Van Rees attracts Dutch funding
The uniqueness of a mechanical blending plant for large leaf teas
with particular emphasis on food safety, worker welfare and gender
concerns have combined to attract Dutch Government funding to a private
sector commercial enterprise.
Van Rees Ceylon Ltd., have qualified for such funding. This is the
first instance that a private sector tea exporting corporate entity in
Sri Lanka has attracted similar funding and would signal hallmark
exclusivity for corporate development. The Netherlands Government has
extended such assistance under their PSOM program which covers a
matching grant component for the private sector to cover 50 percent of
its total invested cost, a spokesman for the company said.
He said this grant scheme has been available under strict conditions
to any entity with trade links in any form with the Netherlands. The Van
Rees Group has been successful in securing funds for this unique
Primarily funding has been identified for installation and operation
of an automated tea cleaning and blending system that would blend large
leaf teas. The cleaning system has the capacity to extract stones, metal
particles, and other extraneous additions, such as strands of hair.
PSOM (Program for Cooperation with Emerging Markets) were attracted
to the project because of its unique characteristic of blending large
leaf teas. The technology transfer which incorporates innovation and
modern concepts are correlative to modernisation of the entire
Additionally installation of this machine would improve working
conditions for workers because of its automated infrastructure that
would obviate manual handling. The working atmosphere would have a food
factory environment and within that ambience safety and hygiene would
have a strong presence.
The Group Head Office is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with branch
offices in producing countries such as Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi,
Indonesia, Vietnam and China.
They also have direct sourcing from all other producing countries.
Consumption markets are serviced through their own offices in US/Canada,
UK, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Egypt.