Owned by Wessanen UK, the organic and Fairtrade tea brand has signed a three-year agreement with the airline via its caterer, Gate Group.
The deal will see six organic teas from Clipper’s portfolio available to more than 90m passengers across 1,900 flights each day in 33 countries in Europe annually from October. The six variants are English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Peppermint, Lemon & Ginger, Redbush and Pure Green.
The teas will also be served in cups made from plants not plastic, that are fully compostable, made from sustainably-sourced card and lined with plant-based polylactic acid.
Clipper Teas was the UK’s first Fairtrade tea brand and is now the world’s largest buyer of Fairtrade tea.
Rebecca Vercoe, Clipper Teas brand controller at Wessanen UK, said: “Clipper has a strong heritage, commitment to ethical sourcing, and only uses the finest, natural ingredients to make a great-tasting cup of tea. These qualities are standing out during the tender process and helping us to create new partnerships in the foodservice sector. EasyJet were looking for an ethical tea company that could deliver great-tasting tea – a description that fits Clipper perfectly.
“We are thrilled to be supplying easyJet and look forward to seeing Clipper’s Fairtrade tea served in the skies for the first time.”
In April, Wessanen pledged to remove all traces of plastic from its teabags following trials at the company. During the same month, the business also appointed Cristina Ramsay as its new technical and corporate social responsibility director, with a focus on supplier assurance and food safety, legality and quality.