sri Lanka.