Liverpool’s Typhoo Tea factory at Moreton is to star in the hit BBC Two series ‘Inside The Factory’ for the second time, showing how it has risen to the challenge of keeping supplies in full flow throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Monday (June 15th) millions of viewers will watch presenter Gregg Wallace catch up remotely with some of the Typhoo workers he interviewed when he visited the site 3 years ago.
Viewers of ‘Inside The Factory, Keeping Britain Going’ will see how demand for tea – and Typhoo in particular – has risen sharply during the coronavirus outbreak, with Typhoo increasing production from 81 million tea bags to a mind-blowing 109 million, per week!
Throughout the hour-long episode, Gregg looks back over the entire tea production process, which previously saw fellow presenter Cherry Healey travelling to Kenya to watch the tea crop being picked, processed and shipped over 4,000 miles to Liverpool, before learning how to make the very best brew.
In a series of video calls, Gregg catches up with Blending Manager Dave Langton, who reassures him that despite some media reports of tea shortages the nation can rest easy: Typhoo has several months’ worth of tea supplies and is keeping a close eye on the situation!
Operations Manager Danny McGrail highlights some of the social distancing practices now in place and tells how Typhoo has supplied 72 million tea bags for government shield packages issued to vulnerable people self-isolating at home.
In the Dispatch area, Danny explains how Typhoo is now delivering direct to supermarkets rather than via distribution centres, to guarantee tea is getting on shelf as quickly and safely as possible.
Des Kingsley, Typhoo Tea CEO, said the company was delighted to share with the nation how it had risen to all the challenges posed by COVID-19.
“We know from the first programme that the nation is fascinated by the tea production process. I’m sure people will appreciate the lengths we have gone to in recent weeks, changing processes and intruding new health and safety measures to ensure the nation’s tea drinkers can still enjoy a regular cuppa during these most challenging times.”
The final word is left to Gregg Wallace when tells viewers ‘In times of crisis, where would we be without a cup of tea?’