time record price for Sithaka
Sithaka obtained an all time record price for its OP1 grade at Rs.820
at the Colombo Tea Auctions on September 25, 2012 surpassing the
previous record price of Rs.810 per kg. This all time record price has
been purchased by Messrs. Ceylon Plantations through tea broker John
Keells PLC. Sithaka also won second place at the Gold Medal Tea
Competition 2012 held in North America recently.
Sithaka-Avissawella Tea Factory is situated in the Ratnapura District
in the Sabaragamuwa Province. It belongs to the well-known RTS group of
companies. Lalith Liyanage (son of E L W Fernando) is the present
chairman of this diversified group. The Group has nine subsidiaries
inclusive of two tea factories.
The vision of the RTS Group is to actively foster Sri Lanka’s image
as a global leader in tea exports in the international tea market.
Sithaka-Avissawella Tea Factory is an orthodox tea factory with an
annual production of 750,000 kilograms. The factory is fed predominantly
through bought crop with approximately 6,000 small holders, in addition
to a few tea plantations.
The state-of-the-art factory is equipped with some of the most modern
machinery in the tea manufacturing process and is fully automated to
improve productivity, minimize costs, and improve quality – via
production under good hygiene conditions.