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Nepali tea producer soaks up new interest from Europe

Company can capitalize as unrest halts production in rival Darjeeling

Kamal Raj Mainali, right, an organic orthodox tea producer in Nepal, expects to gain more buyers from Europe. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

KATHMANDU -- The political unrest halting tea production since June in India's Darjeeling region has European buyers looking toward Himalayan Shangri-La Tea Producers, a company in neighboring Nepal.

"French and British tea buyers have visited us to seek alternative sourcing of orthodox tea," Kamal Raj Mainali, director of Himalayan Shangri-La Tea Producers, told the Nikkei Asian Review. The company is Nepal's largest organic orthodox tea producer.

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