Loughborough Alumni Feature TEA REX

TEA REX wins a range of awards for their fruit and root tea

Andrew Walker launched his new business, TEA REX, at the BBC Good Food Show in November 2016 and the company have already been recognised for their work.

The world’s first 100% fresh single serving fruit and root tea, TEA REX, have won two Great Taste awards, a Quality Food Award and were also shortlisted for a World Food Innovations Award.

A Great Taste Award was given for the Wakey Wakey Rise & Rawr tea - a cup of zingy lemon, fresh root turmeric and ginger tea. A second award was for the Rawrsome Berry Time tea, which features blackberries, blueberries and raspberries as well as ginger root and lemon.

The business also won the Small Producer of the Year Award in the Quality Food Awards’ drinks category. Judges said they were impressed by the “passion, drive and love” that went into the business. As part of the award, Andrew will have the opportunity to work with the Co-op to supply the community retailer.

Founder, Andrew, said about his company:

“In a rapidly growing fruit and herbal tea market, with an increased consumer demand for wellness-focused natural products, there is a game-changing opportunity to create a new category in fresh infusions. Fresh ingredients like turmeric, lemon and ginger have been brewed as revitalising remedies for 1000’s of years.

However, dehydrated fruit teas on sale today just don’t ever taste as good as they smell. This is because drying and over-processing has compromised natural goodness and flavours. Think - when was the last time you had powdered egg or milk? So why are we still drinking dried fruit tea?

We’re on a mission to change this by inventing a fresh alterative which delivers the most nutritionally dense and flavoursome cuppa in the category.”

Alumnus Andrew graduated from Loughborough in 2006 with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology.

Congratulations to Andrew and the team on their success.

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