Author Archives: Sam Molineaux

Lipton Launches Organic Black Tea

A decade after the British tea company became the first to commit to sourcing all of its tea in a sustainable manner, Unilever-owned Lipton has announced its first organic line of black tea. The Rainforest Alliance Certified black tea leaves, sourced from the Kenyan Highlands, adhere to USDA Organic standards. “We’re thrilled to bring...

Yumchaa’s Blue Voodoo Magic is Healthy Tea with a Twist

Move over green tea, there’s a new healthy blend in town and its name is blue. Yumchaa’s Blue Voodoo Magic—touted for its healthy immune-system-boosting ingredients such as goji berries, lemongrass, pomegranate flowers, and curiously, green tea—has proven so popular that the London-based online retailer and café chain has sold out just weeks after the...

Yorkshire Tea is Second in the U.K.

For centuries, Yorkshire has been famous for its regional breweries, quenching the thirst of the most discerning British beer buff to this day. But lately this northern English county has achieved international fame for a different kind of brew. With its locally blended Yorkshire Tea, Taylors of Harrogate recently surpassed Tetley (originally a Yorkshire...

Kickstarter Product Makes Matcha Possible on the Go

A brand-new design from startup Pret-A-Matcha is the new must-have for matcha tea lovers. The innovative patent-pending bottle incorporates all the traditional matcha-making tools (sieve, spoon, whisk and a compartment to store 2 ounces of matcha powder) for matcha-on-the-go. The double-walled stainless-steel bottle comes in three colors—black, white and green—and costs $60, one-third less...

Iced Tea Sales on the Rise at C-Stores

According to a new report, rising numbers of consumers are purchasing cold tea at convenience stores, citing taste, cleanliness, quality, and value as the most important purchasing factors. In its spring 2017 Convenience Store Consumer Marketbrief, foodservice research firm Technomic reports that 44 percent of all convenience store consumers purchase dispensed tea from c-stores...

Demand Outstrips Supply in U.S.-Grown Artisanal Tea

As Americans’ taste for tea has grown, so has the interest in homegrown teas. According to the U.S. League of Tea Growers, there are now 60 farms in 15 states, most of which have sprung up in the last 15 years or so. Historically, the United States did not feature highly on tea maps...

English Tea Shop Takes on the World

A recent article on Minutehack.com, which features business-focused stories for entrepreneurs and executives, highlighted the British tea company the English Tea Shop. The independent 7-year-old company, it reports, is “riding a wave of demand for high-quality, organic food and drink” with its range of more than 130 varieties of teas and tisanes produced at...