In the Spotlight: How does a vintage tea brand fight climate change as well as keep up with the times?
Published on 23 Nov, 2022

The 1872 Clipper Tea is Singapore’s oldest tea producer, blender and retailer.

The heritage brand, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is renowned for its commitment to delivering the finest teas from all corners of the world.

In the Spotlight on Prime Time, Bharati Jagdish speaks with its fifth gen leader, Rehan Amarasuriya, Director of The 1872 Clipper Tea Co. and Executive Director of B.P de Silva Holdings on how are they keep that legacy alive, the challenges they face with climate change and of course, what’s next?

Produced and edited by Anthea Ng (

Highlights from the conversation:

02:25: The challenges Rehan faced taking over the business as the tea industry continues to evolve

05:16: Standing up against the coffee and bubble tea culture 

07:01: Surpassing the competition from other tea brands that have entered the local market

09:36: Ensuring transparency in the supply chain as ESG concerns become more prominent among consumers

13:37: Ways the tea industry can sequester carbon dioxide and mitigate climate change