Author Archives: Dan Bolton

California Tea and Herbal Announces VelociTea Brewer

TEMECULA, Calif. Diane Walden, an expert blender, retailer and tea wholesaler is determined to pick up the pace when it comes to making good tea by shaving hours off cold brew methods and minutes when making tea lattes. Walden, who invented the VelociTeaTM brewer with her husband Vern, says, “We developed the brewer because...

Global Tree Survey Shows Several Tea Species Threatened

Wild tea is as vulnerable to the vagaries of man and nature as any flowering tree. It may appear prolific, with hundreds of millions of cultivated plants producing billions of kilos annually, but researchers report two of the world’s tea species could soon be extinct. Plants go extinct with some frequency but a “Red...

The Secret to Single-Serve Success

Making good tea is an open secret. “Good tea in a bag, everybody can do it. Yet it’s often not done,” says Eliot Jordan, vice president of tea at Mighty Leaf Tea Company, in San Rafael, Calif. As Mighty Leaf’s tea master, Jordan is responsible for sourcing, blending, and developing teas. He was instrumental...

Grocers See Tea as a Glass Half Full in 2017

Viewed from the beverage aisle and the grocer’s cold case, liquid tea is on a tear. In 2017 it topped the list of fastest-growing center store categories for the second year in a row. In the 52 weeks ending Nov. 25, sales of liquid tea climbed 18.9 percent on volume growth of 25.2 percent,...

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Online Sourcing Presents Challenges in Tea Industry

Identifying reliable tea suppliers involves time-consuming trial and error. It is risky, costly, and absolutely essential to success in the tea business. Retailers generally rely on wholesalers to do the heavy lifting involved in sourcing but pay a price for the service while suffering a lost opportunity to precisely tailor their offerings to the...

Darjeeling Rebounds: What’s Next

DARJEELING, West Bengal Darjeeling, at 175 years of age, once again demonstrated its resilience this year. Yield plummeted in the months after several hundred thousand workers took a 104-day break beginning in mid-June. The walkout, never officially declared a strike, drained the profitability from India’s most lucrative producing region. Street violence following the uprising...

Upheaval Marks 2017 Black CTC Exports

Global demand for tea shows no sign of abating in 2018, but there is evidence of significant upheaval in the export market for black tea. Erratic weather is to blame for seasonal variances, but so too is the emerging consumer preference for green tea and herbals. Seizures for adulteration and a random beetle also...

Lawsuit Alleges Bigelow Tea Engages in False Marketing

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a lawsuit against R.C. Bigelow asking the court to issue an order that stops Bigelow from “false marketing” following the discovery of glyphosate in store-bought samples of the company’s classic green tea. The Richman Law Group, on behalf of the OCA, alleges Bigelow misrepresented its “all natural” tea...

Investors Back Garden Fresh Tea Delivery Service

Growers are learning they can skip a few links in the traditional supply chain to deliver fresher tea, a development accelerated by venture capital. Once or twice a year TechCrunch, the technology blog headquartered near San Francisco, reports on Silicon Valley investments in tea. The latest is a $1.4 million Series A round in...

Investors Put $7 Million More into Teabox Subscription Service

SILIGURI, India Five-year-old Teabox is now selling 250 varieties of tea sourced directly from 100 growers. The monthly subscription service has provided 100,000 customers in 110 countries with 40 million cups of tea, making it a formidable player in the specialty category. Last week the company received $7 million in Series B funding led...