Minister of Plantation Industries, Mahinda Samarasinghe and the Board of Directors of Imperial Teas Group celebrating their achievements. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe is also present
Imperial Tea Exports, one of the largest exporters of tea in the country, celebrated the company's recent success in winning prestigious awards amidst a distinguished gathering. The gala celebrations that included cocktails and fellowship at the Hilton Colombo sought to show appreciation to all those who supported the company in its journey towards this honour.
Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Prominent persons from the Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Tea Board, leading bankers, shipping and tea companies as well as tea brokers and staff of Imperial Teas Group were present at the occasion.
Imperial Tea Exports received the 'Most Outstanding Exporter of the Year' at the 18th NCE Awards Ceremony held in September this year. The company also walked away with the award for the 'Best Sri Lankan Brand Exporter' for 2009, becoming the first company to receive both these accolades in the same year.
Minister Samarasinghe congratulating Imperial Tea Exports on their achievement said: "Over the years, Imperial Tea Exports has won many awards and we can proudly say that Imperial Tea has come to a position which is the envy of a lot of others in the trade. This journey, I'm sure has been difficult for you. Today, Imperial Tea is among the six largest exporters in Sri Lanka." The Minister also commended the visionary leadership of the company's top management, the strength and dynamism of the team and the commitment to produce high-quality products, which enabled this success.
Dickie Juriansz, Chairman of Imperial Tea Exports expressed his appreciation to government institutions, embassies, bankers, suppliers and others who directly supported the company in their endeavours. "The team at Imperial actually received the award, but we would not have got it if not for the support services all you gentlemen and ladies provided. We are very grateful to you for this support. Therefore, we thought it opportune to have a celebration and say thank you to all for supporting us."