— March 16, 2020 —

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

ADVANTAGE

Behind a great cup of tea is a complex process involving many talented people, years of nurturing, a wealth of technology & continuous innovation. The strength of Harris Tea comes from our extensive knowledge and skill with over 200 years combined tea procuring and blending experience.

 

Harris Tea Company is the leading producer in the US of private brand black, green, herbal, decaffeinated and specialty, organic teas, iced tea and instant tea mixes. We have an expansive reach with five modern production facilities located in California, Georgia, New Jersey, and the United Kingdom.

We have the expertise to develop blends that exactly meet our customer’s requirements, as well as national brand specifications. Our blend development centers have the capability to match any taste profile and develop unique custom blends. Our state-of-the-art equipment gives us the capability to pack every style of tea bag from square or round tea bags to flow through and pyramid formats.

Harris Tea Company is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship at the source of our teas & herbs, all the way to our manufacturing facilities. Our world class facilities have robust quality and food safety programs, and have earned top ratings in Global Food Safety Initiative audits. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), and Quality Monitoring Systems (QMS) are in place at all Harris production facilities.

Innovation

Harris Tea was a pioneer in Specialty Private Label Tea. In the early 1990’s, when Private Label was viewed as generic tea, Harris Tea offered better specialty blends which filled a void in the market. Now, our facilities in California, Georgia, New Jersey, and the United Kingdom regularly produce innovative and creative blends.

Harris Tea Company is committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship at the source of our teas & herbs, all the way to our manufacturing facilities. We have successfully converted our Anaheim and New Jersey plants to run on solar energy, making us the first tea company in the United States to operate on solar power.

We are continuously looking for better ways to deliver our promise to our customers. In an ever competitive world, our focused passion on finding ways to continuously improve through creativity and innovation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to evolve, we want you to know that Harris Freeman has a comprehensive plan in place to continue to protect our employees and support our customers. Our manufacturing facilities remain open and we are doing all we can to meet orders.

 

We are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and local health officials around the world, and we will rely on their cumulative recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions. We want to share some of the actions Harris Freeman is taking to help protect and support both you and our employees. As a precaution, we are:

 

• Continuously monitoring our supply chain to understand any disruptions which could cause a delay in delivery. We will continue to update our messaging to ensure our customers have accurate information to make appropriate decisions;

 

• Adopting work from home practices to maintain normal business operations allowing our sales and account managers to support their customers’ operations without undue risk;

 

• Implementing several measures to ensure the health and safety of our facilities, including suspending international travel and domestic travel, limiting visitors to the manufacturing operations, and maximizing health and hygiene activities across all locations by maintaining sanitation supplies and encouraging an “if you are sick, stay home” mindset. We’ve increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing all common areas of our manufacturing operations.

 

We appreciate your business and understand that this can be a very difficult time within your teams and communities. Rest assured that as circumstances continue to develop, one thing will remain the same: We will make our decisions with the health and well-being of our employees, customers, partners, and communities as our highest priority. We will update as the situation warrants.

Facilities

Harris Tea Company operates five state-of-the-art tea blending and packing plants located in Georgia, New Jersey, California, and the United Kingdom. Our expansive coverage maximizes the logistical advantages for each of our customers. Multiple manufacturing locations also insulates our customers from supply disruptions in the event of unforeseen production interruptions (either natural or man-made) at any one location. Blending and packing in five locations provides many unique advantages to our customers that only Harris Tea can offer.

 

Best in Class Manufacturing Facilities

Harris Tea Company’s world class manufacturing facilities have robust quality and food safety programs, and have earned top ratings in Global Food Safety Initiative audits. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), and Quality Monitoring Systems (QMS) are in place at all facilities. We are a licensed organic tea manufacturer, and many of our specialty and herbal teas are Organic, Rain Forest Alliance and Fair Trade Certified.

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Certifications

Brand Reputation through Compliance Global Standard (BRCGS) The Brand Reputation through Compliance Global Standard is one of five Global Food Safety Initiative Audits. Harris Tea has chosen BRCGS as our certification body to assure our facilities meet GFSI standards. Organic – Quality Assurance International National Organic Program Harris Tea is a licensed organic tea manufacturer with organic packing practices in both Atlanta and New Jersey facilities. Customs -Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. The Marietta, Georgia & Anaheim, California facilities are C-TPAT audited by Customs and Border Protection. TransFair USA - Fair Trade Organization Many of our specialty and herbal teas are Fair Trade certified. Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Minority Business Leadership Harris Freeman is recognized by the Minority Business Development Council as a minority owned business. Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) The two Harris Tea locations are HACCP compliant. Kosher Certification The two Harris Tea plants are Kosher K and OU Certified. Rainforest Alliance Harris Tea offers Rainforest Alliance certified teas. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods.

Harris Freeman Foundation and Tea India Educating Girls in India

Tea India is collaborating in a project assisted by Action Village India which will support 900 girls in rural Indian communities to continue their secondary education. As part of this partnership the Harris Freeman Foundation, a charity set up by Harris Freeman & Co. Inc, the parent company of Tea India, will be providing funds to support the girls’ education. The company has a long-term commitment to the communities where their teas are sourced and the decision to support Action Village India, with its partner Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK) will help girls aged between 12-17yrs to continue their studies, who would have otherwise dropped out. Due to discriminatory gender norms the status of women and girls in India remains very low, especially in rural and lower caste communities, where girls carry the burden of child-rearing and domestic duties from an early age, as well as being affected by issues such as son preference, child marriage, early child bearing. Severe poverty also limits their access to and continuation in education. The project will give girls a greater chance of escaping poverty, build their confidence to overcome the barriers inhibiting their empowerment and set them on a path to healthier and more productive lives. It will also contribute to a reduction in child marriage and raise the standard of living for girls and boys, families, and communities. The project is based in Jharkhand and Bihar both of which are regions with low levels of education, particularly amongst girls. Jharkhand has many tribal populations and both regions are amongst the poorest in India. The collaboration will be communicated across Tea India’s Masala Chai blend to raise awareness for Action Village India and will be available in store from April 2020. “Tea India is proud to be part of an organisation which supports such valuable projects. We are also excited about sharing the girls’ progress through their academic year with the Tea India community. Our tea is rooted in India using a traditional family recipe from our Master blender’s family, so it is important to support a project from the blend’s Motherland,” comments Lisa Worthington, Head of Marketing. ‘‘Educating a girl is educating a whole family. It is essential to the progressive development of families, communities and countries. However, education is still a distant dream for most girls in villages in Jharkhand and Bihar. Thanks to the support of Tea India and the Harris Freeman Foundation, we can get a step closer to make some of these dreams into a reality.’’ – Esther Trienekens, International Partnerships Director, Action Village India www.teaindia.co.uk