The Salada Tea Company was founded by Peter C.
Larkin at the beginning of the twentieth century.
His innovative packages assured consistent, high
quality products with the introduction of handy foil
packages. Prior to this packaging innovation, tea
was sold out of chests in loose form and tea
drinkers could not be sure of freshness or quality.
A Salada brochure of the 1920's read: "There
are mixed into every blend of Salada Tea, teas from
as many as 30 different gardens. In this way a blend
is produced that is always consistent in flavor.
Larkin's recognition of the need for prepackaged tea
set the packaging trend for the entire tea industry
and Salada's tea business quickly expanded in the
Northeast United States and in Canada.
The popularity of Salada Teas in the
U. S. led to the establishment of U. S. Headquarters
and a blending and packaging plant in Boston,
Massachusetts in 1917. Larkin constructed his new
headquarters in the Back Bay area of Boston and
commissioned the magnificent bronze doors that mark
the entrance to the Salada Tea Building. The doors
depict the early history of the tea trade as well as
Larkin's commitment to quality. Over 12 feet tall and
weighing more than two tons, the doors still stand
proudly at 330 Stuart Street in Boston.
Salada first introduced its tea in
tea bags in the 1930's to provide an easy way to brew
a single cup of tea. Originally, the bags were made of
fabric similar to gauze and were sewn closed. For
convenient removal of the teabag, one end of a string
was attached to the bag and the other to a paper tag,
which remained outside the cup and could be grasped
easily to avoid the hot steeping tea. To add an
additional twist, Salada subsequently printed a few
words of wit or wisdom on each tea tag beginning in
the early 1960's. These tidbits were intended to
provoke a smile or a thought while the tea drinker
paused with a cup of Salada tea. Through the years,
Salada tag lines have become a memorable part of
Salada Tea, and tea drinkers still appreciate this
Salada has been marketing both black and green (and
now white) tea in the United States for more than
100 years. Salada's considerable experience and
expertise in green tea has made Salada a leader in
the green tea marketplace.
Salada is well known for its great tasting beverages
that are part of a healthy lifestyle. Green, White,
and Black teas continue to set the bar for
innovative flavors that strengthen Salada’s
integrity as a reliable tea company with 100+ years