Solaris Botanicals' western-style teas have been selling well in Germany, Italy and the UK but the company is now aiming at a much larger market i.e. China.
The prospect of exporting tea to the Chinese marketplace, where tea originated, is quite an amazing and exciting one for Solaris Botanicals.
Solaris is expecting a visit early next year from representatives of a Chinese group which owns 800 tea stores.
The tea-makers were recently named as best start-up for 2013 in the National Enterprise Awards,
The tea company began in 2008 in Knocknacarra, Galway and currently employs a staff of seven and has in the region of 100 products, with ranges of whole leaf organic loose tea, whole leaf organics tea in silk tea bags and herbal teas.
"We are now at the third stage of negotiations; we have sent samples and are cautiously optimistic that this will result in a trial order. It will be a major PR coup if we can sell tea to China," company founder and director Joerg Mueller told the Irish Examiner.