Author Archives: World Tea News

The Booming Tea Industry in the United States

The popularity of tea continues to rapidly grow in the United States. Though it is common knowledge that tea has long been widely consumed in countries such as China and India, it is not commonly known that the U.S. ranks third in the world for the amount of tea it imports, while Russia and...

Top Beverage Packaging Trends

Lighter plastic and aluminum packaging to lower transportation expense and increased automation are important trends for beverage companies. Retail sales of functional drinks, including ready-to-drink tea, increased more than 30 percent from 2005 to 2015, according to Technavio, a London-based market research firm. Functional drinks include energy drinks, RTD tea and coffee, sports drinks,...

Penton Rebrands and Enhances the “North American Tea Championship” as the “Global Tea Championship”

Changes Reflect Growth for the Championship, As Well As One of the Fastest-Growing Beverage Categories in the World Penton, parent company of World Tea Expo, World Tea Academy, and World Tea News, has rebranded and enhanced the North American Tea Championship as the Global Tea Championship. The Championship is an independent competition that evaluates...

Gourmia Single-Button Brewer

Loose leaf at the push of a button inspired makers of capsule brewers to include teas in their K-Cup lineups but sales slumped in 2016 due in part to the temperamental nature of specialty tea. In response, several manufacturers have incorporated brewing vessels that fully immerse tea leaves regardless of size and style. Countertop...

Vancouver’s TWG Tea Palace

By Scott Fagerstrom Tuxedo-clad men and women in glamorous finery lined up to pose with Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. Waiters elbowed their way through the thick crowds, careful not to spill the tea cocktails—specially created for this occasion—balanced atop elegant silver trays.  On the street outside, people not lucky enough to win an invitation...

From Tech to Tea

By Janis Hashe It might seem a long way from an optical communications network to a classically styled teashop in Mountain View, Calif., but for former JDS Uniphase production manager Stephen Chien and his wife and partner Ann, it’s a dream come true. The Chiens, originally from Taiwan, immigrated in 1980, initially to Minnesota, then to California’s Silicon Valley...

Technavio Ranks Top Herbal Tea Vendors

Adagio Teas, Associated British Foods (ABF), Dilmah Tea, ITO EN, Tata Global Beverages, and Unilever top the list of global herbal tea vendors, according to market analysis conducted by Technavio. Other prominent vendors in the market include Alvita, Barry’s Tea, Bigelow Tea, Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, Celestial Seasonings, Harney & Sons, Mighty Leaf...

Penton’s North American Tea Championship Names 15 Winners During Evaluation of Hot Loose-Leaf Teas from Spring Harvest 2016

Some of the Winning Teas Will Be Featured at World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, June 13–15, 2017 Fifteen high-quality teas were awarded first-place prizes in several categories during the North American Tea Championship’s (NATC) evaluation of spring-harvest 2016 hot teas. The competition, held Sept. 15–16, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev., was hosted by...

World Tea Expo 2017 Call for Speakers

Share Your Tea-Related Insights and Help Businesses Become More Successful and Profitable World Tea Expo is accepting speaker proposals for its 2017 event in Las Vegas, June 13–15, 2017. The deadline to submit proposals is Oct. 7, 2016. Submit session proposals here Potential speakers should have extensive knowledge and experience in tea and in...