Lipton is currently a worldwide Tea brand owned by Unilever. However, like most things, it started with an idea and a lot of hard work!
Sir Thomas Lipton, born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1850, became a wealthy business man after starting his business as a grocer. By 1890, Sir Thomas decided to explore the world’s finest teas. He bought a cheap coffee plantation and transformed it into a Tea plantation in the Uva region, Sri Lanka, establishing a Tea brand that is still very well known all over the world. Sir Thomas started by selling his Teas in Europe and then in the USA, where he had previously lived for 5 years, learned and developed a lot of his commercial/advertising skills, helping him to relaunch what was a quite expensive drink at the time.
Sir Thomas became a world famous Tea merchant. His success involved the privilege of supplying Tea to many well known personalities, like the Queen Victoria and other European royal families. Sir Thomas was also able to reduce the costs of his Tea production, making Tea available to the middle classes.
Lipton Teas are more popular than ever. Nowadays there are many and many varieties of Lipton Teas. You can find them available in over 150 countries. Lipton is most fashionable in Europe, North America, Middle East, parts of Asia, Australia and New Zeeland.