Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) welcomes Ringtons as the latest tea company to join the industry-wide tea sustainability programme. Founded in 1907 by Samuel Smith, Ringtons remains a family business today and is renowned for its expertise in tea blending and packing. This Great British tea company proudly continues to blend and pack 100% of its tea in the UK and is still run by the Smith family today.
Although horse and carts have now been replaced by vans, the company continues to sell tea door-to-door as well as through a thriving online business. Ringtons also packs tea for key retailers, supplying companies such as Marks and Spencer since 1975. Through its wholesale division, Ringtons Beverages is also a key supplier to hotels, restaurants, cafes, workplaces and visitor attractions.
Working with Ringtons creates a lot of new opportunities for ETP as Sarah Roberts, Executive Director, ETP explains. “I am particularly delighted to welcome Ringtons to ETP having been introduced to their door-to-door products by my Northumbrian in-laws. I now know what a diverse business Ringtons is, and their established supply base and links into the retail sector, means we can influence even more tea supply chains for the benefit of workers and the environment.
“There’s a real sense of momentum at ETP and it’s very encouraging that more companies are seeing the benefits of taking a collaborative approach to improving the conditions of their supply chains.”
Linda Griffiths, Supplier Liaison Assistant, Ringtons adds. “The last few years have been an exciting period of expansion for Ringtons. Many of the traditions upon which the business was founded remain unchanged and we continue to value good, long-term relationships with our suppliers. We are therefore very pleased to have the ETP support in this.”