Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

Wildlife Conservation in India’s Tea Gardens

One of the world’s largest animals, the majestic elephant holds a dear place in most people’s hearts. However, a stressed elephant can kill a human with one strike of its trunk, a fact known only too well by India’s tea plantation workers, where conflict between humans and elephants is rife. Although elephants are still...

Ten Ren Soars in Hong Kong

Bubble tea maker Ten Ren’s parent company B&S International Holdings’ stocks surged 298 percent in its debut on the Hong Kong IPO market last week, making it the city’s strongest mainboard debut in two years. Initial shares sold for HK$1 and closed at HK$3.98, earning kudos for the company as the most oversubscribed among...

Sainsbury’s Not Playing Fair with its Red Label Tea, Say Critics

British grocery chain Sainsbury’s is in hot water after online advertisements for its “Fairly Traded” tea were deemed too similar to the Fairtrade Foundation program by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). A group of Labor Members of Parliament complained to the advertising standards watchdog that the ads were misleading as they suggested to customers...

British Supermarket Chain Developing Plastic-Free Tea Bags

Britain’s Co-op Food grocery retail chain, a long-time supporter of Fairtrade, renewable energy, and higher animal welfare standards, announced it is developing a plastic-free tea bag. The fully biodegradable paper tea bag will eliminate the use of polypropylene, which is widespread in tea bags as a seal. Co-op’s Chief Executive, Jo Whitfield, said that the...

Nepali Tea Gets New Trademark

After more than 150 years of tea production, Nepal is to get its own logo, or trademark, for its orthodox tea. The trademark will be unveiled in late March at the country’s third International Tea Festival. It is a result of considerable efforts of the Nepal Tea and Coffee Development Board under the Ministry...

Cheese Tea is Having a Moment

It’s been popular in Asia for a while, but now cheese tea has made its way Stateside and is lighting up people’s Instagram feeds. “Cheese tea is a social-media sensation,” according to Yahoo, in a January 2018 story. Yahoo reports that the popular drink is having a “major moment,” as fans of the trendy...

Celebrity Endorsement Turns New Yorkers onto Tea

All Mariah wanted for New Year’s was tea, and now the rest of New York has caught on. Tea sales have spiked in the city since Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest where she told viewers, “I just want to take a sip of...

Starbucks’ Teavana Wellness Blends

Throughout history, tea has been lauded for its medicinal properties. Not just a pick-me-up, tea has been cited as helpful for everything from digestion to its anticancer properties. Today’s health-conscious consumers are not only curious about the wide varieties of tea, but are actively seeking out tonics or remedies for their ills and general...