History

Finlays originated in Glasgow in 1750 as a trader and manufacturer of cotton. The company established direct trading links with India in 1816 and China in 1817. During the second half of the 19th century, representatives were sent to India to plant tea. From this point, Finlays started to play a leading role in the development of the global tea industry.

In 1893 the business began its journey investing within Sri Lanka, initially entering the shipping business in Ceylon by taking over an agency of steamers. In 1894 the company began operating in Insurance Services and that same year embarked on its journey into tea within Sri Lanka, which today puts Finlays as a major producer and supplier of Ceylon tea to the global markets.

During the 1920s, the company expanded its tea business into Africa, establishing estates and production facilities which continue to form a major part of our business today. Finlays pioneered instant tea research, development and production in the 1960s, when the industry was still in its infancy.

Towards the end of the 20th century, our cotton interests were replaced by financial services, onshore and offshore oil services, and a wide range of other businesses. By the early 1990s, however, we had reverted to concentrating on tea and tea-related activities and we are today, an international company, principally focused on tea. As contemporary drinking patterns change and the enormous potential of tea as a healthy ingredient in other products is developed, we are at the forefront of producing and marketing tea extracts and aromas in addition to more traditional forms of processing. This is highlighted by significant recent investments in China, Kenya and the USA.

Finlays have also expanded our various non-tea businesses, principally around coffee, which has included the purchase of Autocrat in 2014, a coffee extraction business in North America. Finlays has also made sizeable investments in state-of-the-art cold store facilities in Colombo.

Finlays now has a unique and integrated global footprint in the beverage industry. We own and operate tea estates, extraction facilities for tea, coffee and plant extracts, packing facilities and R&D labs across four continents.

Evolution of Identity

Our brand is one of our most important assets. It is the means by which we manage our reputation. It is what we want people to think and feel about us, the emotional connection we make with our customers and employees, as well as the level of quality and trust that we provide.

 

1750

Since 1750

Over the years as Finlays has grown and evolved, so has its logo.

1950

1950

Each logo iteration was seen at the time as a logical step in the process of change and development within Finlays.

1960

1960

Created when the Company was still based in Scotland, the thistle reflected our then heritage, personality and values. These stem from our rich history and passion for producing responsible, innovative and sustainable products.

1998

Introduced in 1998

The ‘leaf’ symbol is derived from our historic tea leaf equity; an important part of our heritage and is the business that has been most influential in terms of our evolution, our ways of working, our values and our personality.

2007

2007

In 2007 the leaf graphic was evolved to reflect the broader values and personality of our group of businesses, demonstrating naturalness as well as our ability to develop and grow.

Today

Today

Our most recent logo evolution shines a light on our history. Our rich past and tradition is fundamental to what we are today and we are proud of our heritage and passionate about our future.