Asia Siyaka goes for vacuum packing to retain tea quality
Asia Siyaka Commodities (Pvt) Ltd., a leader in tea brokering
introduced the cost effective vacuum packing machine and material to
retain the quality of Sri Lankan tea.
Consumers of tea are willing to pay a premium only if the product is
good quality. Packaging is an intrinsic property that determines the
quality of tea for consumers, Vice President, Asia Siyaka Commodities (Pvt)
Ltd., Dinesh de Livera told seminar to introduce the new packaging
The vacuum packing solution which conforms to global standards will
widen the market opportunities for producers and exporters as extended
holding time ceases to be a problem, he said.
The best teas in the world should be complemented with packaging. The
taste, flavour, strength, aroma, colour and other vital properties are
retained only through an efficient packaging system, he said. No
moisture, extended shelf life, seal integrity, low transportation costs
sans contamination will increase the product quality, Livera said.
The conventional bulk packing of Sri Lankan tea has failed to retain
the image as the best tea in the world.
The traditional tea exports done in bulk and not in branded form have
contributed to the decline in the quality of tea and low market demand.
Today we have not been able to make a breakthrough from the normal
bulk packaging system. Only a few plantation companies have adopted
vacuum packaging, he said.
`South Africa and India have already commenced bulk vacuum packaging
on plantations. Sri Lanka's tea industry has to take note of its
competitors such as Vietnam, Kenya and Pakistan that have developed
Exports in bulk form in paper sacks or in wooden boxes have not made
a significant impact on improving the quality or increasing revenue to
the country. Retaining factory freshness, longer shelf life, saving on
freight charges, ease of stuffing containers and facilitating security
screening are vital factors for a vibrant tea export market.
Vacuum packaging will help producers and exporters to boost the
product quality for better market performance, Livera said.