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Unilever reveals suppliers for its British tea brands incl. market leader PG Tips following campaign for transparency

Author: Sonia Elks, Reuters, Published on: 7 February 2019

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Food giant Unilever shared details of suppliers for all its British tea brands, including market leader PG Tips, after a campaign for transparency by charity Traidcraft Exchange...

When the campaign first launched last year, none of the major brands shared details of their suppliers...

Data published by Unilever showed that it uses a number of suppliers in Assam as well as plantations elsewhere in India and in Indonesia, Japan and Kenya.

“We believe it’s important to know where our tea comes from as this is the starting point for any action that makes a positive impact where it matters most,” Unilever said in a statement...

Traidcraft will use the data to help workers in Assam identify who is buying from the plantations where they work and ensure welfare pledges made by brands are upheld...

Yorkshire Tea, owned by Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, was the first to publish in July 2018, followed by Twinings, Tetley, Clipper...

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