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Zealong Tea Estate was invited to participate in the Official State Banquet by serving their award winning organic tea to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his accompanying delegation of dignitaries during their visit to New Zealand.

The VIP banquet was held at The Langham Hotel’s Great Room and hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English together with other members of New Zealand’s political and business elite.

“We regard it as a great honour to be invited to serve our award winning tea at this auspicious occasion”, said Zealong General Manager Gigi Crawford. “Our top quality organic tea was extremely well received by all the guests and we hope that the visitors were left with a unique flavour of Pure New Zealand and a sense of ‘home away from home’.

We were thrilled to welcome Prime Minister John Key to officially open our new functions centre and production facility, the Vista, at our tea estate in the Waikato. As featured in the Waikato Times, Prime Minister John Key said Zealong Tea’s export potential is significant and its story is one that has real appeal to a global audience. He  told invited guests to the Vista opening that the world has an appreciation for high quality beverages, especially those with a unique, New Zealand story like the Zealong Tea story.

Zealong Tea founder Vincent Chen shared his vision for growing oolong tea in the Waikato and exporting it to the world. A true story of New Zealand innovation, the Zealong Tea Estate continues to evolve.

Read the story here

 

 

At Zealong we like to think we have a creative spark in the kitchen, but we were absolutely blown away by the tasty creations in Chelsea Winter’s new book Scrumptious.

For those of you who don’t know, Chelsea is a New Zealand celebrity chef, entrepreneur, food writer and television personality, and best known for winning the third season of MasterChef New Zealand.

As part of her 11-stop nationwide tour, Chelsea held her Waikato launch of Scrumptious at the Zealong Tea Estate. Avid followers, us included, thoroughly enjoyed listening to Chelsea and picking her brains over some of our most pressing cooking questions.

Thanks Chelsea for picking us as the venue of choice.

 

zealong-westpac-awardsEXCITING! At this week’s Westpac Waikato Business Excellence Awards Finalists Evening, Zealong Tea was announced a finalist in both the Community Contribution and Global Operator categories! The winners will be announced on November 4.

zealong-vista-2The newest addition to the Zealong Tea Estate is proving extremely popular with a number of recent groups taking advantage of the premium offerings.

 

This, of course, is The Vista, our brand new visitor centre and functions facility, and one of Hamilton and Waikato’s newest venues.

 

Set at the entrance to Zealong Tea Estate, The Vista will boost our commitment to the development of New Zealand as a country that exports unique, sustainable products to the world.

 

Most recently we hosted the Employers and Manufacturers Association’s (EMA) Business After 5 event. Waikato members were given an after-work showing of The Vista’s expansive setting, a presentation on Zealong’s rich Kiwi history as producers of the world’s purest tea, accompanied by drinks and canapés.

 

We also helped make Hamilton Christian School’s banquet dinner for 140 a roaring success. During this private function, the students got into the volunteering spirit and tried their hand at waiting tables. It was fantastic to see!

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Today the Zealong Tea Estate signed a landmark export agreement with TeeGschwendner, the world’s largest speciality tea retailer. The agreement, which will see 10 per cent of Zealong’s annual tea production, or enough tea to brew two million cups of tea, exported to Germany, is testament to Zealong’s commitment to the environment, purity and transparency.