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Tea Production

Forsman tea factory is located in Vantaa, in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. The Forsman tea factory is one of the biggest tea factories in the Northern Europe. Forsman both packs and flavors its teas in the tea factory. Forsman has its factory next to the tea factory. The factory outlet is one of the biggest premium tea shops in Nordic countries. The whole selection of Forsman tea is awailable in the store. This is a short description about the tea production in the Forsman tea factory.

 

Forsman tea imports its teas directly from the teafarmers all over the world teafarms. Tea is imported for example from India, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam. The tea production starts when the  the "base tea" is picked (selected) from the warehouse. The factory warehouse store many thousand of kilos tea which are all orginised in the certain order. Finding tea from the warehouse is not a problem since all the teas have their own place in the shelves.

In the next step we start making the tea. First tea has to pass the strict quality control. All the tea goes through very precise quality control where the leaf size is analysed as well as the other quality facts. Typically the quality of the "base tea" is high and the work is mainly monitoring that the tea fills the Forsman tea own requirements. Sometimes some smaller or bigger leaves are removed as well as midribs. In case some some incredient are added to the tea those incredient go throw the same type of quality control. In this phase flavored tea gets also its flavors. In case you are interested about flavoring the tea you can read more from here.  

When the tea has gone through the quality check it is guided to the tea mixers where the tea leaves and other flavoring are mixed together. After the mixers tea is guided to the tea containers. From the containers tea is divided for the two packaking lines. Other one of the packaging lines pacs small tea packs (60 g) while another is designed to pack big 1,6 kg tea packs for the retailers and loose leaf teashops. The packing lines are located in the lower level of the factory. In the picture (left) new empty tea packs (60 g) are installed to the packiging machine.   

When the tea has passed the quality check it is packed. In the picture we can see how the packed Forsman tea travels forward in the conveyor line. Small tea packs (60 g) are packed into 12 pcs boxes which are then stored in the warehouse and later delivered for the ratailers. Both of the packaging lines is highly automatised, still monitored and controlled all the time. Typically two person operate (60 g package) packaging line: Other one "runs" the machine while other one monitors the whole process and feeds the packaging material for the line.

Forsman tea delivers more than 5 million tea packages annually. In the warehouse every tea has it own place based on its product number. Most of the Forsman tea production is exported to different European coutries and Russia.

Warehouse manager is responsible of the tea production as well as warehouse operation. The work of warehouse manager is very hectic and sometimes stressful (especially in the high season). However the positive feedback from the customers and retailers make the work very rewarding. 

Forsman tea has its own Factory outlet which is one of the biggest tea shops in the Nordic countries. The whole selection of Forsman producs is awailable in the teashop. Teashop can be described as the paradise of every tea lover. Shop has also one of the most massive tables in the whole Finland (see picture).