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Tea producers in China

In recent years the number of companies producing tea in China has increased enormously and is now said to be more than 50 000. In addition there is a huge amount of small farmers that still produce tea for household or selling to nearby businesses and factories. Most of the tea producers are quite small but there are huge companies with thousands of employees with access to a variety of production plants.

China produces about a third of all the tea in the world, 1.24 million tons in 2008 (China Daily, February 2010), and although most of it is consumed in China exports to nearly 300 000 tonnes, making China one of the largest export cords in the world. Primarily, it is Morocco, Japan, EU, US and Russia who buy the tea. Most of this tea is of fairly low quality and are sold on average for two US dollars a kilo which is obviously not to be compared with the famous teas from China that costs hundreds of times more.

The best teas are usually produced by small farmers, monks and small cooperatives but also the larger companies can produce excellent tea. Just because a tea is made at the factory does not mean that it must be machine-manufactured, even if it often is. Larger companies may invest more resources in product development and have the opportunity to certify their teas as organic. It is very hard to buy tea made from small farmers in China if you don´t live nearby and have a personal connection. Many of the more notable new teas are produced and marketed by some major company. Other teas becomes famous because a group of tea producers unite around a brand. An example of this is “Anji white tea” that has become very popular in recent years.

Ideally, you would like to buy your tea directly from the producers, where you knew exactly how and where the tea was grown. Unfortunately this is not possible today and what is worse, very few tea shops want to tell you where they get their tea. I have nevertheless created a list of some of the more famous tea producers in China and with a little luck, this increases transparency and makes it easier to get a hold of many of the teas that are not currently exported. The list is by no means complete, but based on the companies registered on Alibaba. Another good source is Made-In-China. I’ve mainly included those companies that have a functioning website, preferably in English, and mainly produces tea of ​​good quality. Companies that only produce tea bags or standard products in small amounts are excluded. Companies that do not have their own production and pure pu-erh factories are also excluded.

The information in the table should be taken with a grain of salt. The transcribed English names are not always consistent, how old companies are not always true, the older companies are often reorganized and the number of employees varies because tea production is seasonal. I have also tried to describe the companies range from what they describe on their websites. “Exciting” means they the company produce a famous and unique tea sort, “Divided” means that they manufacture other products than pure tea, for example, soft drink or sex toys. It could also mean that they manufacture forged tea, which is usually means a famous tea sort from some other province. “Normal” means that you only produce common local teas.

NameProvinceFoundedEmployeesProductionWeb page
Anhui Greenland Tea Co., Ltd.Anhui2006 (1998?)100-500 (10-50?)Normalhttp://ruilan.en.alibaba.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/yin_xd.html
Anhui Guorun Tea Industrial Co., Ltd. Anhui198950-100Excitinghttp://www.runsitea.com
http://blackteachina.en.alibaba.com/
Anhui Hongyun Tea CompanyAnhui1997100-500Normalhttp://www.teabtb.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/weidade.html
Anhui Qishan Liu”an Guapian Co., Ltd.Anhui2007100-500Excitinghttp://www.tianxiaguocha.com
http://qishantea.en.alibaba.com
Anhui Tea Import / Export Co., LtdAnhui195250-100Dividedhttp://www.ahcy.cn
http://www.ahcy.com.cn
http://www.ahteas.com http://www.alibaba.com/member/sjsantoine.html
Anhui Yiming Tea Co., Ltd.Anhui10-50Excitinghttp://www.yimingcha.com
http://yimingcha.en.alibaba.com/
Friendii Industry Co, Ltd.Anhui2009100-500Dividedhttp://www.friendii.net
http://www.drinksware.com
http://friendii.en.alibaba.com/
Huangshan City Fulv Organic Tea Co., Ltd.Anhui200650-100Normalhttp://www.qmblacktea.com/
http://fulvtea.en.alibaba.com/
Huang Shan Xieyuda Tea Co. Ltd.Anhui2006Excitinghttp://www.xieyudatea.com/
Schucheng Anhui te Anhui Co, LtdAnhui1993Excitinghttp://www.wxytea.com.cn/
Shitai Rixin Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Anhui2006100-500Normalhttp://suntea.en.alibaba.com
Anhui Zhonghui Tea Industry Professional CooperativeAnhui2007100-500Normalhttp://zhoolongtea.en.alibaba.com
Beijing Jufu Tea Co., Ltd.Beijing200950-100Dividedhttp://www.bj-jufutea.cn
http://www.jufutea.com
http://jufutea.en.alibaba.com/
Mystaisan Alp-Tea Co.,LtdBeijing2005100-500Excitinghttp://www.alp-tea.com/
http://www.alibaba.com/member/jiguoqing.html
ChongqingChongqing
China Chongqing Tongfa Tea Co., Ttd.Chongqing500-1000Excitinghttp://www.guanyintea.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/gycha1.html
Chongqing Tea Co., Ltd.ChongqingExcitinghttp://www.cqtea.com/
Chonhqing Weiye Tea Co., LtdChongqing50-100http://www.alibaba.com/member/cqwycyrc.html
Anxi County Huaxing Wood FactoryFujian200410-50Dividedhttp://www.axhuaxing.cn/
http://songtea.en.alibaba.com/
Anxi Jiandou Xiangyao Tea FazendaFujian200810-50Normalhttp://www.31tea.com
http://31tea.en.alibaba.com/
Chanyou (Fujian) Trade Co. LtdFujian200850-100Dividedhttp://www.cheertea.com
http://fjqcyy.en.alibaba.com/
Damin Foodstuff (Zhangzhou) Co., Ltd.Fujian1995100-500Dividedhttp://damin.en.alibaba.com/
http://www.daminfood.com
Fu”an Allv Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian2007100-500Normalhttp://www.allvtea.cn
http://allvtea.en.alibaba.com/
Fu”an Yixiang Tea FactoryFujian2004100-500Excitinghttp://www.yixiangcha.com
http://www.yixiang-tea.com.cn
http://yixiangcha.cn.alibaba.com
http://yixiangtea.en.alibaba.com
Fujian Anxi Eight Horses Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian1993500-1000Excitinghttp://www.bamatea.com
http://bamatea.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Fuan Chenghu Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian199850-100Excitinghttp://8tea.com
http://chenghu.en.alibaba.com
Fujian Longyan Tianma Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian199850-100Dividedhttp://www.healthtea.com.cn
http://longyantianma.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Mingshan Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Fujian199950-100Normalhttp://www.mingshantea.com
http://mingshantea.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Ningde Chixi Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian199950-100Excitinghttp://www.laofu-tea.com
http://laofu-tea.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Pinpinxiang Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Fujian2004100-500Excitinghttp://www.pinpinxiang.cn
http://pinpinxiang.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Province Guangfu Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian2008100-500Dividedhttp://grandfoktea.en.alibaba.com
Fujian Wuyi Mountain Chicheng Co., Ltd.Fujian200150-100Dividedhttp://natureworks.en.alibaba.com
Good Tea (Fujian) Co., Ltd.Fujian2010Excitinghttp://good-tea.en.alibaba.com
Goodtea (Fujian) Co., Ltd.Fujian2010Normalhttp://goodtea.en.alibaba.com
Nan”an Xinfengyuan Tea FazendaFujian200750-100Normalhttp://redtea.en.alibaba.com
Ningde Tianbao Co., Ltd.Fujian199650-100Dividedhttp://tianbaotea.com
http://tianbaotea.en.alibaba.com
Ningde Yangfeng Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.Fujian200550-100Dividedhttp://www.yachter.cc
http://www.cnyfny.cn
http://yachter.en.alibaba.com
Xiamen Best Tea Trading Co., Ltd.Fujian2002100-500Normalhttp://xmhongming.com.cn
http://xmhongming.en.alibaba.com/
Xiamen Best Tea Trading Co., Ltd.Fujian2002100-500Dividedhttp://xmhongming.com.cn
http://xmhongming.en.alibaba.com
Xiamen FML Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd.Fujian200550-100Normalhttp://www.fmltea.com
http://fmltea.en.alibaba.com/
Xiamen Tea Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd.Fujian1999100-500Normalhttp://www.xmtea.com.cn
http://xmtea.en.alibaba.com/
Yian TeFujian20065-10Excitinghttp://yadhp.cn.alibaba.com/athena/offerlist/yadhp-sale-false.html http://yianchaye.en.alibaba.com/
Zhangpu Baojian Seasoning Co., Ltd.Fujian199210-50Dividedhttp://www.bjchaye.com
http://bjchaye.en.alibaba.com/
Zhonghe Tea of Jiandou AnxiFujian200810-50Normalhttp://www.axgymc.com
http://www.pureartspace.com
http://axtea.en.alibaba.com/
FU JIAN NEW TAN YANG TEA (GROUP) CO., LTDFujian1996100-500Excitinghttp://www.newtangyang.com
http://www.newtytea.cn
http://newtanyang.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Yurongxiang Tea Co., Ltd.Fujian2006100-500Excitinghttp://www.fjbcw.com
http://fjyurong.en.alibaba.com/
Beijing Duoqi Tea Sales CenterFujian199810-50Excitinghttp://www.dnbaicha.com
http://dnbaicha.en.alibaba.com/
Fujian Anxi Yingchang Tea FactoryFujian1996 (1992)100-500Normalhttp://www.yingchangtea.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/yingchangtea.html
Green Fountain Tea Company LimitedGuangdong2001Normalhttp://www.gfttea.com/
http://gfttea.en.alibaba.com/
Guangzhou Langbo Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd.Guangzhou200410-50Dividedhttp://www.langbotea.com
http://langbotea.en.alibaba.com/
Henan Chenlong Tea Ltd.Henan1993100-500Normalhttp://www.hnclcy.com
http://chenlongtea.en.alibaba.com
Henan Province Xinyang Lus” Tea Co., Ltd.Henan2001100-500Normalhttp://www.chtea.com
http://chtea.en.alibaba.com/
Hubei Caihua Tea Industry Co. Ltd.HubeiExcitinghttp://www.caihuacha.com/
Hubei Deng Cun Group Co, Ltd.HubeiExcitinghttp://www.dengcunlvcha.net/
Hubei Yihong Tea Co., Ltd.Hubei1998100-500Normalhttp://www.yihongtea.com
http://hbyihong.en.alibaba.com/
Suizhou Suifeng Tea Co., Ltd.Hubei2006500-1000Dividedhttp://greenteas.en.alibaba.com
Changsha Herun Tea Technology Company Ltd.Hunan198850-100Excitinghttp://www.csheruntea.com
http://heruntea.en.alibaba.com
Hunan Junsha Yinzhen Tea Co.,LtdHunanExcitinghttp://www.yinzhentea.com.cn
http://www.yinzhentea.com
http://www.jstea.com.cn
http://www.yinzhentea.com.cn
Hunan Provincial Sanny (Tea) Imp. Exp. Corp. LtdHunan195050-100Dividedhttp://www.alibaba.com/member/xkliu.html
Hunan Tea General Corp Of China/ Hunan Tea Company Limited of ChinaHunan198650-100Excitingwww.xiangtea.com.cn
http://www.china-hntea.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/makcim1980.html
Hunan Tea Research InstituteHunan1936100-500Excitinghttp://www.alibaba.com/member/hntri.html
Yiyang Gold Buddha Tea Co. LtdHunan200110-50Dividedhttp://www.alibaba.com/member/xieming1975.html
htttp://www.chinadarktea.com.cn
Jiangsu Xinpin Tea Co., Ltd.Jiangsu200150-100Dividedhttp://www.xyfencha.com
http://www.xptea.net.cn
http://xptea.en.alibaba.com
Reshine Trading Co., Ltd.Jiangsu200950-100Dividedhttp://www.reshina.net.cn
http://rongxiao.en.alibaba.com/
Jiangxi Ming Long GroupJiangxiExcitinghttp://www.jxsrml.com/
Jiujiang Songbai Tea Co., Ltd.Jiangxi199850-100Excitinghttp://songbaitea.com
http://songbaitea.en.alibaba.com/
Sky Eagle Tea EnterpriseJiangxi200410-50Normalhttp://www.skyeagletea.com/
http://www.alibaba.com/member/haimn.html
Spring Tea Ltd.Jiangxi1970500-1000Normalhttp://www.buying-chinatea.com/
http://www.alibaba.com/member/frankyn.html
LiaoningJiangxi
Sunwills International Co., LtdJiangxi200050-100Normalhttp://www.sunwills.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/hwywb.html
Shaanxi Wuzi Green Tea Co., Ltd.Shaanxi1998500-1000Excitinghttp://www.greenteachina.en.alibaba.com
Shanghai Qing Quan Tea Co.,LtdShanghai1998100-500Normalhttp://www.qingquantea.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/bill5555.html
Chengdu Tianpu Tea Industrial Co., Ltd.Sichuan200810-50Excitinghttp://www.tianpu-tea.com
http://tianpu.en.alibaba.com/
http://tianpuchuancha.en.alibaba.com
Sichuan Linhu Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Sichuan2008100-500Excitinghttp://sclhtea.en.alibaba.com/
Sichuan Mengding Mountain Well-Cherished Tea Co., Ltd.Sichuan2007Normalhttp://wdzcy.com
http://wdzcy.en.alibaba.com/
Sichuan Mingshan Tea-Industry Co., Ltd.Sichuan2000100-500Excitinghttp://www.mengshan-tea.com
http://mengshantea.en.alibaba.com/
Sichuan Natural Paradise Tea Co., Ltd.SichuanExcitinghttp://www.sczrtt.cn/
http://sczirantiantang.cn.hisupplier.com/
Sichuan Shengshan-Xiancha Tea Co., Ltd.Sichuan200510-50Excitinghttp://www.wtotea.com http://wtotea.en.alibaba.com/
Sichuan Xufu Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Sichuan100-500Excitinghttp://www.xftea.com/ http://www.e-to-china.com/company/companyinfo.php?usd=247264
Sichuan Yibin Tea GroupSichuan100-500http://www.alibaba.com/member/ybiec.html
Sichuan Zaobaijian Tea Industry Co.Sichuan 700Excitinghttp://www.zbjcy.com.cn/
Ya”an Xin Yuan Tea Co., Ltd.Sichuan200610-50Excitinghttp://yasw.0835.com/info/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=348
http://xinyuantea.en.alibaba.com/
Yibin Foreign Trade Jinye Tea Co., Ltd.Sichuan1998100-500Excitinghttp://www.jinyetea.com
http://ybwmjy.en.alibaba.com/
Yibin Manyuanchun Famous Tea Co., Ltd.Sichuan200210-50Excitinghttp://yibinmyctea.en.alibaba.com
China Tea (Yunnan) Co., Ltd.Yunnan200750-100Normalhttp://www.zctea.cn
http://zctea.en.alibaba.com/
Kunming Mingxiang Tea Co.,Ltd.YunnanExcitinghttp://www.yntea.com
Kunming Nanxiang Tea Co., Ltd.Yunnan200150-100Normalhttp://www.yntea.cn/
http://yntea.en.alibaba.com/
Nanjian County Phenix Tea Co., Ltd.Yunnan2006100-500Normalhttp://ynnjfh.en.alibaba.com
Yunnan Dianhong Group Co., LtdYunnan1939Excitinghttp://www.dianhong.com/
Yunnan Haiwan Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Yunnan2002100-500Normalhttp://www.haiwantea.com
http://haiwantea.en.alibaba.com/
Yunnan Pu”er Tea (Group) Co., Ltd.Yunnan2005>1000Excitinghttp://www.puercha.com.cn
http://pursuetea.en.alibaba.com/
Green Land Natural & Scientific Products Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2006Excitinghttp://greenlandtea.food188.com/
Hangzhou Fine Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang200250-100Dividedhttp://finetea.en.alibaba.com
Hangzhou Jufengyuan Teas Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1985 (2007)Normalhttp://hzjfycy.en.alibaba.com
Hangzhou Rixin Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang20045-10Normalhttp://www.hzrixintea.com.cn
http://rixintea.en.alibaba.com/
Hangzhou Yinquan Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2001100-500Normalhttp://www.yqtea.com
http://yinquan.en.alibaba.com/
Hangzhou Yuhang Xingting Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2000100-500Dividedhttp://hangzhouxingting.en.alibaba.com
Jiande Tian Yu Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang200450-100Excitinghttp://ty-tea.net
http://tianyutea.en.alibaba.com/
Mingge Tea Goods Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1998100-500Normalhttp://www.alibaba.com/member/yxvalves.html
Ningbo ABI Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang200250-100Normalhttp://www.madein-ningbo.com
http://www.alibaba.com/member/exporterg.html
Ningbo Wang Hai Tea Development Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2000100-500Excitinghttp://www.whtea.com
http://wanghaitea.en.alibaba.com
Orient Tea & Commodities Co., Ltd.Zhejiang200110-50Normalhttp://www.orientea.net.cn
http://orientea.en.alibaba.com
Shaoxing County Yulong Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang200650-100Normalhttp://www.yulongtea.com
http://yulongtea.en.alibaba.com/
Shaoxing Yuchacun Tea Co., LtdZhejiang1993100-500Normalhttp://www.ycctea.com
http://www.ycctea.cn
http://ycctea.en.alibaba.com
Shengzhou City Dapeng Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2004100-500Normalhttp://www.dapengtea.cn/
http://dapengtea.en.alibaba.com
Shengzhou City Zhenan Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1999100-500Excitinghttp://www.zhenantea.com
http://szzntea.en.alibaba.com/
Shengzhou Ruixing Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2002100-500Normalhttp://ruixingtea.en.alibaba.com/
http://ruixingchaye.cn.alibaba.com/
TeaSources(HangZhou) I/E Co.,LTDZhejiang100-500Dividedhttp://www.teasources.com
http://www.teapicker.com
http://teasources.en.alibaba.com
Zhejiang Caiyunjian Tea Co.,ltdZhejiang199250-100Excitinghttp://www.chinaorganictea.com/
http://www.caiyunjian.com/ http://www.alibaba.com/member/cn101965937.html
Zhejiang Camel Transworld Organic Food Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1998100-500Dividedhttp://www.gourmet-teas.com
http://organic-tea.en.alibaba.com/
Zhejiang Changyu Tea Products Co., Ltd.Zhejiang199610-50Normalhttp://www.alibaba.com/member/shiyurong.html
Zhejiang Chunan Qiandao Lake Tea-Blending FactoryZhejiang10-50Normalhttp://toptea.en.alibaba.com
Zhejiang Chunli Tea Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2003Excitinghttp://www.chunlitea.com
http://chunlitea.en.alibaba.com
Zhejiang Qiandaoyinzhen Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1992100-500Dividedhttp://qdyz.en.alibaba.com
Zhejiang Tea Group Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2000>1000http://chinaflowertea.en.alibaba.com
Zhejiang Tea Group Co., Ltd.Zhejiang2000100-500Dividedhttp://www.chinagreentea.com
http://chinagreentea.en.alibaba.com http://chinazjtea.en.alibaba.com/
Zhejiang Tea Group Co.Ltd.Zhejiang1950100-500Dividedhttp://www.tea-trading.com http://www.alibaba.com/member/fengmaolin.html
Zhejiang Tea Import & Export Co., Ltd.Zhejiang195050-100Dividedhttp://www.zjtea.com http://www.alibaba.com/member/songfeng606.html
Zhejiang Wuyi Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1999100-500Excitinghttp://www.wychaye.com
http://wychaye.en.alibaba.com/
Zhejiang Yuansheng Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang197810-50Dividedhttp://www.ys-tea.com
http://ystea.en.alibaba.com
Lin”an Dayang Tea Industry Co., Ltd.Zhejiang1999500-1000Excitinghttp://wenxiao168.cn.alibaba.com
http://www.organic4food.com
http://www.linandayang.com.cn