It has brought great delight to HVA Foods PLC to be presented with three prestigious awards at the National Plantation Awards 2013 conducted by the Ministry of Plantation Industries. The ceremony was held on 12th November 2014 at the BMICH.
HVA Foods won the three awards under the Best Tea Exporter, Medium Scale Category for the second consecutive year. HVA won awards for Export Volume, Best Value Addition and Best Brand Owner in the Medium Scale Tea Exporter category.
The National Plantation Award Ceremony is being held to recognize the contribution made by the smallholders, factory owners, regional planters, exporters in the tea and rubber sector to the national economy.
The Best Tea Exporter category focused on the financial stability of the company, turnover, international and local awards, staff benefits & development opportunity, new product developments, environmental protection, CSR activities, and measures taken to improve productivity.
HVA Foods exports tea to many countries across the globe spanning from West Indies, Europe, Russia, CIS, Australia, Middle East and Far East regions. The company is famous for the Heladiv, Eve and Real Ceylon brands under which it exports its products.
HVA is also the highest Silver and Golden tips exporter in Sri Lanka as the company caters to the premium clientele especially in China through the Infini-t brand. The image these Brands portray in the respective markets, as well as the volume of export, helped HVA to win these awards.
Although the company’s humble beginnings were as a bulk tea exporter, today majority of the business is in value addition form. HVA Foods has moved away from the traditional approach of tea export to include flavoured tea, iced tea, tea concentrate and tea-based products such as hand wash, green tea mouth wash and tea bath.
The company has its own tea extraction unit and provides the tea concentrate needed to manufacture a popular tea based carbonated beverage sold by Ceylon Cold Stores. HVA has mastered the process of extracting tea concentrate whilst preserving nutrients such as Polyphenol, Flavonols, Vitamin C, K and B. HVA was the pioneer in marketing iced tea in Sri Lanka.
It is also among the few tea export companies to have its own research and development laboratory thereby helping it to develop new innovations. The product development and value additions enabled the company to receive the best value addition by a medium scale tea exporter award at the award ceremony.
HVA foods have provided the opportunity to tea enthusiast to savour the best flavours of tea and tea fusions to both local and international clientele through the Heladiv Tea Club (HTC) at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct in Fort and at the Bandaranayake International Airport. Heladiv products are retailed in leading supermarkets in Sri Lanka as well.