Belfast Telegraph

Tea firm is on the boil with Spanish brew

By Margaret Canning

A tea specialist from Belfast has brewed plans to sell its wares at one of Europe's favourite food destinations.

Suki Tea will sell products to shoppers at La Boqueria in Barcelona, close to the famous boulevard of La Rambla and a must-see for visitors to the Catalan capital.

Suki was set up by business partners Oscar Woolley and Anne Rooney and sold its first tea from a stall at St George's Market in Belfast in 2005. It has since enjoyed international success, which has included winning UK Great Taste Awards.

The company, which employs nine people, recently engaged a distributor to enable selling throughout Spain.

Mr Woolley said the Barcelona decision "happened by chance".

"A staff member who ran our stall in St George's decided to go to live in Barcelona and asked if she could operate a stall for Suki in La Boqueria.

"I jumped at the chance to reach such an influential market because a stall is a great interface with customers. We built our business in Belfast from the stall at St George's and continue to get tremendous feedback from shoppers there.

"I am sure Barcelona will be exactly the same - but a great deal bigger.

"It will support the work of our European distributor and bring us closer to Spanish shoppers and tourists from all over the world."

The company recently secured sales in Kenya and through Bourbon Cafes in Rwanda. Around 20 Japanese tea houses are now selling Suki fruit teas.