Your specialty tea brand's partner, from garden to cup
QTrade is passionate about enabling specialty tea brands deliver some of the world's most unique and complex flavors and aromas to their customers. Each sip of specialty tea is a trip to the land of its origin, offering the taste of seasons and gardens from all over the world.
A fast-growing enthusiasm for this richness in a cup is creating a modern global renaissance in tea, with consumers eager for innovation. They demand on-trend, natural and organic ingredients, in innovative blends and flavors. QTrade is a leading contract manufacturing partner, enabling the industry's biggest brands to deliver these experiences to a demanding market.
Started in 1994 by a former tea grower with over 50 years of experience, QTrade is North America's largest organic and specialty tea supplier. It has deep expertise formed at the garden level, and a multi-country sourcing network, with relationships built over several decades. Based near Los Angeles, California, QTrade offers on-shore facilities and services that meet GFSI standards, with organic and validated-sustainable supply chains. These include Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Ethical Tea Partnership certified sources.
QTrade works with clients ranging from promising start-ups to the world's largest multinational beverage brands in the hot, iced, and bottled tea segments. QTrade partners don't merely receive a portfolio of services, they gain an expert external tea department for their brand.
QTrade is passionate about converting natural ingredients into sensory experiences that customers crave. Its a culture of innovation, and deep sourcing connections, enable rapid development of supply chains to support innovative formulations.
Building a successful recipe goes beyond simply developing a creative fusion of appearance, aroma, and flavor. QTrade's multi-award-winning product-development team uses a carefully considered three-dimensional approach to formulations. The team builds the critical commercial backbone every recipe needs: an appropriate supply chain, a rigorous quality profile, and a pricing structure that will support a safe, regulated, profitable, and scalable product for brands.
QTrade offers innovative and functional products and services that meet all of a brand's day-part and channel needs.
QTrade's origins were on a tropical tea plantation over 30 years ago, founded by an industry veteran who knows tea from the ground up. QTrade understands terroir, and knows how to optimize an ingredient at the garden level to get the precise taste and quality a market demands.
This intimate knowledge allows partnerships with suppliers whose quality-control and scalability perfectly match a recipe's needs. Also, QTrade has long-standing relationships with innovative and well-established flavor houses, and can source an array of natural and organic flavors.
QTrade offers the unique combination of multi-country garden expertise and a deep understanding of the North American specialty tea market.
Unlike much of its competition, QTrade is based in the US, near Los Angeles, California. An on-shore manufacturing facility means QTrade is flexible and accessible, offers quick lead times, and meets US food-safety standards. It does not use third-party manufacturers.
QTrade offers on-shore toll and turn-key manufacturing solutions, and provides multiple packaging formats.
QTrade actively participates in industry and beverage industry trade shows. Recent and upcoming events:
Jan 19: UC Davis—Global Tea Initiative 2nd Annual Colloquium, Davis, California
Jan 22-24: Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show, San Francisco
Mar 10-12: Natural Products Expo West 2017, booth 3320, Anaheim, California
Mar 23-25: National Coffee Association Convention, Austin, Texas
Apr 20-23: Global Specialty Coffee Expo (SCAA), Seattle
May 11: Lincoln International's Consumer Conference, San Francisco
Jun 12-15: World Tea Expo 2017, booth 1109, Las Vegas
Aug 17-21: HKTDC Food Expo 2017, booth 5C-D18, Hong Kong
Aug 27-29: Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo 2017, booth FTE2040b, Los Angeles
Aug 31–Sep 2: Expo Café, booth 619, Mexico City
Sep 12-14: 8th Annual North American Tea Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona
Sep 25-30: 7th International Tea Conference, Enshi, Yichang, China
Jan 21-23, 2018: Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show, San Francisco
Jun 12-14, 2018: World Tea Expo 2018, booth 701, Las Vegas
Mar 7-11, 2018: Natural Products Expo West 2018, booth 2322, Anaheim, California