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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...

Nestle-Starbucks Alliance Brings Mutual Benefits

Brands get all the attention, but distribution is the formidable skeleton that enables food and beverage titans such as Nestlé ($90 billion), PepsiCo ($63 billion), Coca-Cola ($42 billion) and Kraft Heinz ($26 billion) to generate $25 to $100 billion in annual sales. Last week Nestlé announced it had purchased perpetual rights to market Starbucks...

Starbucks Expands Retail Reach in $7B Deal with Nestlé

Swiss food giant to sell chain’s packaged coffee worldwide Starbucks is expanding the global distribution of its packaged coffee and single-serve pods under a $7 billion cash deal with Swiss food giant Nestlé, which owns Nespresso and Dolce Gusto coffee systems. Nestlé is paying Seattle-based Starbucks $7.15 billion for the rights to market, sell,...

Tea Growth in Specialty Grocery

Americans overwhelmingly buy their tea where they shop for food. Only 7 percent report buying packaged tea in tea houses and coffee shops. Specialty tea is a very appealing category in niche food markets, explains Janis H. Grover, a marketing, new product development and sales professional presenting at this year’s World Tea Expo. “Retailers...

Bidders Are Setting New Records at Tea Auctions This Spring

JORHAT, Assam Halmari tea estate in India’s Assam set a world record price of $10.50 (INRs700) per kilogram for crush, tear, curl (CTC) at the Calcutta auction last month. The tea was purchased by Kolkata-based J. Thomas & Co., and Mahabod Tea House in Kolkata purchased 307 kilograms. The tea is expected to sell...

Tea Consumption Second Only to Packaged Water

DUBAI, UAE Huzaifa Nalwala has a natural affinity for numbers and a passion for tea. Combined, they make this senior research consultant one of the more informed experts on global consumption. Last week Nalwala, who works for ManSci Professional Services, presented an in-depth dive into what the world drinks. His presentation was one of...

Louise Roberge, A Tea Industry Dynamo

Louise Roberge has energized the Canadian tea community since she was first named president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada in November 2000. Always ready with a smile, Roberge has a soft, friendly manner… unassuming until challenged on any of the many subjects she holds dear. She leaves a legacy of non-combative...

David’s Tea Initiatives Support Slight Growth

Growing online sales and renovating stores are part of David’s Tea’s fiscal 2018 plans, which were outlined April 19 in its fourth quarter fiscal 2017 financial results and earnings call. “Our leadership team is committed to improving the performance of our Canadian and U.S. network of stores, realizing the value of our brand and...