Producer Profiles

ROYAL - Royal for Herbs (Ottoman Group)

Royal Ottoman is a company with a history in tea production and packaging dating back to the nineteenth century. Ottoman was founded in 1906 in the city of Apotik, Egypt. The name of the town, which is in Upper Egypt, comes from the Pharaonic name “Potik,” which means "warehouse of medicines and herbs."

Royal for Herbs was eventually founded in 1985 as an affiliate to the Ottoman Group Company meant to take over the production of medicinal herbs and herbal teas. Traditional knowledge from many nearby tea-planting villages combined with state-of-the-art machinery allows for the production of high quality tea. Royal controls all phases associated with the production process, from farming to processing and packaging the end product. The company guarantees high quality, consistent terms and punctual delivery.

The Royal farms are located 45 km southwest of Cairo in an agricultural area of the Shabramant region. The population is primarily involved in small-scale farming of vegetables. Over the last 23 years, Royal has bought or contracted farms in this region, providing residents from neighboring areas with new work opportunities. The company seeks to enhance its workers’ living conditions by increasing the literacy rate, providing access to education and trainings and funding high quality medical care.

Today, Royal sells its products in the European, Middle Eastern and American markets. Royal for Herbs has been Fair Trade Certified™ since 2006, and a large number of its farms are certified organic.


Computer Education Center

The center offers computer education using Microsoft Certified and International Computer Driving License (ICDL) approved course ware. The service is offered to employees as well as their families.

Calves Breeding Farm

This project's main objective is to offer meat for Royal employees and their families with reduced prices. An increase in meat prices has became a serious problem facing all Egyptians from all social classes, and the Calves Farm will be a rational solution to that problem. The project is currently in the implementation phase and to be fully completed soon.

Clothing Workshop

The premium has helped facilitate a workshop for sewing and clothing. Facilities and tools are available for prospective tailors and sewers. This workshop even offers uniforms for the Royal Factory at market prices.

Literacy Program

Royal offers employees the opportunity to improve their ability to read and write and start a new era in their lives as educated, literate community members.