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GREAT afternoon tea party held in Kolkata

British Deputy High Commission Kolkata hosted an investor workshop for tea companies in Kolkata, Friday 27 January 2017.


The event was organised by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and supported by the Tea Board of India. The aim of the event was to discuss investment opportunities for prospective inward investors in the UK food and drinks sector.

The Tea Board of India is the nodal agency under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, established to promote the tea trade. They invited the tea exporters based in Kolkata to this workshop and hear about opportunities of doing more business in the UK.

The workshop was moderated by the British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Bruce Bucknell, a passionate tea drinker himself. He informed the guests about the importance of the UK food and drinks industry as part of the manufacturing sector and reminded them of the strong tea drinking traditions in the country.

The UK panel included Hamish Renton, DIT Food and Drinks Specialist and Yogan Patel, Partner with MHA McIntyre Hudson, both of whom joined in through video conference. They offered practical insights on the current trends and consumer preferences in the UK tea industry and the key steps for international tea companies to succeed in the country.

The tea board officials talked about the supportive schemes in the offing which could enable Indian tea exporters to leverage on for growing their international business. They also reiterated on a renewed emphasis on the UK market. In this, DIT sees synergy with its commercial objective of encouraging more Indian tea companies investing in the UK.

The discussions were rounded off with a fine selection of finger food and tea in the true British traditions of an afternoon tea party.

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Published 2 February 2017