Tea was originally an expensive drink, enjoyed exclusively by the wealthy. In 1880, 40-year-old, Glasgow-born entrepreneur and innovator Sir Thomas Lipton envisioned an opportunity to make a quality tea that was universally accessible, at a reasonable price.
He began by purchasing tea estates in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and arranged packaging and shipping at low costs to sell his teas directly from the tea garden to the teapot. In 1893, he established the Thomas J Lipton Co., a tea packing company with its headquarters and factory in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Building on the experience of over a century in growing and blending tea, Lipton® has kept alive Sir Thomas's love of innovation and quality. Unsurprisingly, Lipton® produces the world's number one tea today.