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Salada Tea Salada tea was founded in 1892 by Montreal businessman Peter C. Larkin. Larkin's main innovation was to offer ...

Salada Tea

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.
By 1917, Salada was so popular in the US, that it was able to establish its own headquarters and blending and packaging plant at 330 Stuart Street in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Though the building has been sold on several times the doors are still there.
By the 1950s, Salada had established plants across North America. Salada is now a division of Redco Foods, Inc. in Little Falls, New York

What the winner will receive!
Salada Green Tea Metabolism
Salada Green Tea Immunity
Salada Green Tea Brain Boost
Salada White Tea Asian Plum
Salada ACTIVE BLEND Green Tea – Energy Boost (available in single-serve cups)
Salada ACTIVE BLEND Green Tea – Fiber Boost (available in single-serve cups)

Also the winner will receive Red Rose tea also.

India Black tea.
Tanzania Black tea.
India green tea

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The Story of Tea...Divine Leader

According to Chinese legend, the story of tea began in 2737 BC. Emperor Shen Nung, who was known as the "Divine Healer", always boiled his water before drinking it. He had observed that those who boiled their water had better health. One afternoon, as he knelt before his boiling water, some leaves from a nearby tree blew into the water. The Emperor noted a delightful aroma and, upon sipping the beverage, proclaimed it heaven sent.

Since this first cup of green tea almost five thousand years ago, the popularity of tea has grown to the point that it is now the second most consumed beverage in the world. Only water is more popular. Shortly after Emperor Shen Nung's discovery, tea's popularity spread to Japan and the rest of the Far East. The Dutch first brought tea from China to Europe and America by 1650. In 1669, the East India Company began bringing tea leaves to England, and in 1721, the company was granted a monopoly on all tea imported into the British Empire. Initially, tea was very expensive and available only for royalty and the upper class. At the time, tea prices were $30 to $50 per pound. One pound of tea makes about two hundred tea bags. During the 1800's, tea clippers raced from China to London and other ports. The first clipper to arrive with its cargo fetched the highest prices. Largely because of this new method of speedy transportation, the supply of tea became more plentiful and thus less expensive.

Tea played a dramatic role in the establishment of the United States of America. In 1767, the British Government put a tax on the tea used by American colonists. Protesting "taxation without representation", the colonists did not allow tea to be unloaded. In December 1773, colonists, dressed as American Indians, boarded ships from the East India Company and threw three hundred chests of tea into Boston harbor. The Boston Tea Party, of course, led to American independence.

America was also the birthplace of iced tea. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis in the summer of 1904, the weather was very hot. A young Englishman named Richard Blechynden was serving hot tea for days with no takers. In desperation, he tried pouring tea into glasses with pieces of ice. The beverage was a hit and iced tea was born.

Energy Boost-
Salada ACTIVE BLEND Green Tea - Energy Boost helps give consumers an invigorating pick-me-up by combining select botanicals and vitamins with its premium green tea. Natural blueberry flavoring and a touch of natural sweeteners make this a delicious and low-calorie treat. With its green tea base and 20 percent daily value of vitamin C, it is also an excellent antioxidant source.
Fiber Boost-
With the busy, on-the-go lifestyles that we live, getting enough fiber into your diet can be a real challenge. That's where Salada Active Blend Green Tea comes in. We start without premium green tea and blend in natural lemon flavor for a great taste and natural fiber to help give your body the added boost that it needs. With the natural goodness of green tea, the crisp and satisfying taste of Salada and the convenience of a single serve cup--who knew that getting extra fiber in your diet could be so easy and delicious?
Brain Boost-
Looking for a mental pick-me-up? Then Salada Brain Boost is for you! This invigorating, all natural blend combines our premium green tea with a botanical fusion of ginkgo biloba, Siberian ginseng, rosemary and gotu kola, creating a unique and delicious tea to stimulate and energize your senses. Refreshing lemon flavor for enjoyment either hot or iced.
Boost your immune system with Salada Immunity Green Tea.  The power of Vitamin C has been infused with the purity of green tea and the luscious flavors of fresh peach and nectarine.  Vitamin C may contribute to healthy immune function.
Get energized- drink Salada Metabolism Green Tea! We combine our premium green tea with peppermint, dandelion root, artichoke leaves and nettle to create an invigorating, refreshing and all natural beverage that's the perfect drink for an active lifestyle. With its great tasting apricot flavor, this tea is equally delicious hot or iced.

-20 Teabags per box
-Ingredients Green Tea, Ginkgo Biloba, Rosemary, Natural Lemon Flavor, Lemongrass, Gotu Kola, Green Tea Extract, Siberian Ginseng.
-Contains Caffeine.

                                      Also don't forget to try RedRoose Tea Salada's Sister!

                                                                Red Rose Tea                                   
The story of Red Rose Tea began way back in 1890 in Canada. Theodore Harding Estabrooks was born in Wicklow, Carleton County, New Brunswick in 1861. He attended Kerrís Business College in Saint John, New Brunswick, and went into business himself in 1894 on Dock Street in downtown Saint John. He was a local business leader that came up with a great idea... produce and pack a quality blended tea that was consistent from cup to cup. Before that, tea was sold loose from tea chests by local merchants and quality varied a great deal. Mr. Estabrooks' innovation meant that tea lovers could count on the quality of tea in every Red Rose package — a tradition that continues to this day.

Initially, Red Rose was sold mainly in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, but soon distribution expanded into other parts of Canada and into the United States beginning in the 1920s. Distribution initially was in cities near the Canadian border such as Portland, Buffalo and Detroit. In 1929, Red Rose introduced tea bags for the first time. 

The business continued to expand and in 1932 a new chapter in the history of Red Rose began. Mr. Estabrooks sold Red Rose to Brooke Bond & Company of England. Arthur Brooke had founded Brooke Bond and Company in 1869, starting with a single tea shop. There was no Mr. Bond, but Arthur Brooke thought it sounded better. What was to become one of the world's leading tea companies was born. During the 1890's, Arthur Brooke expanded beyond tea shops and into the wholesale tea market using vans to deliver his tea all over England. The Brooke Bond name became synonymous with tea throughout the United Kingdom and his company introduced a second brand — PG Tips in 1930. Brooke Bond also became a major brand in the large tea market of India. With the sale to Brooke Bond, Red Rose was part of a global tea company and flourished under the guidance of the parent company and Arthur Brooke's son Gerald, who became chairman in 1910. 

Following the Second World War, Brooke Bond established their Canadian business in Montreal, Quebec and continued to grow the Red Rose Tea brand. By the 1970s, Red Rose was sold in much of the United States and Canada.

In 1985, Unilever NV acquired Brooke Bond Foods, Inc. Shortly thereafter, Unilever sold the rights to the Red Rose brand in the United States to Redco Foods, Inc. retaining the rights in Canada and other parts of the world. Production of Red Rose Tea for the United States market moved to Little Falls, N.Y., in 1988.

Today, Red Rose is blended with the same care that Theodore Harding Estabrooks established more than a century ago. Red Rose contains high-grown black teas from Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Kenya, India and Indonesia. The result is a blend that produces a full-flavored cup of tea for the tea lover. We think Mr. Estabrooks would be proud.

Red Rose is a well known name in tea, especially in Britain and Canada. The company started in Canada, but in more recent years has split into a US version and a Canadian version. Some say the tea is the same, but many think the Canadian Red Rose is superior. I have to agree, and I'm not just saying that because I am Canadian.

The company was started in 1894 by Theodore Estabrooks. He dealt in the import and export of various commodities, but felt that tea was his future. During the first year of business, he only sold $166 in tea. Even with such weak beginnings, he did not give up. In just 6 years, he was selling over a thousand tons of tea per year.

The Red Rose brand was born in 1899 when Estabrooks met M.R Miles (who was a member of a prestigious tea-taster family in England). They came up with the idea to create a blend of Indian and Sri Lankan teas, rather than the more common Chinese and Japanese teas. The result was a rich and flavourful tea, that they sold under the name 'Red Rose'.

Their tea quickly became a household name around New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (their company was located in Saint John, NB). And Red Rose's popularity also spread down into the New England states. They were so successful, that they expanded their product line in 1901 to include coffee.

In the 1920's, Estabrooks met Gerald Brooke, of Brooke, Bond & Company. They became friends and when Estabrooks made the decision to retire, he sold his shares of the T.H Estabrook company to Brooke, Bond & Company. He wanted his share of the company to go to someone with the ambition to carry on the Red Rose legacy.

After WWII, Brooke Bond expanded to create Brooke Bond Canada. This new company established new packing plants in Montreal, but kept the original facility in New Brunswick.

Unilever acquired Brooke Bond Canada in 1984, and the plant in Saint John, NB was closed. The plant is still there as a heritage building. The remaining US business of Brooke Bond was acquired by Red Rose USA Management, who was then bought out by Teckanne in 1995. I won't pretend to understand the nuances of big business, but the end result was that Red Rose had become two separate entities, a Canadian one and an American one.

Even non-tea drinkers, would recognize Red Rose as the company who made those little figurines that people are still trading and collecting today. My grandmother had a collection too. I wonder what ever happened to them?


  1. I love homemade chi. My mom got me started making it from scratch - lots of spices. It not only tastes good and gives me an energy boost, but it is full of health properties too.

  2. I love all teas that have lots of flavor, and a little sweetness.

  3. I like mint tea - it is especially great mixed with hot chocolate on a cold winter night!
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

  4. I like mint tea, it is fresh feeling

  5. I love black tea because it is flavorful and gives me a boost of caffeine without drinking coffee

  6. My favorite tea is honey vanilla cammomile. It s relaxing

  7. Green tea does wonders. I lived in China for a while and can't live with out a daily tea

  8. I like sweet tea because it reminds me of home when I was a child

  9. Green tea is my favorite tea because of its health benefits.

  10. My favorite tea is peppermint tea! <3 it helps ease my stomach/nausea/pain. (a looot of chronic illnesses)

  11. My favorite tea in the fall is apple cinnamon with cream. It just reminds me of fall and is cozy on the cool nights.

  12. I like iced tea with sugar and lemon because it tastes so good. (Roxann)

  13. I love a glass of ice cold sweet tea with a little bit of lemon and honey. It is so refreshing and comforting at the same time.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com