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Our History

Camellia

2022

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December

Disposal of ACS&T

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November

Kakuzi awarded global certification for sustainable water resources management

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October

Duncan Brothers Received “Green Factory Award, 2020”.

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October

Avocado planting started at Eastern Produce Tanzania.

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September

Avocados from Lokitela exported for the first time.

2021

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November

Camellia acquires 100% shareholding in Bardsley England.

2020

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September

Camellia divests of US Operation.

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February

Disposal of Horizon Farms.

2019

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August

Eastern Produce South Africa acquires Beja farm.

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September

Goodricke Group acquires two tea gardens in Assam, Bargang and Harchurrah.

2018

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July

Kakuzi commences blueberry trials at their estates outside Nairobi.

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July

AJT acquires Black Gold Oil Tools Ltd.

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July

Eastern Produce Kenya commences trials of avocado production at Kitale in Kenya.

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January

Camellia acquires majority shareholding in Jing.

2017

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April

Duncan Brothers receives Rainforest Alliance Certification.

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January

Margaret's Deck, Darjeeling is opened as the flagship tea lounge to Goodricke's Teapot chain.

2016

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January

Kakuzi commissions a new macadamia cracking plant.

2015

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February

The solar project at the Kepchomo factory in Kenya was switched on.

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January

Solar water heating unit installed at Aibheel, West Bengal

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June

Rainforest Alliance Certification was achieved on all Assam and Darjeeling estates

2014

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January

Kakuzi wins CSR awards for their Kitchen gardens & use of Sustainable Water.

2012

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September

Amfin receives a number of accreditations which allows it to expand the business and services offered.

2011

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October

Major facilities upgrade is now completed at the AJT Altens site.

2008

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January

ACS&T becomes one of the first temperature-controlled logistics providers to achieve British Retail Consortium certification across all of its operating sites – a testament to its commitment to quality of service, hygiene and product safety.

2006

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March

Duncan Lawrie purchases The Hill Martin Group allowing expansion of services.

2005

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April

Lawrie Group Plc and Linton Park Plc, become wholly owned subsidiaries of Camellia Plc.

2001

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February

Camellia acquire EPSA.

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January

Eastern Produce Malawi commission a new macadamia cracking plant.

1994

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July

Camellia’s subsidiary Eastern Produce Cape purchased Slangrivier Farm in Wellington, South Africa.

1993

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November

Camellia takes 100% ownership of Associated Cold Stores & Logistics.

1990

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March

Eastern Produce (Holdings) Ltd changes its name to Linton Park Plc.

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September

Horizon Farms in the USA was purchased.

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November

WDG and Camellia’s other associated tea interests in India and Bangladesh are merged under the banner of Lawrie Group Plc.

1985

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June

Maruque Farm, Sao Paulo, Brazil purchased.

1978

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January

WDG acquires a minority interest in Eastern Produce (Holdings) Ltd.

1971

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April

Duncan Lawrie Private Bank open.

1967

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March

Alex Lawrie & Co. Ltd merges with WDG and the Alex Lawrie company name disappears. Alex Lawrie Factors continues.

1964

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September

Camellia Investments establishes significant stakes in various tea plantation and managing companies, including Alex Lawrie & Co. Ltd and WDG.

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December

Sephinjuri Bheel tea estate is sold and the company changes name to Camellia Investments Ltd.

1962

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May

Alex Lawrie Factors is set up as a joint venture between Gordon Fox and Alex Lawrie & Co. Ltd.

1952

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January

Estates in Malawi and Kenya are purchased.

1949

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March

Walter Duncan & Co. merges with C.A. Goodricke to form Walker Duncan & Goodricke Ltd (WDG).

1889

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July

The Sephinjuri Bheel Tea Company Ltd is incorporated to own a single tea estate of the same name.

1878

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October

Alex Lawrie & Co. an agency with interests in tea, is formed in London by Alex Lawrie and Edward Wahab.

1875

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March

Duncan Brothers & Co. is set up in Calcutta & Walter Duncan & Co. is set up in Glasgow by Walter Duncan and his brother William.

1866

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November

Balmer Lawrie is established in Calcutta by Stephen Balmer and Alex Lawrie, a Managing Agency which played a dynamic role in the development of tea.

1862

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March

The Ceylon Tea Company is formed later to become Eastern Produce (Holdings) Ltd.

1859

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January

Walter Duncan arrives in Calcutta and sets up a business in partnership with Playfair of Glasgow.

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