As soon as we started to discuss this year’s National Cream Tea Day (28th June) Ringtons HQ errupted in commotion – conversations were passionate as we got side-tracked debating the age-old question – cream or jam first? And that was all before everyone started to […]
Month: June 2019
Recently, John transitioned from National Sales Manager to Head of Beverages for Business, keeping us all on track and operations ticking over smoothly. He’s got some terrible dad jokes and likes to sing a little song as he walks through the office but we recently […]
June is a time for garden parties, BBQs and catch ups thanks to the long bright evenings and the three latest products to hit the basket this month are perfect for just that.
First up is the Lemon Hamper. Contained within a decorative box you will find five full-sized lemony Ringtons treats bursting with flavour.
Perfect for: End of term gifts, summer gift hampers and lovers of all things lemon.
You may remember the iconic Ginger Snap Tin from last year, well due to its success we introduce to you the next installment – the All-Butter Sultana Cookie Tin! The tin has been designed to perfectly house one pack of Cookies and the clip-shut hinge keeps them perfectly fresh, it also comes with a full pack of Cookies for you to enjoy.
Perfect for: The diehard Ringtons fan.
What’s better than one cake? Three cakes. In 2018 we asked you to vote for your favourite flavour cake and the overwhelming winner was Cherry and Almond, which is why we have brought that flavour back for a second year running. Also included is Chocolate Chip and Mint and Toffee Apple – yum!
Perfect for: The ultimate sweet tooth
You might have guessed this already, but we really are obsessed with tea. That’s why we created this delicious Earl Grey infused chocolate torte, using our very own Ringtons Earl Grey tea. Share your photos with us on social media and make sure to tag […]
Recently, we partnered with our friends La Cimbali at the European Coffee Expo supplying them with an exclusive coffee to serve at the show. We managed to grab five minutes and chat shop with Dan to find out about what’s next for La Cimbali and […]
We’re committed, to sourcing our teas and infusions in an ethical and sustainable way – if you’d like to find out more you can visit the Ringtons website.
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1: You’ve got 100 words to describe your job, go.
I look after our tea and infusions supply chains: from the point of materials arriving at Ringtons back through each supply chain. This incorporates food safety and food quality ensuring our teas and infusions are safe for consumption, and ethical and sustainability considerations which ensures we source our materials responsibly, for both people and planet.
2: What do you love most about working in the tea industry?
I love how many people drink tea (and how frequently people drink tea), and therefore how people like to engage in conversation about the origins of a cuppa, what constitutes a good cuppa, a bad cuppa and ultimately how it impacts people’s lives all over the world.
3: What’s the question people ask you most about your job?
People want to know where we buy our teas from and why we buy the teas we do. People are often surprised by how much is involved in a cup of Ringtons tea and tea in general – it’s great that I get to engage in these conversations on a daily basis.
4: What’s the biggest challenges faced when sourcing?
Like many other agricultural crops around the globe, I would say that the biggest sourcing challenge we face is climate change. Deviation from normal climatic conditions, including changes to temperature and rainfall, affects agriculture and those people whose livelihoods depend on it. Tea production requires stable temperatures and regular rainfall. Increased temperatures and decreased rainfall can result in reduced leaf quality. In recent times extreme weather events have hit tea growing origins, such as Cyclone Idai that affected Malawi and Mozambique, as well as Zimbabwe.
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) – a not for profit membership organisation, of which Ringtons are members – works to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced. The ETP are working with the tea sector to assist understanding of the implications of climate change and to maintain production in the face of changing weather patterns and growing conditions – which in turn helps us to source sustainably and conscientiously.
5: You’ve recently been on your first trip to visit some of Ringtons’ suppliers, how did you find it?
It was my first time to India and the trip was a whirlwind from start to finish! We did so much in the time that we were there: I was in Kolkata, then Assam and finally Darjeeling. Given the relative proximity of Assam and Darjeeling, both located in West Bengal, there is a great contrast between the two tea growing regions. Assam is hot and humid, and the bushes flush a vibrant green on relatively level plains surrounding the Brahmaputra River. Darjeeling (in March at least) is cooler, and being in the foothills of the Himalayas the scenery is spectacular, with tea bushes gripping to the sides of mountains. The contrast between the two origins was inspiring, and showcases just how variable the tea industry is.
6: Finally, if you’re not drinking tea, what are you drinking?
I drink Ringtons Gold through the day and Pale Ale by night – always sourced locally!