Our Gold Label Tea Supply Chain

Our Gold Label Tea Supply Chain

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Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Every year we sell over ten thousand tonnes of tea, from our Gold and Red Label blends to our speciality single origin teas from Assam and Ceylon. Generally, tea is produced on either large estates or smallholder farms across Eastern Africa and Asia and is blended together into the products we sell.

There are several sustainability challenges facing global tea production, including biodiversity loss, soil erosion and low incomes for people employed within the industry. We are working closely with recognised schemes to ensure that tea producers within our supply chains receive adequate training and support in these key areas, helping to secure a sustainable future for tea producers around the world. In 2018, our Knightsbridge Gold Tea Bags were sourced from 100% Rainforest Alliance certified sources.

We recognise the social and environmental challenges facing tea production, and although we sell a small amount in comparison to the global output, we are committed to doing what we can to promote sustainable production, whether that means working with third party schemes to work towards higher wages, or working with the wider industry to address more systemic issues. In order to take the right steps, it is important that we understand our supply chain and work collaboratively to drive progress.

The supply list below, updated every year, forms part of our commitment to building transparency within supply chains and includes the countries and regions of all major grower sites.

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Gold Label Tea Sourcing

Key Sourcing Regions

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Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Matale

Central

Sabaragamuwa

Uva-Upapuasellawa

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Working in Partnership with the Rainforest Alliance

Lidl GB work with our suppliers to ensure social responsibility, ethical behaviour and sustainability are at the centre of their business. Alongside this work, our suppliers ensure that sourcing facilities are independently certified, such as to Rainforest Alliance standards, to ensure a commitment to responsible and traceable supply of raw materials and influencing supply chains through sharing best practice.

Our sourcing communities in Sri Lanka are supported through their participation in the Rainforest Alliance certification to help manage their land sustainably, support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

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