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Merrill J. Fernando and his journey in tea

Born in 1930, in the village of Pallansena in South Western Sri Lanka, Merrill J. Fernando hails from a rural, middle class background. Following his early education at Maris Stella College, Negombo he moved to the capital Colombo, seeking better prospects. He wished to become a Tea taster, then the domain of British expatriates who guarded their profession keenly. Merrill was fortunate to be selected to join the first batch of Ceylonese (Sri Lanka was then called Ceylon) to be trained in tea at what was then the ecca' of tea " Mincing Lane, London.

Whilst at Mincing Lane, Merrill observed the dysfunctional aspects of an industry on ...
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Corporate info & milestones

The MJF Group's origins date back to the 1950's just after Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, became independent from British colonial rule. Founder of the Group, Merrill J. Fernando has devoted a lifetime to tea, the core business of the Group. He had his early tea training in Ceylon and then in the Mecca of tea, Mincing Lane, London. Challenging the system that prevented him from marketing Ceylon Tea packed at origin, Merrill returned to Ceylon determined to change the structure of the trade. That took him almost 25 years and in 1974 he established his own company MJF Exports Ltd. That company was the first of a series of ground-breaking companies tha...
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Dilmah Difference

Dilmah is unique; a brand that is founded on a passionate commitment to quality and authenticity in tea, it is also a part of a philosophy that goes beyond commerce in seeing business as a matter of human service.

Tea is Nature's gift to mankind. A beverage that heals, protects and refreshes, it is also infinite in variety, changing subtlety with the natural alchemy of sunshine, soils, wind, rain and temperature. That beautiful variety in tea is as much a challenge as a deliciously indulgent reward for whilst nature gives us a tea to suit every mood, and desire, she demands expertise in understanding and selecting the finest. That expe...
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The 6 Pillars of Dilmah

The philosophy of 'Business is a matter of human service' is crystallised in the Six Pillars of Dilmah – Quality, Tradition, our Customer, Ethics, Integrity and Sustainability. Quality begins with the teas we offer our consumers, and extends to the equipment we use to maintain an industry leading standard of manufacturing excellence, to our packaging, and presentation of our tea. Dilmah is respectful of the traditions of an industry that is centuries old, and of a beverage with a 5,000 year history. The teas we offer are traditional and orthodox, made using a process perfected over generations. Dilmah is an ethical brand, born a pioneer in ...
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