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  The tea industry in Sri Lanka consists of a number of players including manufacturers, exporters, and retailers of tea. The industry consists of three main groups – producers, brokers and exporters. The producers are in fact the ones who actually manufacture tea, and are made up of persons involved at plantation and factory level. Brokers are the middlemen who play a vital role in this industry, as they liase between the producers and buyers in the industry, and conduct marketing for the plantations and factories. The buyer/exporters consist of a large number of companies both local and international.