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Lipton Tea was Founded by an Eccentric Entrepreneur

Now headquartered in Hoboken, N.J., Lipton Tea was founded by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1893, however his first store was in Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up in a tenement building but that didn’t stop him from becoming a worldwide success while revolutionizing the future of the tea industry.

The Evolution of Lipton Tea

  • 1871 – Sir Thomas Lipton was a huge fan of promotional stunts, so when he opened the first Lipton grocery store in Glasgow, he issued his own Lipton currency and imported the world’s largest cheese to present his products to the community.
  • When he received his first shipment of tea, which arrived in 20,000 tea chests, he put on a party that included a bagpipe parade and a big brass band. By the 1880’s, his business had grown to over 200 stores.
  • 1890 – Purchasing 5,500 acres of the Dambatenne Tea Plantation in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Sir Thomas soon became a millionaire by the time he’d shipped his first batch of tea.
  • 1893 – Officially establishing the Thomas J Lipton Company in Hoboken, New Jersey, he was still determined to provide tea for everyone – not just the wealthy – which meant cheaper packaging and shipping, leading to multiple weight options so customers knew what to expect.

From Strength to Strength

Sir Thomas used the motto “Direct from the tea gardens to the teapot” and his business became a booming success in the U.S.

  • 1900’s – When teabags were invented, after Sir Thomas passed away in 1931, the Lipton company knew how important this new innovation would be for their products. They were the first tea company to print brewing instructions on their tea bag tags.
  • Lipton became a supermarket chain in the U.K. but it was sold to Argyll Foods in 1980 to allow the business to focus on tea. In 1938, Lipton was bought by Unilever in Canada and the U.S. and by 1972 they bought the rest of the global Lipton business.
  • By 1991, they joined with PepsiCo to market ready-to-drink iced tea in North America.

The Rainforest Alliance

Today, all Lipton’s tea in the U.S. is Rainforest Alliance Certified, ensuring sustainability and supporting smallholder farms. In 2009, Lipton received a Corporate Green Globe Award for their work with the alliance and their own tea estates were among the first to be certified.

With plantations still owned in Kenya and Tanzania, Lipton selects botanicals from different plantations all over the world, like Sri Lanka, India and China. They are also involved in extensive research programs at their estates to improve production and harvesting practices.

Lipton Teas

Using only the youngest leaves of the tea plants, Lipton creates affordable and trusted products that provide flavorful beverages, from basic black to iced blends and herbal teas for all types of tea lovers.

Regular Black Tea

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An affordable and classic black tea without any additives, this trusted blend is Rainforest Alliance certified and has reliable flavor and aroma for those who like a no-nonsense cup, made from orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea.

Lemon Liquid Iced Tea Mix

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For a summer treat, try this zesty iced tea concentrate which is made from real tea leaves and natural fruit flavors with no artificial preservatives. A convenient way to make a thirst-quenching beverage, this ice tea liquid is a sweet blend of lemony goodness and aromatic tea leaves.

Vanilla Caramel Pyramids

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Pyramid teabags allow for a perfect brew that’s indulgent enough to replace dessert any time your sweet-tooth beckons. The delicate blend of vanilla and sweet caramel with rich, black tea makes this a heavenly cup that also contains healthy flavonoids.

Lipton Tea has been a mainstay in many households across the globe, along with their popular French Onion Soup mixes and other delicious beverages such as their Pure Leaf range of iced teas, without breaking the bank.

Their website has a variety of recipes and information such as wellness tips and tea party ideas. Sir Thomas would surely be proud of how his company has stood the test of time.

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