The Tetley Group, owned by Indian tea manufacturer Tata Tea, has acquired a 33% stake in South African tea company Joekels Tea Packers.

Joekels is the third largest player in the South African tea market and as part of the deal will have a licence to sell Tetley branded products in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Ken Pringle, executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Tetley Group, said: “This acquisition is yet another development in our plan to grow the Tata Group's tea business around the world.”