2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Congratulations Manik Jayakumar!

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the World Tea Conference + Expo's decision, particularly because QTrade Teas, the company that I founded, is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year as well.”

Manik Jayakumar on being chosen for the Life Time Achievement Award

Every year, World Tea Conference + Expo awards a tea industry leader with the ‘John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award’ for their unique contributions to advancing the business of tea. The John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award was formerly called The Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award and then re-named in 2015 to recognize the legacy of Harney & Sons’ Founder John Harney, who passed away in 2014. Harney was one of tea industry’s most respected professionals – and a previous Cha Jing Lifetime Achievement Award recipient – who helped demonstrate the commercial appeal of sophisticated specialty blends. During his lifetime, Harney earned the respect of traditional and specialty tea vendors worldwide as both a business executive and master blender. The award, in remembrance of Harney, is a community celebration in honor of tea pioneers who helped fuel the market and shape the tea industry of today.

“I am thankful for the specialty tea community that has nurtured us for the past 25 years. I am lucky to be surrounded by dedicated colleagues at QTrade, and long standing clients and vendors, whose passion and commitment has made this industry a pleasure to work in.”

Manik Jayakumar, founder of QTrade Teas & Herbs, has been chosen as this year’s recipient of The John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award and will be recognized for his significant support of the tea industry’s growth, innovation and education. He will receive the honor during the World Tea Awards Ceremony program at World Tea Expo from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11.

Jayakumar is a tea professional with more than 55 years of experience in every segment of the industry, including growing and managing tea plantations, blending and packaging tea, and trading tea globally. He’s a pioneer and expert on organic cultivation and specialty teas, and he also designed and implemented large-scale social development initiatives in the plantation sector and championed the inclusion of these efforts in the marketing of tea in North America.

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