Your specialty tea brand's partner, from garden to cup
QTrade is passionate about specialty tea, a product that engages all the senses, and offers unique flavors. Each sip is a trip to the land of its origin, offering the taste of seasons and gardens from all over the world.
The same enthusiasm for experiences in a cup is fueling tea consumers globally. They demand on-trend, natural and organic ingredients, and innovative blends and flavors. QTrade is a leading contract manufacturing partner to help specialty tea brands deliver these experiences to a fast-growing and demanding market.
Started in 1994 by a former tea grower, QTrade is North America's largest organic and specialty tea supplier. It has deep tea expertise, and a multi-country sourcing network, with relationships built over several decades. Based near Los Angeles, QTrade offers on-shore facilities and services that meet organic and sustainable standards, including Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Ethical Tea Partnership.
QTrade works with clients ranging from promising start-ups to the world's largest multinational beverage brands. Partner with QTrade and gain an expert external tea department.
QTrade is passionate about converting natural ingredients into sensory experiences that customers crave. It has a culture of innovation, and its deep sourcing connections allow quick response to the market.
Building a successful recipe goes beyond simply finding 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 that 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.
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 also knows how to optimize a garden factory's processes to get the taste and quality the market demands.
This intimate knowledge allows partnerships, not just with the suppliers who have the best products, but ones whose scale and investment best suit a recipe's demands. 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 right here 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