The Galpaditenne Tea Factory, located in Lellopitiya in the Ratnapura District, is looking at increasing tea output by 1 million kilos by investing in CTC teas, said the company in a press release.
The Galpaditenne Tea Factory, which claims to be Sri Lanka’s biggest orthodox tea factory with an annual production of 3 million kilos, belongs to the KDU Group owned by entrepreneur Saman Upasena. The factory says its 3 million kilo output is higher than output by some of the regional plantation companies in Sri Lanka that operate six or more factories.
Galpaditenne has now ventured into the production of CTC teas by installing a state-of-the-art line of CTC machinery. The investment is expected to enhance production by almost a million kilos, bringing the total annual production of black tea to 4.0 milion kilos.
The factory deals directly with approximately 22,000 smallholders, eliminating the middleman, for the supply of green leaf within a radius of 60 kms.
The factory says it has state-of-the-art equipment with some of the most modern machinery in the tea manufacturing process and is fully automated, to improve productivity, minimising costs and for good hygienic conditions. The factory is ISO 2000:2005, CQC-QMS** certified.