Tea really hits the spot
SUCCESS has come quickly for a luxury tea distribution business on the Coffs Coast.
A year after Birdy Wilson returned to the Coffs Coast from Victoria to establish Tea by Birdy at Boambee, the business has won gold at the Australian Packaging Design Awards.
Tea by Birdy won gold in the beverage section, another gold for design and the top award of Best in Show.
Birdy, who once ran Birdy's Cafe at Garden Mania for two years, said the accolades mean Tea by Birdy will now progress to the international design awards.
"We are a luxury tea business supplying orthodox, rare, specialist and flavoured teas to clients across Australia," Birdy said.
"Our stockists range from cafes through to the high-end chain Crown Gifts which is in Melbourne's Crown Casino.
Birdy said the move to Coffs Harbour had proven better than ever expected.
"Coffs Harbour is an excellent distribution point and very easily accessible to all the capital cities.
"I flew to the UK to study my Tea Masters with world tea expert Jane Pettigrew and we relocated to Victoria for two years for my husband's work while I had a baby. During this time I developed the brand Tea by Birdy - securing an import licence, researching, contacting tea farmers and exploring luxury packaging options.
"We source our teas directly from plantations around the world, and doing all of that from Boambee where we are now building a new warehouse, is perfect."
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