In 1837, two brothers, Joseph and Edward Tetley started to sell tea and became such a success that they set up as tea merchants. In 1856, in partnership with Joseph Ackland, they set up "Joseph Tetley & Company, Wholesale Tea Dealers". In the 1880s they began to sell tea to the United States of America, and started to bring ideas back; one of these was the tea bag.
Since the 1960s Tetley has continued to develop people’s love of tea drinking by introducing innovative and exciting ideas in many different countries. In 1989 the round tea bag was launched, latching on to the fashion to drink tea in a mug, rather than a cup. Next came the Drawstring ‘No drip, no mess’ tea bag