The Kenya Tea Packers Limited (KETEPA) was registered as a private company in September 1977 and started operations in January 1978.
KETEPA OPENS EXPORT MARKET
The Company was required by law to serve the local market only. The law was changed in 1992 which allowed export of tea. KETEPA now exports packed tea to destinations around the world. The head office and packing factory are located in Kericho.
KETEPA Limited Shareholding
KETEPA is owned by the smallholder tea farmers of Kenya through the Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) and the Kenya Tea Growers Association (KTGA). The Kenya Tea Development Agency is the majority shareholder representing over 450,000 small scale tea farmers spread all over the country. These farmers own over 60 tea processing factories countrywide and produce over 60% of Kenyan Tea. Other major shareholders include Brooke Bond Kenya Limited (Unilever Tea) among others who together own 38 tea processing factories and produce about 40% of the tea produced in Kenya.
MAISHA WATER LAUNCH
Tea processor, Ketepa got into the crowded bottled water market with the launch of its own brand, Maisha, aiming to open a new revenue stream that will enable it to withstand rising turbulence in the global commodities market. “We have acquired purifying and distilling technology to set up the new business line and hope to use the existing packaging and distribution infrastructure to drive the business,” said Ketepa managing director,
KETEPA BECOMES ONE OF KTDA SUBSIDIARY
The Kenya Tea Development Agency is the majority shareholder representing over 450,000 small scale tea farmers spread all over the country. These farmers own over 60 Tea Processing Factories countrywide and produce over 60% of all the Kenyan Tea.
KETEPA MARKET FOCUS
KETEPA is a Kenyan-owned company that sources teas for blending and packaging for local and export markets. The Company also processes and bottles cold beverages for the Kenyan market. The current objective is to increase the returns to shareholders through increased sales of high quality, hygienically packed value added tea in the local and export markets and diversifying into other products. Export opportunities especially in the developed world where prices of tea are not as important as the quality are areas of interest for the Company.