In the last issue of the Upton Tea Quarterly we discussed the development of The Great Atlantic &
Pacific Tea Company, and how it grew into the largest grocery chain in the U.S.
Their original focal point was tea, and they were highly successful in capturing much of the
market. At the height of their success, they were the dominant chain in grocery retailing, with
over 7,000 stores in operation.
At the same time that A&P was experiencing unparalleled growth in the U.S., Thomas Lipton
was creating his own grocery empire in the U.K. In contrast to the A&P story, that of Lipton's
does not begin with tea. It was not until the Lipton chain totaled over 300 stores that Thomas
Lipton ventured into the tea trade. His success in developing and marketing Ceylon teas during
the latter part of the nineteenth century is legendary and the details reveal the unrivaled
resourcefulness of Sir Thomas.
"Upton Tea Imports was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing the North American tea drinker with
the finest teas available. We purchase teas from reputable brokers and estates worldwide, dealing only with
sources who are capable of providing top quality teas. We sell directly to the consumer, thus ensuring the
freshest product and fairest pricing."