It all started in 2007 December, When I was pursuing my MBA in New York & working parttime in IT Consulting company as Technical Recruiter & Soft Skills trainer.
Around that time, I met a Senior Mark Goonasekera from Sri Lanka who became my good friend from a neighboring university. Just over a casual chat we decided to share the dream of importing quality Ceylon Teas to all tea consumers around the world.
Like any other beginning, It all started in a basement apartment of New York & ours was small too. We named our Business as Hiranne INC and our Ceylon tea Brand as TE LIGHT USA. We started to sell our teas in several Chain Stores, specialty stores, Natural/Organic Stores, Local Farmers Market, WholeFoods Market etc. Working with Offshore suppliers was becoming a challenge and Mark Goonasekera relocated to Sri Lanka to support our TE LIGHT USA Operations by end of 2010.
As part of expansion to India (Being second largest Tea Growing Country), In Feb 2011 – Ganadinni Fine Foods Impex P Ltd was born & started to export teas from India to Global markets. At this current time, business was going through rough phase as we had to several things in the tea trade to cater the palate of different regions. It was necessary to build a local reputation to support our business requirements.
Also to understand different markets & to keep a track of trends, Started travelling to various trade exhibitions in Europe, Middle East & Asia. Discovered, How Tea/Coffee is consumed in different markets.
This experience gave us entry & understanding to several aspects of Tea Business right from CTC teas, Whole Leaf Teas, Single Origin Teas, Flavored Teas, Instant Teas, Fruit Beverage mixes, Ready to Drink Tea, Custom Blending, Multi-Origin Sourcing etc. Which is still biggest revenue contributor to our company.
Later Started to connect gaps & in September 2016 - Decided to go from B2B to B2C & registered Trade Mark as The Tea Planet. Now offering our finest selection of Hand blended, taste tested teas, Bubble Tea beverage Mixes, Syrups through our Franchise Program, Theteaplanet.com & several leading online market places (Like Flipkart, Amazon India etc) in India.
Our cross culture experience has taught us level of sweetness, Flavor, Freshness of Tea, other ingredients in our recipes served in at our Franchise Outlets. Marketing Taiwanese style serving bubble tea beverage mixes custom developed by us to suit Indian Palate for first time in India.
Almost a decade of experience in the Tea Trade – Our Business is built on strong foundation & service customers from rural parts of India to the upscale grocery stores on the streets of Manhattan. We currently operate from Hyderabad, India/Colombo, Sri Lanka with production facilities & Trade representation Office in USA. Import tea related flavors, Herbs for local (India, Sri Lanka) & export markets from Germany, Egypt, Taiwan etc. We hope to connect you, Inspire and refresh your mind, body & soul. Join us for a Cup!!