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NEWS: Birendra Perera of Mlesna Teas to Exhibit, Present and Sponsor Tea Panels and Workshops at SIAL Canada

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posted Monday Apr 22, 2019 07:15 PM

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Gail Gastelu

Owner/Publisher, The Tea House Times

About Gail Gastelu

GAIL GASTELU is owner/publisher of The Tea House Times, producer of continuing education and online tea etiquette certification. She is also producer and presenter of Tea Course Fast Track and produces numerous other products and services to connect businesses and consumers to everything tea. Gail lives in NJ with her husband and two children. Her motto is "Just Do It!"

Sri Lanka - 2019 April - Meet Birendra "Jopy" Perera at SIAL Canada taking place in Toronto, Canada from April 30 to May 2, 2019.  A famous, professional, tea taster, he grew up in a family business through which he engrained or “infused” himself in the art of selecting and tasting the finest teas of Sri Lanka.  

During SIAL Canada, you may find Mr. Perera in the Euro-Scan Exports / Mlesna booth under SLTB Pavilion #2403 or presenting and sponsoring many wonderful tea focused events at SIAL. On April 30 he will present a professional tea tasting/cupping workshop at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Inspire Drink program. Mlesna Teas will make an appearance at a tea and cheese pairing workshop April 30 at noon. On the same day at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Perera will take part in a panel discussion led by Gail Gastelu of The Tea House Times (USA) in the main conference presentation room, entitled: Tea as a Specialty, Profitable, and Innovative Beverage.  On May 1 at 10:30 a.m. you may delight in a tea and chocolate pairing workshop co-presented by Mr. Perera with tea sponsored by Mlesna.

As a director of Mlesna Group, Birendra leads the marketing and export of tea; actively participates in the procurement of tea at public auctions; procures unique flavours and ingredients; and expertly carries out daily tea tasting and blending activities ensuring all Mlesna products match their tagline, “Naturally the best!” since 1983; a family tradition of producing specialized tea products for connoisseurs the world over.

Sharing his expertise of tea and international marketing within niche markets, Birendra has worked with major universities; is a regular presenter at the Mel’s Tea Academy of Sri Lanka; and works closely with the Colombo Tea Traders Association and the Sri Lanka Tea Board on promotion, authenticity and the global marketing of Pure Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka.

It is a rare and wonderful opportunity to be able to meet Mr. Perera in North America at SIAL Canada.  Mlesna Tea booth will be located alongside the Sri Lanka Tea Board booth with other participating Ceylon tea companies from Sri Lanka. Register to attend at   Get your pass with code: SPEAKER19

For more information about Mlesna Teas, please visit

To learn more about Mr. Perera and his insight into the tea industry, watch this fantastic interview which took place in 2015 and remains very relevant today.

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