Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Tea Production Continues Steady Climb as Exports Slide

There was much less tea sailing the high seas last year than could be found in local market stalls. Production continued its steady growth in 2016 with a continuous upward climb dating back to 1996, based on statistics compiled by the International Tea Committee (ITC).  In 1996 ITC tallied global production at 2,654 million...

Ancient Northern Tea Road Under Consideration as Heritage Site

SHANXI, China China is pursuing recognition of the ancient northern tea road as a United Nations World Heritage site. The 13,000 kilometer Sino-Russian Tea Road started in eastern China, traversed the steppes of Mongolia and ended in St. Petersburg, Russia linking more than 200 cities. Trade routes to the orient expanded in the 17th...

EU Awards Grant to Scottish Tea Growers

Nine farmers in the British Isles, experiencing renewed interest in locally grown tea, successfully collaborated in seeking European rural development funds last month. The Tea Gardens of Scotland Group representing growers in Angus, Fife, and Perthshire Scotland were awarded £49,500 ($65,000) last month to meet the challenge of farming the crop in the chilly northern...

ITI Collaborates with Kenya Tea Directorate

MOMBASA, Kenya Opening the world’s largest tea auction to offerings of purple, green, and orthodox tea will have a direct impact on the availability of African teas in the U.S. International Tea Importers (ITI) in Los Angeles is working with the Kenya Tea Directorate to oversee exports of purple tea to the U.S. “We...

Planter Will Chair India Tea Board

KOLKATA, India The Government of India broke with tradition last week and named the first tea planter to chair the India Tea Board. In announcing the appointment, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry stated that the executive powers formerly held by the chair will be transferred to an executive deputy chairman, a position that...

Tea Prices: Specialty Up, Commodity Down

The World Bank forecasts a 6 percent overall decline in commodity beverage prices globally as supply outpaces demand but specialty tea continues to defy economic gravity. The World Bank’s annual Commodity Markets Review places tea, coffee, and cacao in a beverage category where coffee shows the greatest volatility. Tea has experienced very little price...

Mixes Make Turmeric Milk Lattes Easy

Ancient and imbued with healing powers complementary to tea, turmeric is a root spice experiencing strong growth globally in beverages and cosmetics. Turmeric (curcuma longa) is an herbaceous perennial in the ginger family (zingiberaceae) that tastes peppery and has a lingering, somewhat bitter finish that can be successfully blended into a pleasant and nutritious drink, often...

Soda Loses Market Share to Tea

Tea is an important segment in the wave of refreshment beverages that for the first time has surpassed carbonated soft drinks by volume. “The U.S. liquid refreshment beverage market grew more quickly in 2016 than in 2015, which in turn saw acceleration over 2014’s growth,” according to New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). “The...

Tea Shines at the Coffee Show

SEATTLE, Wash. Specialty tea sales at coffee shops number billions now and baristas embrace the fact that consumers view specialty beverages as a taste continuum that is no longer segmented into coffee or tea. The Global Specialty Coffee Expo, hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association, drew several thousand attendees to its three-day conference last...

Teforia Partners with Yamamotoyama

Teforia this week announced a partnership that will pair Japan’s venerable Yamamotoyama teas with the company’s intelligent tea infuser. Yamamotoyama, a family-owned business founded in 1690, produces world-renowned premium green teas that will now be available in the tea portfolio at Teforia.com. Two hundred and seventy nine years ago the fabled company was the...