Typhoo appoints Clipper Teas co-founder as chairman

By Gwen Ridler

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Mike Brehme has been appointed chairman of Typhoo Tea
Mike Brehme has been appointed chairman of Typhoo Tea

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Typhoo Tea has appointed former Clipper Teas chief executive Mike Brehme as its new chairman.

The co-founder of Clipper Teas led the company to become reportedly the UK’s first Fairtrade tea company and the world’s largest producer of Fairtrade tea.  

Brehme has also spent time in a number of advisory roles across the food and drink industry and director for Nature Works Brands and non-executive director of Spanish food company Brindisa. 

Des Kingsley, chief executive of Typhoo Tea, said: “Mike is as passionate about tea as we are. His depth of experience and knowledge of our category have already proven extremely beneficial. 

‘Successful international brand’ 

“We have a renewed focus on our brands at Typhoo Tea. Mike’s experience of creating and nurturing an incredibly successful international brand, without forgetting the importance of people and the planet, will be invaluable to our plans.” 

Brehme joins the business following a restructure in 2021 that saw Zetland Capital, a London based Private Equity firm, become a majority shareholder and Abercross expand its shareholding. 

In December that same year, Typhoo announced the appointment of Rocío Ortiz as Responsible Sourcing Manager and the engagement of Lesley Western as Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant. 

‘National treasure’ 

Commenting on his appointment, Brehme added: I am delighted and excited to be joining one of Britain’s best loved tea brands. Typhoo has been making tea since 1903, it is a national treasure and an integral part of what makes Great Britain a nation of tea lovers. 

“As a nation we are now drinking a much wider range of teas and infusions. The expertise and passion within Typhoo Tea for its brands like Typhoo and Heath & Heather infusions will soon be transforming the market and adding an OO’ to every brew, whatever your taste.” 

Meanwhile, plant-based milk brand Mighty has appointed Marcus Pattison as its finance and operations director.​ 

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