Up and coming tea chain joins the ETP

The Ethical Tea Partnership is pleased to introduce Tea Monkey as its 27th member. Tea Monkey is a small chain of up-market tea cafes with big ambitions and franchise expansion plans, and it is the first ever food service chain to join the ETP. Tracey Bovingdon, the founder and owner of Tea Monkey, opened the first branch in Milton Keynes in 2011 and this was quickly followed by a branch in Bath.

Each cafe currently offers more than 40 different tea varieties, sourced mainly through existing ETP members. In fact it was through her relationship with suppliers that Tracey learned about the Ethical Tea Partnership and with strong social, environmental, and community values at the heart of Tea Monkey’s culture, it was a logical step to join the ETP.

“We are delighted to be welcomed as members of the ETP.  The work they do and the change they effect has had an extremely positive impact on our industry.  We are certainly proud to be associated with them and will use every opportunity to inform our customers of the importance of ethical trade within the tea market,” Tracey Bovingdon, Tea Monkey.

Sarah Roberts, Executive Director ETP comments “Tracey came to ETP’s Summer Meeting last year and it was clear that she is committed to sourcing responsibly and excited about the possibility of working with other like-minded tea professionals through ETP. Tea Monkey brings an extra dimension to ETP’s existing membership and we are delighted to have them on board. It also underlines a growing demand from UK consumers to make their purchases with full traceability and ethical considerations in mind.”

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