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Our Method

At S&D, we work tirelessly to offer the best tea products, created from the best blends, which come from the best leaves. Our experts select quality teas and import directly from the source.

We then blend our teas to create the perfect combination of clarity, color, flavor and aroma.

Tea Procurement

infog_tea_procSelecting and acquiring the finest teas is essential for providing the best quality teas for you and your customers. S&D inventories over 40 varietals of tea covering all of the major growing regions and providing unlimited sensory profiles.

Tours of our farms ensure compliance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) — allowing us to see for ourselves that fair wages, health and safety, and other important issues are being enforced for plantation workers. This is part of our corporate responsibility and we take it seriously.

Tea Blending

Our blends are designed to enhance qualities in the components — in other words, capitalize on the strengths of each tea.

Though selection and quality tea sources are vitally important, blending is the pivotal point in the process that maintains the consistency of our flavor profiles. Our blends are designed to enhance qualities in the components — in other words, capitalize on the strengths of each tea.

That’s why every individual tea variety is cupped four times. We cup an approval sample before the tea is even shipped to our facility. Once it arrives at our local warehouses, we cup a second sample. The third cupping happens when the tea makes its way to the manufacturing area, ensuring that the tea has stored well. And finally, the tea is cupped after blending to evaluate the final product.

Tea Solutions

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

our team is hard at work applying our 60 years of tea experience — sourcing directly from farms and perfecting unique blends to create outstanding fresh brewed iced tea.

As the largest foodservice iced tea supplier in the U.S., S&D is on the leading edge of delivering fresh brewed taste prepared from choice tea leaves. With the popularity of tea at an all-time high in the U.S. market, our team is hard at work applying our 60 years of tea experience — sourcing directly from farms and perfecting unique blends to create outstanding fresh brewed iced tea.

Since fresh brewed iced tea is one of the highest margin products you can offer, selling iced tea is a great way to increase your profits. We can help ensure quality and flavor with our patented square brew baskets and corresponding square tea bags. S&D has the technology and expertise to fill your customers’ glasses with refreshing tea that’s deliciously fresh brewed.

Liquid Tea Concentrate

When demand is unpredictable and inconsistent, serving fresh brewed iced tea may be impossible. Liquid tea concentrates deliver the simple preparation you need to serve customers on demand — providing the choice and quality they have come to expect from you. These concentrates offer convenience, cost savings and efficiency over traditional brewed tea.

Hot Tea

S&D offers a range of hot tea products to meet your customers’ diverse tastes. Our own individual tea bags of orange pekoe and pekoe black tea come in both regular and decaf, serving as an excellent standard.

We also understand that your customers have come to expect a broad offering of herbal, fruit and traditional teas. That’s why, in addition to our own premium hot teas, we provide nearly 20 varieties of Bigelow® and Revolution® hot teas in a range of flavors to round out your menu of assortments and offerings, and to give your customers maximum selection.

Sparkling Tea

An innovative approach to iced tea is a combination of our Teafinity Natural Brewed Iced Tea™ concentrate combined with sparkling (carbonated) water. This combination creates a crisp refreshing beverage. Sparkling iced tea appeals to a broad spectrum of customers. It is versatile and easy to serve.

Iced Blended Tea Beverages

S&D has the perfect solution — allowing you to deliver authentic, premium beverages without a professional barista.

More and more consumers are ordering iced blended tea beverages than ever before — but even without a professional barista on staff, you can still meet this growing demand with S&D’s authentic, premium beverage solutions.

Our easy-to-build iced blended tea beverages utilize specially selected extracts and take less than a minute to prepare with just the touch of a button. They’re convenient for both kitchen staff and servers, plus ideal for drive-through and high-traffic locations.

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