March 28, 2019

Dilmah renews as a Worldchefs Premium Partner

Paris, France · 28 March 2019: Dilmah renews as a Worldchefs Premium Partner

Worldchefs is pleased to announce a renewed partnership with Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, a Sri Lankan family tea company and valued Worldchefs Premium Partner since 2008. 

A pioneer in single origin tea and sustainable innovation, Dilmah is an example of a company with sincere values and commitment. Founded by Merrill J. Fernando in 1974, Dilmah holds true to its belief that “business is a matter of human service.” Their profits fund the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation, providing humanitarian and conservation projects in Sri Lanka. Today, the MJF Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in Sri Lanka and has changed the lives of thousands. 

With revenue from Dilmah’s global sales, Dilmah Conservation implements environmental protection, education, and habitat restoration projects. A remarkable model for sustainable initiative in the corporate sector, their commitment to the environment extends beyond the service of Dilmah Conservation. Early this year, the company announced complete carbon neutral status for all Dilmah products following the installation of two mini-hydropower stations on their tea estates. 

Recognizing his tremendous convictions and contributions to the community at large, Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Worldchefs Congress. A leader in corporate responsibility and social justice, he has fostered in his company a continued dedication to integrity in business.

Dilmah has a market presence in over one hundred countries, with several lines of artisanal handpicked teas and herbal infusions. They seek to inspire a passion for tea amongst hospitality professionals, aficionados, and consumers alike by cultivating a respect for tea and its rich cultural heritage. 

Worldchefs President, Thomas Gugler, writes: “Our organizations share a commitment to bettering the world, not just for our own communities, but for all. Worldchefs takes pride in its partnership with Dilmah, and is grateful both for their support of chefs, and for their contributions to a healthier planet.” 

For more information on Dilmah and their products, visit
To learn more about Dilmah Conservation, visit
To learn more about the MJF Foundation, visit

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