Clipper sold to health food chain

CoffeeClipper, which generates £16 million-a-year from the sale of organic and Fairtrade tea and coffee, has been snapped up by a leading health brand.

The Dorset business - started in 1984 by husband and wife Mike and Lorraine Brehme with two chests of Assam tea - is to be integrated into the UK business of Wessanen, best known for organic brands such as Kallo and Whole Earth.
Clipper, which was the first tea to be awarded Fairtrade status in 1994, sells goods in 50 countries, including through grocery chains and health food stores.

Its founders left the business in 2008 when they secured a multi-million pound windfall from its sale to FF&P Private Equity, reportedly for a figure close to £30 million.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Patrick Cairns, Wessanen's chief executive in the UK, said there was "huge growth potential" for Clipper domestically and overseas.

He added: "We very much admire what the team at Clipper have achieved and want to build on this, invest in the brand and manufacturing capability."

Clipper employs around 90 people at its factory in Beaminster, Dorset.
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