Tea Importers is a family-owned business headquartered in Westport, CT that was founded by Mr. Joe Wertheim in 1958. The company imports tea from most of the tea producing countries in the world, which it sells to major tea packers and blenders, as well as specialty tea companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Tea Importers, Inc. has seven employees in its Westport, Connecticut office, with Andrew Wertheim, Joe’s son, acting as the company’s current president.
Tea Importers is also the majority shareholder of SORWATHE LTD., the largest single tea producing factory in Rwanda.
The tea processed by the factory is grown on the SORWATHE-owned plantation of 256 hectares, as well as on another 850 hectares owned by ASSOPTHE, a Rwandan cooperative that represents over 4,500 small farmers.
SORWATHE employs over 2,500 Rwandans in the factory and fields. It produces approximately 6.5 million pounds (3 million Kilograms) of high quality tea each year for sale around the world.