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UHE Exports

An esteemed group poised for exponential growth joins our platform

SL@100 is proud to have onboarded UHE Exports as one of its portfolio companies. UHE was among the 7 chosen candidates out of the 37 applicants that applied to join our platform in September 2020. We are confident of the groundbreaking potential we can unlock in UHE Exports through collaborative efforts.

Halpe Tea: A premium brand – UHE Exports Private Limited, is an exporter of premium Ceylon tea to several countries and to local institutional clients. UHE’s Managing Director—Eranda Aberathana, launched the export arm of Halpe Tea over 7 years ago, and is now looking to expand its international footprint into new emerging markets showing optimism and demand for premium Ceylon tea.

Patented bio-degradable tea bags – Halpe tea, its local arm holds an industrial patent for a biodegradable teabag made of tea leaves and has won numerous awards, the Most Innovative Exporter of the Year in 2016 and the National Business Excellence Award in 2018. UHE is also a participant of the Ethical Tea Partnership, Organic and Fairtrade Organizations.

A 5-decade history – Founder Mr. A. P. D. Abeyrathne, acknowledged his commitment to tea in 1971 when he acquired the Uva Greenland Tea estate. Since then, Halpe Tea, a family business of manufacturing Ceylon tea developed to join the ranks of a quality Ceylon tea manufacturer.

A flavour for every palate -UHE provides a range of traditional and organic Black and Green teas from all regions of Sri Lanka alongside a variety of fruit tea, herbal tea, flavored tea, infusions, white tea, and much more.

Diversified ventures: continued investments into the leisure sector – UHE Group offers a diversified range of services and products for their worldwide clientele. Having begun in 1971 with tea manufacturing, the Group owns and operates three tea estates island-wide; Uva Halpewatte Estates Ltd., Uva Greenland Estate Ltd., and Uva Halpe Estate Plantations Ltd.

The Group has since then expanded to set up UHE exports – the arm that exports Halpe premium tea, as well as UHE Leisure Ltd. The latter operates several award-winning properties around Sri Lanka; signature hotel 98 Acres Resort and Spa in Ella and boutique hotel chain ‘The Secret Hotels’ present in Kandy, and Ella. It recently celebrated the launch of its Adrenaline & Adventure Tourism series in Ella with the Flying Ravana Adventure Park – South Asia’s second-longest Zipline at approximately 550 meters long; 4wd Quad Bike/ATV adrenaline rides across the natural trails of Ella’s mountain-side; abseiling, along with a host of exciting adventure activities catering to the experiential travellers frequenting the region, in 2020.

Growth Multiplier: Given that it is in its early stages of development, we at SL@100 are confident that it has absolute potential to outdo historic performance.

“Given the nature of the pandemic several SBUs of our organization have been limited from performing at full potential. Understanding this change and restructuring the business for future growth has been a vital part that we experienced with SL@100 platform. As a professional body, they have been very efficient in carrying out various studies around each department to get a holistic view of our organization and performance. Their recommendations and outcomes of these studies have allowed us to realign our core focus in optimising exports and achieving our long-term company goals, regardless of the implications of the pandemic. We are now geared towards enhancing organizational performance while getting maximum support of SL@100 to discover new and emerging markets around the world to export our premium Ceylon Tea.” Eranda Aberathana, Managing Director