MTI provides strategic advice for Bangladeshi tea brand in UK expansion

22 September 2018

Niche Bangladeshi tea brand Teatulia has retained MTI Consulting for strategic direction as it embarks on a UK expansion push, extending a partnership which has spanned for more than 15 years.

In what began as a social initiative to empower impoverished Bangladeshi communities, the fast-growing organic tea brand Teatulia has celebrated a milestone with the launch of its first tea bar in the UK. To mark the occasion, it was announced that the Sri Lankan-born boutique advisory MTI Consulting had been retained by Teatulia as its eyes further UK expansion, continuing a relationship that has flourished for more than a decade and a half.

“We are very excited about the launch of Teatulia Tea Bar in London and our future expansion plans across the UK,” Teatulia’s Director Kazi Anis Ahmed said at the launch ceremony, where he was joined by MTI Consulting CEO Hilmy Cader and other members of the MTI team. “We believe this is an opportune time to involve MTI Consulting, with whom we have a successful working relationship spanning over 15 years.”

Teatulia – presumably a play on the Portuguese term tertulia, an informal social gathering for intellectual discussion in a café-like setting – was established in 2000 with the idea on bringing Bangladeshi tea to greater attention and providing support to disadvantaged local communities through job creation, with the brand’s range of teas sourced solely from its own sustainable farm in the north of the country. Today, the tea farm employs over 600 workers.MTI provides strategic consulting for Bangladeshi tea brand in UK expansionWith an initial boon from landing a stocking deal with Harrords in London in 2011, and a successful expansion into the US in 2005, Teatulia has now embarked on the next phase of its journey with the launch of its first UK tea bar close to London’s iconic Covent Garden – with further expansion plans in store. To help to chart that course, and provide implementation support, Teatulia has extended its relationship with MTI. 

Cader, who founded MTI in 1997 in Sri Lanka and Bahrain, (with the consulting firm having since extended its activities to more than 40 countries) said of announcement; “The UK tea market is currently experiencing drastic changes with increasing demand for herbal and organic teas and the rapid decline of traditional teas. MTI will assist Teatulia UK and Tea Bar to identify and capture these opportunities to position them as a premium organic tea brand in the UK.”

Speaking at an earlier presentation in the US, Teatulia’s Director Kazi Anis Ahmed (who also serves as the Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Teatulia parent the Gemcon Group), said; “We have been working with MTI Consulting for the last 15 years and as always, we are very pleased with the outcome of this project. Organic tea is one of the fastest growing food and beverage market segments in the world. In order to capitalise on the increasing opportunities, we have sought MTI’s expertise and advisory.”

Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop shipping corridor across Mexico

19 April 2019

Singapore-headquartered urban and infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong has been appointed as a master-planner for the Interoceanic Corridor project in Mexico.

At 40 kilometers wide and 300 long, Mexico’s slated $150 million Interoceanic Corridor will dissect the country’s Tehuantepec isthmus to connect its Atlantic and Pacific coasts – with the aim of facilitating trade and fast-tracking local economic growth. Now, the project has a new and far more distant connection, with the involvement of Singaporean-headquartered infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.

Striking a deal with the Mexican state governments of Veracruz and Oaxaca, Surbana Jurong will develop a strategic plan for the Interoceanic Corridor as well as provide master planning on two associated special economic zones, in what the rapidly growing firm states is a significant milestone in its international aspirations – which over the past few years have already seen its presence grow to 130-plus offices in more than 40 countries.

“We are privileged to be appointed as master planners for the Interoceanic Corridor project. Surbana Jurong has a strong track record, having delivered master plans for projects in over 30 countries and are pleased to contribute our expertise towards Mexico’s development success,” said Surbana Jurong Group CEO Wong Heang Fine on helping to unlock the region’s economic potential.Surbana Jurong strikes deal to develop interoceanic corridor across MexicoAccording to the firm, the agreement will see Surbana Jurong perform a detailed review of the Interoceanic Corridor including its broad socio-economic benefits to the region and potential growth industrial clusters, with the strategic plan comprising of recommendations on market positioning and development directions, proposals for utilities and services infrastructure, and zoning plans to identify land use distribution along the corridor.

In addition, the firm will devise the master plan for two economic development areas along the Interoceanic Corridor in the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca, guiding the physical development of the two industrial sites through planning of land use, infrastructure, utilities and transportation – with the aim of “creating a conducive environment for investment and providing a quality living environment for the people that live and work there.”

“We are pleased to see the partnership continue to make progress since we started this conversation a few years ago,” said Khor Aik Lam, Latin America Regional Group Director of Enterprise Singapore, which helped facilitate the deal. “The strong commitment and joint efforts from all parties have culminated in this milestone venture to bring Singapore’s economic development capabilities to Mexico.”

Connecting the ports of Salinas Cruz on the Pacific coast and Coatzacoalcos on the Atlantic, the local Interoceanic Corridor is one of a number of proposed or under development cross-continental shipping routes to rival the Panama Canal, including routes across Guatemala and Nicaragua – with the contemporary race harking back to the 19th Century when a number of American industry and shipping titans fought to be the first.