Domestic / International News

Shabnam Weber to Lead Tea and Herbal Association of Canada

Shabnam Weber, a Toronto-based tea retailer and founder of The Academy of Tea, is the new president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada (THAC). Weber, who co-founded the Tea Emporium, a chain of specialty tea shops, serves as a member of the THAC board. “I am hugely delighted, honored and excited –...

Boba Continues to Grow and Evolve

Boba is more than a quarter century old and its position as a worldwide tea phenomenon is well and truly cemented. Yet the year 2017 saw the popularity of the tea-based, fruity milk drink explode—particularly in the West—with dedicated boba stores reporting booming business in cities  large and small. Originally a staple of the...

Lawsuit Alleges Bigelow Tea Engages in False Marketing

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a lawsuit against R.C. Bigelow asking the court to issue an order that stops Bigelow from “false marketing” following the discovery of glyphosate in store-bought samples of the company’s classic green tea. The Richman Law Group, on behalf of the OCA, alleges Bigelow misrepresented its “all natural” tea...

Investors Back Garden Fresh Tea Delivery Service

Growers are learning they can skip a few links in the traditional supply chain to deliver fresher tea, a development accelerated by venture capital. Once or twice a year TechCrunch, the technology blog headquartered near San Francisco, reports on Silicon Valley investments in tea. The latest is a $1.4 million Series A round in...

Investors Put $7 Million More into Teabox Subscription Service

SILIGURI, India Five-year-old Teabox is now selling 250 varieties of tea sourced directly from 100 growers. The monthly subscription service has provided 100,000 customers in 110 countries with 40 million cups of tea, making it a formidable player in the specialty category. Last week the company received $7 million in Series B funding led...

Nestlé Sells Sweet Leaf Tea and Tradewinds

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) announced the sale of its Tradewinds ready-to-drink and Sweet Leaf Tea brands to Dunn’s River Brands for an undisclosed sum. Dunn’s is a portfolio company of Texas-based private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners (FCP). Dunn’s was founded by Lee Brody, Ian Knowles and Kevin McClafferty, who serves as president...

Argentina Harvest Underway

MISIONES, Argentina Argentina’s tea harvest began in November with good rains and will continue until April when the Northern Hemisphere first harvests its tea. The country is the largest supplier of tea to the U.S. market, exporting 54 million kilos in 2016. This is about 70 percent of the 78 million kilos of mainly...

Millennia Tea Loses TV Show Investor

An offer of $100,000 for a 20 percent share of Canada-based Millennia Tea was withdrawn before Thursday’s airing of Dragons’ Den on Canada’s CBC TV. During the program, which was taped in April and aired Nov. 16, Jim Treliving (net worth $640 million) offered to invest $100,000 in Tracy and Rory Bell’s pioneering flash-frozen...

Darjeeling Wrecked or Reborn?

The 105-day strike in the hills of Darjeeling dealt a body blow to the tea industry. Disenchanted workers, few of whom reported for work immediately following the end of the strike, will prolong recovery. DARJEELING, West Bengal, India Tea workers are gradually returning to their jobs in the Darjeeling hills following a national holiday,...

New Certification Incentivizes Elephant Conservation

The first Elephant Friendly Certification™ for tea plantations has been developed by the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. This certification represents standards that tea gardens implement for the protection of elephants, which are vulnerable to health and safety risks often present on tea cultivation properties. University of...