Author Archives: Dan Bolton

Guardians of Specialty Tea Quality

The G.S. Haly Company, America’s oldest continuously operating specialty tea importer, is admired for value delivered, not promises made. The company is fiercely proud of maintaining authenticity in traditional tea standards. “These standards were entrusted to The G.S. Haly Company 127 years ago and it has been my responsibility to preserve and pass on...

India Sets 5% GST for Tea

Tea will be taxed at 5 percent as India finalized rates for its inaugural goods and services tax (GST) effective July 1. Rates were set last week for more than 500 services and 1,200 categories of goods following 10 years of negotiations. The intent is to streamline the existing tax structure and capture more...

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...