Sri Lankan tea brand ‘Dilmah’ has been voted the most trusted tea brand in New Zealand for the 5th consecutive year. 

 The New Zealand Readers Digest Trusted Brand Awards are perhaps the most iconic and well known celebration of what New Zealanders really think of the brands they buy.  For Dilmah, it’s humbling news to be recognised by the people of New Zealand as their 2019 most trusted brand for the 5th consecutive year in a row. 

 Consumed second only to water across the planet, tea is still very much a mainstay in the New Zealand home. Across the categories of traditional black or green tea through to the fast-growing categories of fruit and herbal infusions, Dilmah has been given the thumbs up to say ‘we trust your products and we trust the ethics of your business.’

 More than ever, we all want to know where our products come from, but just as importantly, how they are giving back. This deeper story of tea is apparent in everything Dilmah does whether it’s the broad reach of the MJF Charitable Foundation or via the Dilmah Conservation, both supported entirely through the pre-tax profits of Dilmah Tea.  It’s a win-win for all of us, by maintaining the skilled tradition of hand-picked tea, they are not only securing the livelihood of the families who rely on the tea industry, they are ensuring a consistent quality for tea lovers too.

 Trust means a lot to a brand which is relatively young in the old world of teas, counting just over 30 years in existence with founder Merrill J. Fernando, just shy of 90 years young and still going strong. After fronting the TV ads for years with his personal guarantee of quality, it seems the gentle invitation of “Do Try It” has struck a chord with Kiwis and seen Dilmah adopted as a local brand. It goes both ways, although Dilmah is now found in over 100 countries around the world, Fernando credits Kiwis for giving his brand a try all those years ago when he first launched and now considers New Zealand a second home to Sri Lanka.  


Source: http://www.dailymirror.lk, courtesy of TBEA’s Mombasa Tea Market Report


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