I am looking to start an establishment that involves selling tea and would like to know if anyone knows of any good importers (through experience) and can share some contact information.
Also, hello Steepsters, first day here ^_^Vm
Look at these firms
Harney & Sons – http://www.harney.com/wholesalecatalog.asp
Metroplitan Tea – http://www.metrotea.com
Montery Spice Company – http//www.herbco.com
Atlantic Spice – http://www.atlanticspice.com
TeaGschwewndner – Largest tea seller in the world (is selling franchises) http://www.tgtea.com/MyPages/partners.aspx
That should get you started. Metro is a direct importer with whom you have to open a business account. The spice companies are essentially tea repackers and are more flexible because they sell to anyone. Even ordinary Steepsters can buy from them without an account – they sell in bulk. Big savings on tea….
There is a lot of information about Tea entrepreneurship on the net. The more important question above tea is what kind of business/retail/cafe experience or training do you have. The tea business is exciting and there is plenty of growing room for new businesses right now.