Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Argentina Harvest Underway

MISIONES, Argentina Argentina’s tea harvest began in November with good rains and will continue until April when the Northern Hemisphere first harvests its tea. The country is the largest supplier of tea to the U.S. market, exporting 54 million kilos in 2016. This is about 70 percent of the 78 million kilos of mainly...

3 Retail Trends That Will Temper Tea Sales in 2018

In-store sales growth in 2018 will be significantly impacted by declines in store traffic at malls (a development that doomed Teavana retail and will slow and possibly slay other tea merchants). Here are three developments that will cast a shadow over sales in 2018. Reduced Mall Traffic No one buys tea at Sears, Macy’s,...

What Google Searches Tell Us About Tea Trends

Google uses search engine queries to research trends. In 2017 several top beverage queries by country (US-UK-Spain and Mexico) involve tea, according to the Think With Google Beverage Trends Report 2017. Across the four markets, process-based drinks such as “cold brew,” “infusions” and “raw” are prominent among the top Google trending beverage searches, according...

Tea Trends Flowing into 2018

Several 2018 beverage trends bode well for the tea business. Five of every $25 spent dining out is for beverages. Beverage servings increasingly are non-alcoholic. Millennials, now the largest cadre of consumers, favor tea. Sales of loose leaf tea in 2017 grew in volume and value. “The tea category is very well positioned for...

Millennia Tea Loses TV Show Investor

An offer of $100,000 for a 20 percent share of Canada-based Millennia Tea was withdrawn before Thursday’s airing of Dragons’ Den on Canada’s CBC TV. During the program, which was taped in April and aired Nov. 16, Jim Treliving (net worth $640 million) offered to invest $100,000 in Tracy and Rory Bell’s pioneering flash-frozen...

Tea Board of India Faces Uncertain Future

KOLKATA, India In decades past the Tea Board of India wielded regulatory powers and marketing might that have since ebbed to ineffective. During the Tea Association of India’s annual meeting this month Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah, tea board chair in mid-term told The Times of India: “I will, in all probability, be the last chairman...

Striking Workers in Kenya Hasten Likelihood of Automation

Kenya’s vast tea gardens are ideal for automation but with only four in 10 employed and a government mandate to add 1 million jobs, any effort to replace pluckers with machines is politically unpopular. A three-week strike that cost large-scale growers an estimated $3.9 million may tip the balance, according to industry executives. Kenya’s...

Millennia Tea On Dragons’ Den

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island Millennia Tea founders Tracy and Rory Bell first auditioned to appear on the popular Dragons’ Den TV series in March, months before they had brought their flash-frozen tea to market. The audition took place on Prince Edward Island, a small province that borders the couple’s home province of New Brunswick...

Tata Tries Its Hand at Standalone Tea Retail

BENGALURU, India Tata Global Beverages will open four pilot cafes that may well prove the future of large-scale tea retail is in the tea lands. Starbucks rather quickly abandoned its large format Teavana tea cafes, and more recently announced it will close all 379 of its Teavana standalone shops. Meanwhile tea giants Unilever and...

Kenya Tea Strike Continues Despite Court Ruling

Government officials are urging striking tea workers to resume the harvest. Talks between the Kenya Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union (KPAWU) and the Kenya Tea Growers’ Association (KTGA) are stalled, preventing 60,000 unionized workers from resuming work, mainly at large plantations. The strike, which Kenya’s courts have since ruled illegal, began Oct. 17. Workers...