Camellia warns after Africa sex claims

An Aim-listed agricultural and haulage group has said that it faces allegations of serious assault and sexual misconduct against its staff in Africa. Camellia revealed the allegations as it warned that profits would be lower than expected because of sinking tea prices, hurricane damage in the Caribbean and a high tax bill. Camellia, based in Maidstone, Kent, is valued at GBP230 million and is involved in growing tea, avocados, macadamia nuts and pineapples, as well as operating in the forestry and beef production sectors.

It also makes wine and operates a trucking business in Britain. It employs 78,000 people worldwide. Employees in two of its African subsidiaries are facing allegations of assault, harassment and sexual misconduct.

The company said that it had “received notification of…