Ajiri Tea, founded by Sara Holby ’08 (left) and her mother, Ann (right), continues to rack up honors. Ajiri won The Buyer’s Choice Award for black tea at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas at the end of June, followed closely by a sofi Award for Innovation in Packaging from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) at the Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., on Monday. The sofi (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation) is recognized as the “highest honor in the specialty food industry,” according to NASFT. In February, Ajiri took home top Black Tea honors at the 2011 North American Tea Championship, and was recognized with the 2010 Best New Product Award for Packaging at the World Tea Expo last fall.
Through the Ajiri Foundation, all income from Ajiri Tea returns to Kenya, where the packaging is hand made by Kisii village women, to educate HIV/Aids orphans there.