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As pioneers in the tea sector we are proud to be part of the heritage of this traditional industry in Myanmar, and to also champion its development and modernisation over the years.

Myanmar Tea Leaf Company, founded in 2019, has a rich history in the tea industry dating back to 1984 first as a retail outlet LaKabar, and then later as Shan Shwe Taung. Operating under our corporate brand, Myanmar Tea Leaf, we proudly represent three product brands: Shan Shwe Taung (1984), Organic Paline (2016), and Lwal Paline (2020). Myanmar Tea Leaf was founded by the second generation, Myo Win Aung, who assumed leadership from his father in 2013. He and his wife, Khin Ye Yupar Aye, took over the family business in the same year.

At Myanmar Tea Leaf, we take immense pride in our pioneering achievements. In 2016, we became the first organic fermented tea company in Myanmar to be certified by the EU and USDA. During the same year, we achieved another significant milestone by becoming the first Myanmar Fermented Tea company to export its products to the US, Korea, Taiwan, the UK, Malaysia, and Singapore. Our commitment to quality and sustainability is reinforced through our tea farms in the Southern Shan State and our contract farming initiatives.

In 2016, we established the first-ever organic tea training centre spanning 77 acres, marking our dedication to fostering knowledge and best practices. Two years later, in 2018, we launched the Fermented Tea Contract Farming Project in Ywangan, Southern Shan State – a first in Myanmar. It involves the active participation of over 250 farmers from four villages, imparting training in organic farming methods.

Among our array of offerings, ‘Shu-Shae,’ a snack introduced in 2001, became a leading product within a year of its debut and now holds 80% of the market share in Myanmar. Our founders bring a wealth of experience to the table. Myo Win Aung has held key positions within the Myanmar Tea Leaf Company for the past two decades, making him the driving force as the second-generation leader in the tea industry. Khin Ye Yupar Aye, on the other hand, not only serves as an Analog Forest Practitioner at MTLC but also holds a professional tea specialist certification from the US. Furthermore, both of them possess engineering backgrounds, adding depth and expertise to their business endeavours. At Myanmar Tea Leaf Company, we are devoted to crafting exceptional teas and promoting Myanmar’s rich tea heritage worldwide.

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