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Tea Brands

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Tea Brands

Adagio Teas, Bigelow Tea Company, Lipton, PG Tips, Scottish Blend, Tetley, Twinings, Typhoo, Yogi Tea.

Adagio Teas

Adagio Teas is an American tea company based in New Jersey. They specialise in high-quality gourmet tea, which is sold directly to consumers via their website.

Bigelow Tea Company

R.C. Bigelow, Inc better known as the Bigelow Tea Company is an American tea company based in Fairfield, Connecticut. The company was founded by Ruth C. Bigelow in the late 1940s, based on a recipe she marketed as "Constant Comment" tea. Bigelow is still a 100% family-owned business that markets over 50 varieties of tea, including black, green and herbal teas, all of which are still blended in Fairfield. They also own America's only tea plantation, in Charleston, South Carolina.


Lipton is the world's biggest tea brand, selling both hot and iced tea around the world. It started as a British tea company, and was founded by Sir Thomas Lipton. The brand name is now owned by Unilever. The company owns two of its own tea plantations -- in Kenya and Sri Lanka -- as well as buying on the world tea markets.

Available in over 110 countries, Lipton is particularly popular in Europe, North America, the Middle East and parts of Asia. Lipton Ice Tea is sold through a worldwide partnership with Pepsi.

Along with tea, in the US and Canada, some soup and powder products carry the Lipton name. These are currently being -- or will be -- moved over to other brand names, to keep Lipton as a purely tea brand. These include:
"Lipton Soup Secrets", a line of dried soup mixes
"Lipton cup-a-soup"
"Lipton Recipe Secrets", a line of spice mixes
"Lipton Sides", a line of dried rice and pasta mixes

Lipton's current slogan is "Drink Better, Live Better".

PG Tips

PG Tips is a popular brand of tea in the United Kingdom; its manufacturers Unilever UK Foods say that Britons drink 35 million cups of PG Tips a day. The brand is also popular with British expatriates the world over.

1 Brand name
2 Advertising
3 Products
4 Slogans

PG Tips Brand name

PG Tips was first launched by Brooke Bond in 1930; at that time it was known as Digestive. After the Second World War labelling regulations ruled out describing tea as aiding digestion, a property that tea was previously attributed, and Brooke Bond changed the brand name to PRE-GEST-TEE (Taking the main elements of PRE-diGESTive TEA). This was shortened by the van salesmen to PG, and the name stuck, eventually being changed on the cartons sold to shops, and by 1950/1 the name PG Tips was officially adopted. "Tips" refers to the fact that only the tips (the top two leaves and bud) of the tea plants are used in the blend.

PG Tips Advertising

Since 1956, in the longest running advertising campaign for any brand, PG Tips often advertised using chimpanzees dressed as humans and drinking tea: the "Tipps family".

One of these adverts, called "Mr. Shifter" holds the world record, for the advert shown most times on British Television. A whole range of figurine chimps were made as collectors editions for PG Tips, and some are very rare. All the chimps in the adverts were featured (including Kevin Tipps and Mr. Shifter).

This campaign was replaced in 2002, with a housesharing group of claymation birds animated by Aardman, the company behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. This led to PG Tips becoming a major partner with Wallace and Gromit's first film "The Curse of the Wererabbit", launched in October 2005. PG offered "Gromit" mugs on pack in the supermarket.

In 2005, PG Tips celebrated its 75th anniversary, with special packs, and even a limited edition Golden pack, which uses the same blend, but utilising the very finest tea leaves the company could source. If you get a chance to try it, it's well worth the effort!

PG Tips Products

PG Tips is available as loose tea, tea bags, and in Vending formats.

PG Tips is imported as single estate teas from around the world and blended to the precise proportions (Blend 777 for those who are interested...) at the Trafford Park factory in Manchester.

In the 1960s, PG Tips was the first brand to introduce the tea bag. This grew in popularity, eventually becoming more popular than leaf tea in the 1970s.

PG Tags, tea bags with a string, were launched in 1985, and pyramid-shaped tea bags in 1996. The Pyramid shaped bag was specifically designed to help the tea leaves move more freely, as loose tea moves in a teapot, and create a better infusion.

The Brooke Bond name has now been dropped for all packaging, focusing on the PG Tips brand name, and the international Lipton brand.

In Scotland, Unilever sell a specially developed blend of Pg, designed for the soft waters of Scotland. It is called Scottish Blend

PG Tips Slogans

"We All Need a PG Moment"

"There's no other tea to beat PG"

"It'sh the tashte!" ('spoken' by a chimp)

Scottish Blend

Scottish Blend is Scotland's second most popular brand of tea.

Manufactured by Unilever UK Foods, who also make PG Tips and Lipton, it is specially blended to taste good in the soft waters of Scotland.

It was the first tea to take the needs of the Scottish market in to account when blending tea.

It is sold in Pyramid Tea Bags, or as a loose tea for the teapot. It is also available as a tea specially for vending machines.


The Tetley Group was an Indian tea company. It was created on July 28, 1995 when a group of investors, together with backing from investment houses Schroder Ventures and PPM Ventures Ltd, bought what was then the Lyons worldwide beverage business from Allied Domecq.

On March 10, 2000 the sale of The Tetley Group to Tata Tea Limited, one of the world's largest integrated tea businesses, was completed.


Twinings is a brand of tea, primarily operating in the United Kingdom. The company first made tea in 1706, and it was taken over in 1964 by Associated British Foods.

Twinings mostly provide speciality teas such as Lapsang Souchong, English Breakfast and Darjeeling. It is generally accepted that the company were the first to blend Earl Grey in Britain during the premiership of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, although this is disputed by rival tea merchants Jacksons of Piccadilly.

During 2005, Twinings introduced their first generic, non-speciality tea, under the brand 'Everyday Tea'. The company is also known for its ethical and fair trade policy.


Typhoo is a brand of tea in the United Kingdom. It was launched in 1903 by William Sumner of Birmingham, England.

Typhoo History

In 1863, Sumner published, A Popular Treatise on Tea as a by- product of the first trade missions to China from London.

In 1870, Sumner founded a pharmacy/grocery business in Birmingham.

Sumner set his own criteria for the new brand:
The name had to be distinctive and unlike others.
It had to be a name that would trip off the tongue.
It had to be one that would be protected by registration.

Typhoo Today

The brand was now owned by British company Premier Foods, and is manufactured at Moreton on the Wirral. Previously it was manufactured in Edinburgh, Scotland. In October 2005 Premier Foods announced that it was selling Typhoo Tea to India's Apeejay Surrendra Group for $140 million.

The old works still stand, including a large chimney. The site is to be redeveloped into a prestigeous canal-side apartment project.

Premier Foods claim that 6.4 million cups of Typhoo are drunk each day, in addition to 2 million cups of its fruit and herb teas. This equates to 10,000 tonnes of tea bags each year.

Yogi Tea

Yogi Tea is the name of a range of herbal teas manufactured by the Golden Temple Company in Portland, Oregon. The recipes use cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper as the basic ingredients, and the packaging informs that the recipes was formulated along the principles of ayurvedic medicine.

Yogi Tea History

The Yogi Tea Company was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the Golden Temple Vegetarian Restaurants in Portland, Oregon. The restaurant was opened by students of Yogi Bhajan, a Mahan Tantric and master of Kundalini Yoga. After his classes Yogi Bhajan would prepare a blend of tea containing cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black pepper which the students dubbed “Yogi tea”. The tea was so popular at Golden Temple Vegetarian Restaurant that they started packaging it.

Over time the company introduced new blends and lines, such as Healing Formula teas in 1991. Also in 1991, the company started making its teas from organic ingredients. The company eventually expanded from herbal teas to include blends of black and green teas, too.

Since 2000, the boxes have featured illustrations by Seva Kaur. The illustrations are based on a devotional poem or prayer found on the inside of the box. The illustrations found on the Chai, Woman's, and Exotic Teas, are done by Latvian artist Anita Kreituse. The boxes use vegetable based inks and dyes, and non-irradiated recycled carton materials.

Yogi Tea Product

The company produces over 50 blends of tea. These include 22 blends in their Healing Formulas line, 11 green teas, 9 exotic teas, 5 Women’s Healing Formulas, 3 organic chais, and 2 black teas. All the blends contain organic ingredients, but due to a lack of availability for some organic ingredients not all blends are entirely organic. The blends that are 95% organic have the USDA organic seal. Yogi Botanicals, who has a prohibition on GMOs, organizes the growing and distribution of the organic herbs and spices required for the teas and Quality Assurance International acts as a third party certifier. The tea bags are 100% oxygen bleached and recyclable. The bags are placed in a heat-sealed envelope which is then placed into a cellophane-wrapped box.

Tea Brands

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