Author Archives: Dan Bolton

India Grades Its Tea Gardens

In July 2016, the Tea Board of India announced it would rank each of the country’s 1,421 registered tea gardens for quality agricultural practices, replantation, infrastructure, and working conditions. The resulting grades were published recently and the 87 gardens that constitute the Darjeeling Geographical Indicator (GI) did not fare well, garnering only one “A”...

Joel Silver New CEO at DAVIDsTEA

MONTREAL, Quebec Joel Silver, a former president of Indigo Books & Music, is the new chief executive officer at DAVIDsTEA, North America’s second-largest specialty tea chain with 234 shops. He is the company’s fourth chief executive, following Sylvain Toutant, who resigned in October to pursue personal interests. Silver began work Monday. Maurice Tousson, chairman...

Sugary Drink Taxes Gaining Momentum

Taxes on sugary drinks that met with opposition in decades past are gaining favor. In 2014 Berkeley, California, led the movement to impose a “sugary beverage tax” and was followed by San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Cook County, Illinois. Seattle will consider imposing a 2-cents-per ounce tax this month. When it comes to raising taxes,...

Nestle and Coca-Cola to End Nestea Joint Venture

Sixteen years ago Coca-Cola and Nestlé (Nestea) formed Beverage Partners Worldwide, a partnership to market bottled tea. The market segment was dominated by the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership (PLTP), a joint venture of (Lipton) and PepsiCo established in 1991. Lipton remains the U.S. market leader with a retail value share of 13%. However, virtually...

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

U.S. RTD Green Tea to Reach $3.5 Billion

Green tea is a fast-growth segment in all formats but ready-to-drink will account for the greatest value, volume, and profitability for the five years ahead, according to market researcher Technavio. London-based Technavio estimates the U.S. market for green tea, including organic green tea, in bottles and cans will reach $3.515 billion by 2021. The...

Insight: U.S. Organic Tea Imports

The volume of tea imports has declined since 2013 following a sharp rise, dropping in 2016 to a figure below the five year average – but the declared value of tea imports continues to increase. The Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Foreign Agriculture Service) tracks tea (except...

Call for Mombasa to “Rethink” Automated Auction

When purchased in large quantities, tea is generally acquired at auction centers around the world. Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka all maintain auction centers close to where the tea is produced. These global auction centers (there are 14) account for the sale of virtually all the cut, tear, curl (CTC) manufactured and much of...

Iran’s Domestic Tea Production Climbs 60%

Domestic tea production is reinvigorated in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest tea market by volume and one of the top tea importers in the Middle East. During the long difficult period under sanctions, the nation’s tea factories fell into disrepair. Land use permits to grow tea on at least 7,000 hectares of  land  in Gilan...

Darjeeling: Flushed with Concern

In the world of tea, Darjeeling is unique – and so are its troubles. The high mountain terrain kissed with mist and bathed in strong ultraviolet light has produced remarkable, aromatic teas since 1850. The season begins in March when first-flush leaves are plucked. This small harvest accounts for 35% of an estimated $69...