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Mackwoods was founded in 1841 by British Ship’s Captain William Mackwood, and has the distinction of being the second oldest Mercantile Firm in Sri Lanka, and has a 178 year heritage in Sri Lanka. The name Mackwoods is synonymous with the finest Ceylon Tea, as Mackwoods has been associated with tea since its inception. Mackwoods is also one of the oldest members of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, since 1847.
The Company remained with successive generations of the Mackwoods family until 1956, when a visionary Sri Lankan entrepreneur, Mr. N. S.O. Mendis, was the first Sri Lankan to acquire a British Company with plantation interests. The family tradition at Mackwoods continued with his daughter Mrs. Sriyani Nonis, Chairperson of the Mackwoods Group, who was the only Sri Lankan female to head a plantation company.
Mrs. Sriyani Nonis steered the company’s investments in human capital and the community, process engineering and modernisation, sustainable development and diversification initiatives.
Mackwoods today are purveyors of Fine, Single Estate, Unblended, Loose Leaf Teas, produced garden-fresh from some of Sri Lanka's finest tea estates, backed by our 178 year old heritage. We believe many things differentiate us from others, in particular the core values and 178 year heritage of our company, and our strong tradition of looking outwards to the community we serve, the Nation as a whole, and our global partners. We have established a reputation for quality, through sincere effort, resilience, intelligent direction and skilful execution, and we constantly strive to maintain and enhance this across all of our international operations.