SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Solidly establishing its influential position in a competitive industry, the Los Angeles-based Shangri La Tea Company has been awarded two prestigious distinctions for excellence at the North American Tea Championship during the 2010 World Tea Expo which took place in Las Vegas, June 11-13.
For the third year in a row, Shangri La Tea Co. has distinguished itself from a field of more than 80 premium teas that were submitted for the tea championship. Shangri La Tea Company received two awards in the following categories:
Category: Food Service – Unflavored Green Iced Tea
1st Place, Organic Sushi Green Iced Tea
Category: Unflavored Black Iced Tea
2nd Place, Organic Black Iced Tea
Aptly timed for National Iced Tea Month in June, the 2010 North American Tea Championship is an independent competition, judged by professional cuppers and foremost retail buyers of tea, to distinguish the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in the North American marketplace. The World Tea Expo is an annual global industry marketplace that draws more than 6,000 leading tea professionals.
According to a March report by Beverage Marketing Corporation, ready-to-drink teas were the fastest-growing category of refreshment beverage in the U.S. last year. "As premium iced tea becomes more popular, having a resource for choosing the best teas on the market becomes more important to both retailers and consumers," said Kim Jage, executive vice president of World Tea Media, organizer of the Tea Championship.
A pioneer in flavored iced teas and a leader in specialty organic teas, Shangri La, has acquired an exemplary reputation for fine specialty teas produced from its own tea estates in Sri Lanka and India. Shangri La is an international, vertically integrated tea company producing some of the world's finest teas. The company's California offices have been distributing Shangri La hot and iced teas for over 17 years, while its gardens have been in production for over 100 years. Shangri La also has an admirable reputation for its commitment to various social programs on its estates in India and Sri Lanka which include schools, health care, housing and fair labor practices.
For more information visit: www.shangrilaicedtea.com or call 562- 942-9828.
SOURCE Shangri La Tea Company