Tea Importers, Inc.
Tea Importers is a family-owned business headquartered in Westport, CT that was started by Joseph Wertheim in 1958. The company buys teas from most of the tea producing countries in the world, which it sells to major tea packers and blenders as well as specialty tea companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Andrew Wertheim is now the company’s President.
Tea Importers is also the majority shareholder of SORWATHE LTD., an award winning tea factory in Rwanda founded in 1975. The tea processed by the factory is grown on the SORWATHE-owned plantation of 284 hectares, as well as on another 990 hectares owned by ASSOPTHE, a Rwandan cooperative that represents over 3,500 small farmers. SORWATHE employs 3,000 Rwandans in the factory and fields. It produces approximately 6.5 million pounds (3 million Kilograms) of high quality black, green, oolong, organic and specialty teas each year for sale around the world.