Author Archives: Dan Bolton

This Home Brewer is Built to Do it All

Kickstarter is the birthplace of many devices, clever ideas all, but littered in the aftermath are many tales in which donors funded a product only to see it fail to materialize. That is why some viewed with skepticism the launch last week of PicoBrew’s combination craft beer maker that brews kombucha and makes juice...

Nestle-Starbucks Alliance Brings Mutual Benefits

Brands get all the attention, but distribution is the formidable skeleton that enables food and beverage titans such as Nestlé ($90 billion), PepsiCo ($63 billion), Coca-Cola ($42 billion) and Kraft Heinz ($26 billion) to generate $25 to $100 billion in annual sales. Last week Nestlé announced it had purchased perpetual rights to market Starbucks...

Tea Growth in Specialty Grocery

Americans overwhelmingly buy their tea where they shop for food. Only 7 percent report buying packaged tea in tea houses and coffee shops. Specialty tea is a very appealing category in niche food markets, explains Janis H. Grover, a marketing, new product development and sales professional presenting at this year’s World Tea Expo. “Retailers...

Tea Consumption Second Only to Packaged Water

DUBAI, UAE Huzaifa Nalwala has a natural affinity for numbers and a passion for tea. Combined, they make this senior research consultant one of the more informed experts on global consumption. Last week Nalwala, who works for ManSci Professional Services, presented an in-depth dive into what the world drinks. His presentation was one of...

Tea Industry Association Set to Launch This Summer

This summer the World of Tea blog will evolve to become the American Specialty Tea Alliance (ASTA), according to founder Tony Gebely. “There has long been a need for an industry association that specifically focuses on and supports the growth of the specialty tea industry in America,” Gebely said. Inspired by the Specialty Coffee...

India Tea Board Helps Finance Small Tea Factories

The Tea Board of India, noting the fact that some 60 percent of tea there is produced by smallholders, is offering to subsidize construction. The factories cost about INRs2.5 million ($38,000) and can process about 500 kilos of tea per day (25,000 kilos of fresh leaf). The Tea Board will subsidize 40 percent of...

Q & A With Shabnam Weber, Tea and Herbal Association of Canada

  Shabnam Weber is the newly appointed president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada (THAC). Before accepting the position, she resigned from her role as president and chief executive of Tea Emporium, a tea retail and wholesale company she cofounded in 2000. Weber served the past decade as a director of the...

Flat Prices Provoke Critics of India’s Tea Auctions

Darjeeling cut-tea-curl (CTC) is again filling auction warehouses and last week a green tea set an all-time high price at the Coonoor auction in South India, but all is not well with India’s auctions. India’s largest tea producers are chafing under a rule that 50 percent of the nation’s manufactured tea must be publicly...

Follow the Leaders: Online Tea Stores

Tea was mail-ordered for more than a century. Minimal weight and high margins (up to 70 percent) made it very popular in the early days of the internet. But industry signals are mixed on its future. Last fall Teavana closed its profitable online store (shortly after Starbucks closed its online store for coffee). At...

Festival Builds Momentum for Nepal Tea Trade

KATHMANDU, Nepal Nepal signed several national initiatives last week that will further open the landlocked nation to trade. These include a new rail line linking Kathmandu to India, opening inland waterways essential to moving bulk products, and normalizing cross-border commerce. The third Nepal International Tea Festival concluded Sunday with a boost in momentum for...