We were staying in Kiawah Island and decided to take a day trip to the Charleston Tea Co., a family owned business.
We found the tour very educational and thought-provoking. We saw the acres of tea plants, a new high tech greenhouse, a unique tea harvesting tractor and the tea processing center that was inactive at this time of the year. We were amazed to learn there were more employees in the gift shop than the 3 workers in the acres of fields, maintaining all the tea plants. I also couldn't understand why after the tea is processed in SC, it is shipped to CT for packaging and then shipped back to SC for distribution. In response to my question, the picture got clearer after learning that CTC is now a subsidary of Bigelow Tea that owns the packaging plant in CT.
CTC is higher priced and sold in select shops.
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