THAILAND - In November 2014, Maruzen Tea Japan joined forces with Thailand’s Boonrawd Farm Company (a subsidiary of Boonrawd Brewery Company and manufacturer of Singha beer) to produce matcha from tea plants grown at the Singha Park tea estate in Chiang Rai province. The new company Maruzen Food (Thailand) has invested 140 million baht ($4.3 million) in Thailand’s first ever Japanese style tea factory at Singha Park (the brewery’s hub) where the tea will be manufactured.
The tea estate currently has the capacity to produce 140 metric tons of green tea a year but the aim is to invest a further 140-200 million baht ($4-5 million) in 2015 to increase output to 210 metric tons. The demand for Japanese green teas is growing and the company says the teas produced by Maruzen Food (Thailand) will be 20-30% cheaper than imported teas. They will be sold in teabag and powder form into the domestic market and to Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Asean member states such as Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.
Learn more at: www.boonrawdfarm.com