Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Join the Tea Party

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Join the Tea Party

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Byline: By Mitya Underwood

Anyone for a cup of tea?

Staff at the Twinings factory in North Shields are pouring hundreds of them at a very special birthday party.

The firm is celebrating its 300th birthday and staff at the factory on the Royal Quays estate are joining in.

The tea factory now employs 303 people and is more productive than ever, churning out 15 million tea bags a day ( nearly 3.3 billion each year.

"We've been up in the North East for many years now and it's our biggest production point.

"The factory at North Shields produces more than 50% of the tea bags that are made in the group," said Chris King, manufacturing director.

"Having the big party is a way of saying thank you to all the dedicated and loyal staff, some of who have been with us more than 25 years.

"The connection is strong in the region because of the winning combination of the business having a great product and also very talented, great people. …

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