Very sad to see that the Hon Bruce Bilson MP is no longer the Federal Minister for Small Business following the Malcolm Turnbull cabinet reshuffle. Bespoke Tea Company was honoured to have him visit us in late July and I shared some insights ito white and green teas with him during his visit. He and his staff are keen tea drinkers. They worked so tirelessly and enthusiastically to help small business in Australia.
The Australian owned tea sector is made up of small tea businesses. Madura is the only Australian tea firm of any size these days. The local tea sector is totally dominated by foreign multinationals like the Anglo Dutch Unilever - my old employers - with their T2, Lipton, Lanchoo and Bushells brands; the Indian Tata company with Tetley; Dilmah from Sri Lanka; and the British ABF's brand Twinings. All packed overseas.....and all managing their local Australian taxes very aggressively no doubt as they fine tune their transfer pricing ;-) So please do support local Aussie owned tea firms !
Meantime a big thank you to Bruce !