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Dan Bolton

About Dan Bolton

Dan Bolton edits STiR Tea & Coffee Industry International. He was formerly editor and publisher of World Tea News and former editor and publisher of Tea Magazine and former editor-in-chief of Specialty Coffee Retailer. He is a beverage retail consultant and frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. His work has appeared in many beverage publications. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years prior to his career in magazines. Dan is the founding editor of Natural Food magazine and has led six publishing ventures since 1995. He lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

India’s Tea Board Explores Expanding Tea Auction

In bygone days, all the tea grown in India was sold either at local markets or at auction houses (initially in London and later, beginning in 1861, in Kolkata). Growers privately sold small quantities direct but buyers seeking large quantities bought all their tea at auction. Tea back then was almost entirely from tea...

Fickle Weather Gave India Strong Finish

Indian tea growers somehow managed to resist wind, rain, and heat to beat last year’s totals for tea production by 2.5%. Now that December figures have been tallied, tea production was reported at 1,239.15 million kilos (mkg) for the calendar year, exceeding 2015 by 30.5 mkg. The totals insure India will remain the world’s...

Obituary: Ann-Marie (Brouder) Leeming

LEDBURY, Herefordshire Dr. Ann-Marie Brouder, a leader in the global sustainability movement, died this month. Ann-Marie was the principal sustainability advisor at Forum for the Future, a London nonprofit that identifies and supports initiatives in biofuels, agriculture, and food. Her research and the Tea 2030 initiative brought her into contact with many tea professionals...

Indonesia Transforming Trade

Neighboring Malaysia is Indonesia’s largest tea trading partner and growing while exports to the United States have declined in recent years. The country is struggling in a weak global market to shift its offering from low-priced raw teas to more valuable processed and certified teas for export. In 2008, nearly 100% of Indonesian tea...

Mindful Eating Tops Dieting in Survey

Dieting poses problems for dietitians but a course of “mindful eating” can motivate consumers to eat healthily. The fourth annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” survey by Today’s Dietitian and Pollock Communications showed a decline in consumers’ interest in dieting. “Instead, results showed that many consumers are choosing clean (59%) and mindful eating (49%) to...

Tea Workers Circulate Petition on International Tea Day

International Tea Day, celebrated on Dec. 15, was instituted in 2005 in New Delhi to raise awareness of the circumstances and challenges faced by tea workers around the world. The initial concern was protecting the rights of workers at large tea estates in the major tea producing nations: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam,...

Tea Sommelier App

The Australian Tea Masters has launched a tea sommelier app designed as the ultimate quick-resource tool for enthusiasts and tea professionals. The $5.49 app is the work of Sharyn Johnston, founder of the Australian Tea Masters, a well-respected tea sommelier, and author of the 289-page Tea Sommelier Book, a training manual that offers Australian,...

Climate Impacts Food Security for Tea Smallholders

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a strong advocate for smallholders globally, is warning of serious impacts due to climate change in its latest report on the state of global agriculture. The FAO promotes tea cultivation as an important source of revenue on land that does not crowd out food...

Ruling Halts Overtime

Twenty states that objected to new federal overtime rules were granted their wish Tuesday when a judge prevented the U.S. Department of Labor from requiring businesses to pay time-and-a-half to employees who worked more than 40 hours a week and earned less than $47,476 per year. The rules would have applied to an estimated...

Qi Aerista Smart Brewer Funded

Rick Ha and Karen Wan brought their prototype smart brewer to World Tea Expo last June as one of the final steps prior to launching a crowd-funding campaign. They were delighted that the Qi Aerista Smart Tea Maker was named a finalist in both Innovation and the Brewing Gear categories because of its app-controlled...