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Exhibitors' Comments

 

 

“Green tea is important to Japan’s economy because it is a major export item. In fact, Hong Kong is among the top five importers of green tea and that’s why we have set up the Japan pavilion at the Hong Kong International Tea Fair for the third consecutive year. Apart from showcasing green tea and tea ware, we are promoting Japanese tea culture and teaching visitors how to make green tea through our Japanese tea mini seminar and tea ceremony room. The Hong Kong fair provides a great place for Japanese companies to meet with potential buyers from all over the world. In particular, buyers from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong have expressed strong interest in Japanese green tea.
Takuro Wanami (Right), Director, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Business Promotion Division, Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Department, JETRO, Japan (Booth: 5F-D02)
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abc “Sunshine Holdings is a large conglomerate listed in Sri Lanka. As one of the group’s subsidiaries, our company handles tea export and packing and supplies to world-leading brands. Our major markets include Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. As it is good to use our black tea to make milk tea, we see a lot of potential in the Southeast Asian market. Moreover, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong are fast-growing markets for our company. It’s important for us to join the Hong Kong International Tea Fair to reach out to new buyers in this region. We have made new contacts from Cambodia, the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan and given them samples and quotations. We’ll join the fair again next year.
Nathaniel Umesh, Deputy General Manager, Trading & Exports, Sunshine Tea (Private) Limited, Sri Lanka (Booth: 5F-E27)

 

“Suizhou is one of the major quality tea producers in Hubei Province. Our Suizhou tea companies showcase Suizhou tea companies to participate in the Hong Kong International Tea Fair, showcasing green tea, green tea bags, black tea, and black tea bags and bricks. Feedback from buyers has been very good. Hong Kong has long been a traditional market for Suizhou’s agricultural products and also an important market for our tea products, so we’ll continue to make use of the Hong Kong International Tea Fair as a platform for us to promote Suizhou’s teas to global buyers.
Qie Ying Cai, Mayor of Suizhou Municipal People’s Government, the Chinese mainland (Booth: 5F-C20)
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abc “We have organised tea companies from Hunan Province to take part in the Hong Kong International Tea Fair for the ninth consecutive year and set up the largest-ever pavilion at this year’s fair. This year we showcase Chinese black tea, black tea, yellow tea, green tea, white tea and Mao Yan Mei health tea. So far, they have met with potential business partners from Egypt, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore and Spain. One of the exhibitors said that two buyers from Egypt and Spain will visit their company soon to explore business cooperation. Hong Kong serves an important bridge for Hunan companies to reach out to international buyers. In view of encouraging responses from buyers, we have decided to lead a larger delegation to join next year’s Tea Fair.
Xiong Jian, Vice Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Hunan Sub-Council and China Chamber of International Commerce Hunan Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese mainland

 

“The Shaanxi Province Tea Industry Association has brought member companies from four major tea-producing areas of our province to this Tea Fair for the first time. The Shaanxi pavilion is showcasing Hanzhong Xian Hao from Hanzhong city, Ankang Fu Xi Tea from Ankang city, Qin Ling Chuan Ming from Shangluo city, and Shaanxi Fu Tea from Xianyang city. Our teas are organic and non-polluted and have a long-lasting aroma. Many customers from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Taiwan have made enquiries and are interested in cooperating with Shaanxi exhibitors. This Tea fair provides an important channel for Shaanxi tea companies to develop overseas markets. The association will organise a larger pavilion next year to help more Shaanxi tea companies to expand their international business.”
Guo Jian Jun, Deputy Secretary-General, Shaanxi Province Tea Industry Association, the Chinese mainland
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abc “To strengthen economic partnership between India and Hong Kong and promote bilateral trade, the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council last October. Following the signing of the MOU, the ITPO led tea companies from India to exhibit at the Hong Kong International Tea Fair for the first time. These include Sunshine Tea, Truevalue Marketing International and Aditya Trading Company, which have brought green tea, black tea and herbal tea in many different flavours to the fair. The Tea Fair is an international trade event which attracted buyers from nearly 60 countries and regions last year. As Hong Kong is a gateway to Asian markets, the Tea Fair can help Indian tea companies to do more business in this region. In fact, Indian exhibitors have established connections with potential business partners from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We’ll organise the Indian pavilion again next year.
Ashok Kumar, Director – India Pavilion, India Trade Promotion Organisation, India

 

“Hong Kong has been a distribution centre for antiques for more than 100 years. As an experienced collector of Chinese antiques especially antique tea ware, I set up The Story House of Ancient Chinese Culinary Ware in 2004 which is a private museum showcasing and selling Chinese antique tea ware. I have joined this Tea Fair for six years to approach different buyers and introduce my company to them. Six years ago, I only rented a showcase, but starting from last year, I have two standard booths because of good sales and favourable responses from buyers. My customers are collectors who buy antique tea ware to match their high-end teas. This year buyers spend more and they are looking for high-priced products. Yixing purple clay tea pots are highly sought after by buyers. I expect that at least 10 buyers will buy our antique tea ware during the three-day fair.”
Leung Kwok Hung, Curator, The Story House of Ancient Chinese Culinary Ware, Hong Kong
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Buyers' Comments

 

 

abc “Hardy&Ivy is an importer of black tea and fruit and flower tea for coffee shops in Taiwan. We have two coffee shops which sell beverages under our own brand. Currently, we import Sri Lanka’s tea from the UK. As we know that Sri Lanka suppliers have joined the Hong Kong International Tea Fair, we want to source directly from them. Up till now, we have found two to three potential suppliers from Sri Lanka through the HKTDC’s business matching service. If we find these suppliers suitable after trying and testing samples, we’ll place a trial order worth US$20,000. The Hong Kong International Tea Fair provides an effective platform for us to connect with many tea suppliers in one place.
Ivy Chen, Brand Manager, Hardy&Ivy Co Ltd, Taiwan

 

“Herbapol-Lublin is a wholesaler of green tea, black tea and Puer tea in Poland and owns two brands. This is my first visit to the Hong Kong International Tea Fair to look for new suppliers of green tea and Puer tea. I am particularly interested in green tea offered by producers from the Chinese mainland and I have visited all of the mainland’s green tea exhibitors here. At the end, I have shortlisted two potential suppliers which can provide high-quality green tea and good prices. I am going to buy one 40-foot container of green tea from each supplier. The Hong Kong International Tea Fair is a big show which brings together a lot of tea suppliers, and it is the place where I can meet with many green tea producers rather than trading companies. It’s a rewarding trip.
Jacek Pecyna, Purchasing Manager, Herbapol-Lublin S.A., Poland
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abc “Roleaf imports black tea, green tea and flower tea from Sri Lanka and sell them to restaurants, hotels and coffee shops in Malaysia. I have come here for the first time to look for new suppliers. So far, I have found three potential suppliers from Sri Lanka. If their samples are good, I’ll buy US$5,000-10,000 for my initial order. I am happy to have met with one of our existing suppliers at the fair. The Hong Kong International Tea Fair is a well-organised and professional show which attracts many industry players. In addition, I like the HKTDC’s business matching service which facilitates effective communication between buyers and suppliers.
Henry Heng, Business Manager, Roleaf Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

 

“RJ Global sources tea products for our group which has 100 F&B shops in Singapore. Currently, our existing tea expert provides blended teas with customised flavour. This is my first time visiting the Hong Kong International Tea Fair to look for tea experts who can provide blended teas and to fulfill our future business growth. Apart from supplying blended teas to our group’s restaurants, we are looking at the possibility of launching our own black tea brand via e-commerce platform. So far, I have found three potential suppliers including two black tea suppliers from Sri Lanka, and an interior and graphic design service provider from Hong Kong which can provide shop design and tea packaging service. Our initial order for tea products will be around US$30,000.
Rodney Tang, Managing Director, RJ Global Holding Pte Ltd, Singapore
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abc “Meimei is a wholesaler of tea products based in Sao Paulo of Brazil. The tea market in Brazil is growing fast with strong demand for black tea, white tea, green tea and Oolong tea. I am visiting Hong Kong International Tea Fair for the first time to source teaware and tea products. This is a very impressive show. Talks are now underway with Hong Kong exhibitor The Tea Pickers Ltd to purchase Pu’er tea capsules. I have also met with another Hong Kong exhibitor who provides some beautifully-designed tea bottles, cans and mugs. Initial orders will be smaller to test customers’ response. We will make bigger orders later on. The business matching service has been very useful and the results are better than expectation. I will definitely visit the fair again.
Carols Vidigal Lopes, Marketing Director, Meimei Produtos Naturais, Brazil

 

“Ewax is a family-run business engaged in the supply of home decorative items in Poland. We have branched out to tea business since two years ago as tea drinking is getting more and more popular in our country. We are now distributing the products of the UK brand English Tea Shop. This is our first visit to Hong Kong International Tea Fair to source two premium tea brands and tea products. We have got in touch with two potential suppliers from Sri Lanka for organic tea and a Hong Kong exhibitor specialising in tea packaging design. We will be in further talks to explore business cooperation. This fair offers some interesting tea products and we look forward to visiting it again.
Piotr Duniec (right), Owner, Ewax SP J., Poland
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