Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Strong Spring Production Slumps in Summer

Tea production in the major producing countries through the 12 months ending in May was comparable to the June 2015-to-May 2016 period, but cumulative totals do not account for wide variations by country. India had an outstanding spring with 1.063 million metric tons harvested in the northern regions and 226,960 metric tons (mt) in...

Nepali Tea Growers Fill Darjeeling Void

As the price of Darjeeling tea quadrupled and with the tea in short supply, Nepal has sent as much as 2.5 million kilos of tea across its southern border in the past few weeks. To reduce the cost of acquiring tea for blending, India has a free trade agreement with Nepal. This means gardens...

Gorkha in Darjeeling Agree to Discussions Ending Tea Strike

DELHI, India On Monday Gorkha leaders of a two-month strike that has shut down the tea industry in Darjeeling showed the first signs of reducing tensions by agreeing to talks scheduled for Aug. 29 in Nabanna. Kalyan Dewan, a leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and head of the co-ordination committee representing striking...

Veteran Launches Kickstarter Campaign for His Tea Company

Tea grown in war-torn countries such as Rwanda and Sri Lanka, Burma and Vietnam offers hope for smallholders rebuilding their countries and personal lives. Brandon Friedman is a soldier and founder of Rakkasan Tea, a startup that will import tea from “carefully selected small estates in post-conflict countries to promote peace and economic growth.”...

Tata Global Beverages Reaffirms Commitment to Tea

Tata Global Beverages, (TGB) one of the world’s largest beverage suppliers, has reaffirmed its confidence in the tea segment following a strategic review. Company executives said they will cast off unproductive units in favor of boosting tea initiatives in Asia, beginning with China. TGB recently introduced its first bottled green teas for the Indian...

A New Mandate for Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Leaders of the global tea community attending the Colombo International Tea Convention last week heard a reasoned and pragmatic assessment of the way forward by Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The occasion was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of a tea industry that has grown to...

Sri Lanka Celebrates the Future of Tea

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Instead of immersing themselves in the accomplishments of the past 150 years, Sri Lanka’s tea industry shared its vision of a bright future. Led by the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) the year-long festivities culminated last week in an International Tea Conference, the Ceylon Tea Festival, a successful exposition and media...

Talks May Quiet Darjeeling Unrest

Talks with organizers of a Darjeeling uprising that has halted tea production in Darjeeling since June 15 may begin soon. Government officials are now open to meeting with a coordinating committee representing several Gorkha groups seeking statehood. Mamata Banerjee, chief minister in West Bengal, previously refused to meet until the strike, nearing two months,...

Purple Tea Ready for Prime Time

Purple signals the presence of anthocyanins in tea leaves, a type of antioxidant praised for its health benefits. Purple may also turn out to be profitable for tea retailers seeking to upsell health-conscious consumers who favor its taste over that of grassy green tea.  U.S. and Canadian wholesalers imported approximately 10 metric tons of...

Darjeeling Tea Stocks Soon Depleted

Stocks of freshly processed Darjeeling are nearly exhausted. Private sales continue through next week but larger quantities needed to sustain the largest brands will soon vanish from auction. The Darjeeling Tea Association reports that for the first time in 156 years there will be no tea to sell at next week’s auction. Prices for...