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Akbar Tea

Akbar Brothers Ltd.
Product type Tea
Country Sri Lanka
Introduced 1969
Markets Worldwide

Akbar Tea is a tea company owned by Akbar Brothers Ltd.[1] based in Sri Lanka. The company produces a range of tea bags, loose teas and gifts including: black tea, green tea, flavoured teas, and herbal teas. Akbar Brothers is largest tea exporter from Sri Lanka.[2][3]

In 1864 Shaikh Hebtulabhoy (1834-1897) migrated from India to Sri Lanka, establishing a food import/export company based in Pettah. His son, Tyeabally Shaikh Hebtulabhoy (1888-1928) established the tea company, M. S. Hebtulabhoy & Company Limited. Hebtulabhoy & Co began shipping tea overseas in 1907.

In 1969 Tyeabally Shaikh Hebtulabhoy's grandsons, Abbasally (1933-?), Abidally (1935-?) and Inayetally Akbarally (1937-?) resigned from Hebtulabhoys & Co. and established Akbar Brothers. Within three years Akbar Brothers were exporting to major tea markets in the Middle East and other parts of the world. In 1972 Akbar Brothers Limited was incorporated and their father, Shirinbhai Shaikh Abdulhusein (1916-?), retired as the chairman of Hebtulabhoys & Co. joining his sons.

The company operates a 28,000 square metres (300,000 sq ft) packeting complex in Kelaniya utilising modern manufacturing equipment from Germany, Italy and Japan. Each batch of tea Akbar is thoroughly tested at all stages of production. The company is accredited by the International Organization for Standardization ISO 9002 and HACCP certificate.


  1. ^ "Akbar brothers win international Brand of the year award". Daily News. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Sri Lanka Export Development Board
  3. ^ DailyFT

External links

  • Akbar Tea Europe
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