ARIZONA, USA, – March 26, 2013– Harris Tea Company, the leading US supplier of Private Brand Tea Bags, Instant Tea, and Iced Tea Mixes has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture (FBA) Sector Working Group.

“We are so excited to have Harris Tea Company join TSC’s family,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis of the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Working Group of TSC. “With production facilities which include California, Georgia, New Jersey, and the United Kingdom, Harris Tea Co., will be a great addition to the FBA Working Group. We look forward to strengthening our business together with extensive knowledge and expertise.”

In addition to blending and packaging conventional teas, Harris Tea Company is a licensed organic tea manufacturer. They offer a complete line of certified Fair Trade teas, which empower farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

“As an organization committed to improving the lives of rural agricultural communities in tea and herb sourcing regions we are excited to be joining TSC,” said Eileen Lauth, Technical Director at Harris Tea Company. “Harris Tea Co. will continue to improve the sustainability of tea farmers and grow the relationship we have with our sustainability partners at TSC.”

TSC’s Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Working Group is the largest working group in the organization and home to other participants such as Kellogg’s, Miller Coors, and PepsiCo, Inc. The FBA Working Group is also developing an innovation project around Commodity Mapping, biodiversity, and water usage.

The Harris Tea Company, part of the Harris group of companies, owns the Harris Freeman Foundation whose mission focuses on three critical areas of the community: educational support, health and safety, and sustainable farming practices with respect for the environment.

About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. TSC develops transparent methodologies, tools, and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a credible, scalable, and transparent process and system. The organization boasts over 90 members from all corners of business employing over 57 million people and whose combined revenues total over $1.5 trillion. The Sustainability Consortium is jointly administered by Arizona State University and University of Arkansas with additional operations at Wageningen University in The Netherlands and has recently launched an office in China. Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.

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