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Twinings is a marketer of tea, based in Andover, Hampshire, England.

Twinings mostly provides mid-range teas such as Lapsang Souchong, Lady Grey and Darjeeling. It is generally accepted that the company was the first to blend Earl Grey in Britain during the premiership of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, although this is disputed by rival tea merchants Jacksons of Piccadilly, which is owned by Twinings.

1706 Thomas Twining opened the first tea room, which is still at 216 Strand, London.

1710 Established the business which went onto become R. Twining and Co

1787 The company created its logo, thought to be the world's oldest commercial logo that has been in continuous use since its inception.

1964 Twinings became part of Associated British Foods; Stephen Twining now represents the company's ten generations.

2003 Twinings and Ovaltine were merged by ABF

2005 Twinings introduced its first generic, non-speciality tea, under the brand Everyday Tea.

2006 Twinings celebrated its 300th anniversary, with a special tea, and associated tea caddies. Twinings is a Royal Warrant holder (appointed by HM The Queen). Started producing a tinned luxury chocolate drink.

2007 Launched a selection of tinned luxury coffees.

2008 In April, Twinings announced their decision to close the Nambarrie plant with the likely loss of 34 jobs. Twinings said it needed to consolidate its UK manufacturing operations in the face of increasing global competition. Nambarrie Managing Director Brian Davis commented "Our employees have made us a local success and for that we owe them a deep debt of gratitude".


The company is a founding member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, a group of tea-packing companies that work for a fair trade policy and monitor the ethical conditions on tea estates.

Stephen Fry recently appeared in the Twinings TV adverts. Notably on QI, a programme he hosts, he has been made fun of for being the front man of Twinings, especially from the likes of Phill Jupitus. The latest celebrity recruit is homemaker personality Nigella Lawson.

Twinings also owns Nambarrie a tea company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has been trading for 140 years.

The Twinings range includes: Everyday Tea; Classics Range (including English Breakfast, Assam, Prince of Wales); Light Classics; Aromatics Range (including Earl Grey); Premium Quality Range; "Blended for You" Range; Green Tea Range; Traditional Herbal; Camomile Blends; Herbal and Fruit Blends; Red Berries; Citrus Fruit; Soft Fruit Blends; Herbal and Fruit Selections; and Organic Infusions.

See Also

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  • [1] Twinings Official UK website

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