Happy Birthday Arthur Brooke

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On October 30th, 172 years ago, Arthur Brooke was born. Can’t quite remember Arthr Brooke? He founded Brooke Bond Tea, which went on to create PG Tips Tea. Today, PG Tips is England’s number 1 tea.

Brooke was born on Oct 30 1845 in Ashton-Under-Lyne (located outside of Manchester) in England. He lived to be 72 and died on April 13, 1918. When he died at 49, his passion became a way of life. Countless words of joy have transpired among those who sip PG Tips. So when you heart needs opening, or your spirit exhilarating, why not reach for a cup of PG Tips.

Actually, there was no such person as Brooke Bond. Arthur Brooke chose the name partly because he thought it sounded sophisticated.

In 1869, tea dealer, Arthur Brooke, opened his first shop in Manchester, England, where he sold tea, coffee and sugar. Brooke’s early slogan was “good tea unites good company, exhilarates the spirits, opens the heart, banishes restraint from conversation and promote happiest purposes of social intercourse.” Arthur Brooke had so intertwined tea and British life that his company continued to prosper even after his death in 1918.

In 1930, PG Tips, sold only as loose tea, is one of the United Kingdom’s top brands. The tea is still made in Manchester, England. The British drink an astonishing 150 million cups a tea daily. Thirty-five million of these cups are PG Tips tea, which Britons love, is at the center of the United Kingdom. After exchanging pleasantries upon a visit to the friend, the dialog continues with, “would you like a cup of tea.” The tea bag was invented in 1908 when American tea importer Thomas Sullivan sent some samples of tins tea in tiny silk bags.

In 2004, PG Tips decaf was launched. In Scotland, a blend of PG called Scottish Blend was designed for the soft waters of Scotland. In 2005, PG Tips celebrated its 75th anniversary. As an entrepreneur, Arthur Brooks was simply following his passion when be opened his tea shop.

Planning a visit to Manchester, England? If you are nearby, you may want to visit the life-size bronze statue of Arthur Brooke, the founder of PG Tips Tea. If you look carefully at the picture, you can see he is holding a teapot in one hand, a cup of tea in the other while standing on a chest of tea.

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