Winning an award for your tea product one time is nice, consistently winning awards is the sign of sustainable quality. For S&D Coffee and Tea, winning iced tea awards has become a regular event. The latest recognition recently came when the World Tea Expo organization awarded S&D teas two first prizes, and a Best Value in the 2013 North American Tea Championship (held each year in Las Vegas).
The first-prize awards to S&D included: Foodservice Sweetened and Unsweetened for Teafinity Natural Brewed Iced Tea in Bag-in-Box. Additionally, S&D Coffee & Tea was awarded the Best Value award for S&D Quality Blend Iced Tea.
To choose the award-winning recipients of the North American Tea Championship, a judging panel of professional cuppers assessed each submission through blind organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: flavor, body, color, clarity, and balance. The ratings of each characteristic were then used to calculate an overall numerical value on a 100-point scale, and winners were determined by rank.
Joe Doyle, Director of Tea Procurement and Tea Products for S&D Coffee & Tea recognized the value of the awards and the effort that went into making them happen.
“We are always appreciative of any awards we win,” Doyle says. “It means we are on the right track to make the best possible teas. We were up against very strong competition. Many thanks to the World Tea Expo for recognizing us again and I also would like to thank our employees in the S&D Tea Division who work so hard to put out such a great product.”
Teafinity Natural Brewed Iced Tea was created by S&D in response to a need from restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, and other institutions to have a high volume of great tasting iced tea served on demand without the labor required to brew and clean equipment.
S&D Coffee & Tea Inc. is one of the nation’s largest custom roaster and the largest blender of Iced Tea for the Foodservice Industry. In continuous operation since 1927, S&D Coffee & Tea serves over 80,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. S&D Coffee & Tea has been distinguished for supplier excellence by many of the largest retailers and consumers of coffee and iced tea including McDonald’s and the U.S. Military. In 2010, S&D added a state-of-the-art Food Innovations and Ingredients production unit which extracts the flavors of coffee, tea, and botanicals for use in iced coffee, shakes, ice cream and frozen desserts, energy drinks, and other packaged and dispensed products.