Commodities

UNITEA bags maximum Golden Leaf awards

P.S. Sundar Coonoor | Updated on March 14, 2011

In the Golden Leaf India Awards 2011 competition, a joint initiative of the Tea Board and the United Planters' Association of Southern India (UPASI), the United Nilgiri Tea Estates Co Ltd (UNITEA), a member of Chennai-headquartered Amalgamations group, has created a record by bagging the maximum number of titles among all competing groups.

“We got five awards this year. Although we have been consistently winning awards, this is the first time we have bagged this large a number,” Mr D. Hegde, Director, told Business Line.

Of the five awards, Korakundah Estate has won four – two for green tea and two for organic tea – crediting it with producing South India's best quality leaf and fanning green and organic teas. The other award was bagged by Chamraj Estate for ‘Nilgiris orthodox fanning' category.

“Korakundah has won this title ever since the Award's inception in 2005. Organic practices here began a decade ago. Located at 7,920 feet above MSL, this is the highest tea estate in India as documented by Limca Book of Records.

“It is also the highest tea plantation in the whole world for which, we had sought an entry in the Guinness Book of Records,” Mr Hedge said.

Published on March 14, 2011

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