Salada tea

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Salada tea
Private
Industry Food
Founded 1892; 124 years ago (1892)
Founder Peter Charles Larkin
Headquarters Canada
Products Tea
Parent Redco Foods, Inc

Salada tea is a brand of tea sold in the United States by Salada Foods, a division of Redco Foods, Inc.; and in Canada by Unilever.

History[edit]

"Salada Stamp Club" in Montreal to exchange Salada Tea labels with postage stamps of the British colonies.

Salada tea was founded in 1892 by Montreal businessman Peter C. Larkin. Larkin's main innovation was to offer its tea packaged in foil packaging, as opposed to being sold in loose form from chests, which helped to establish a uniform, consistent flavor, and a guarantee of freshness to its drinkers. Salada became one of the leading teas in Canada and the northeastern United States.

The Salada Tea Doors, designed by Henry Wilson, at the former Salada headquarters in Boston's Back Bay.
The Salada Tea Doors, designed by Henry Wilson, at the former Salada headquarters in Boston's Back Bay.

By 1917, Salada was so popular in the United States, that it was able to establish its own headquarters and blending and packaging plant at 330 Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] The architects were Densmore and LeClear. This former headquarters building's large bronze doors by Henry Wilson are inscribed with images of the history of the Ceylon tea trade, as well as Larkin's own contributions to a commitment to quality in the field.[2] Although the building has changed hands several times, the doors are still there.

By the 1950s, Salada had established plants across North America. In 1957, it was acquired by Shirriff-Horsey.[3] In 1969, it was acquired by Kellogg.[4] In 1988, Salada was acquired by Redco Foods, Inc., a company formed to produce Red Rose Tea in the U.S. under license from Unilever.[5] Not long thereafter, Redco sold Salada (Canada) to Unilever, so that each company produced both brands in their respective country. Since 1995, Redco has been owned by Teekanne of Germany.[6]

Salada USA is now a division of Redco Foods in Little Falls, New York.[1] Salada Canada is a brand of Unilever Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukers, William Harrison (1935). All about tea 2. The Tea and coffee trade journal company. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  2. ^ Shand-Tucci, Douglass (1999). Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800-2000. Univ of Massachusetts Press. pp. 199–200. ISBN 978-1558492011. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Salada History". Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kellogg Company". Company Histories. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Kidd, Kenneth (17 February 1988). "Red Rose seller agrees to buy Kellogg's Salada tea business". Toronto Star. p. C3. 
  6. ^ "Email from John Rigg". TeaCard.com.