Insights

Follow these Industry Experts as they discuss everything ranging from country of origin travels, health and wellness, and market trends.

Insight: U.S. Organic Tea Imports

The volume of tea imports has declined since 2013 following a sharp rise, dropping in 2016 to a figure below the five year average – but the declared value of tea imports continues to increase. The Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Foreign Agriculture Service) tracks tea (except...

East Africa Drought Affects Tea Production

Last year’s short rainy season and a prolonged drought in East Africa is taking a toll on tea yields in the region. As the weather phenomenon La Niña continues to dry up the skies, many are predicting a bleak 2017 for tea production in Kenya and other tea-growing countries in the region. Kenya’s National...

Tea, Meet Tattoos

If you visit the website of Berkeley, Calif., teahouse Blue Willow Teaspot, you’ll notice a couple of things. Owner Ali Roth includes a quote that might come from any lifetime lover of tea: “Every tea has a story to tell. If you pay close attention and surrender your senses to the moment, you can...

Watch Out for Empty Calories in Your Tea

You might be surprised just how many empty calories you’re adding to your tea each day. More than 160 million people in the U.S. regularly drink coffee or tea. Roughly two-thirds of coffee drinkers and one-third of tea drinkers add sugar, cream, flavorings or other calorie-rich additives, according to researcher Ruopeng An. “These add-in...

A Tea User’s Guide You Will Use

Start with a bountiful quantity of leaf, and a second steep reveals nuances that delight. And so it is with a second reading of Tony Gebely’s remarkable new book, Tea: A User’s Guide. As Gebely, 33, explains it: “Multiple steeps allow us to achieve snapshots of the tea as dissolution begins, runs its course,...

Global Tea Production 2015

Globally tea continues its steady increase in production, doubling in the past 20 years from 2,525 million metric tons (MT) in 1995 to 5,305 million metric tons (5.3 billion kilos) in 2015. In September Ian Gibbs, who was elected chair of the International Tea Committee (ITC) in May, presented a detailed assessment of global...

Market Report: Specialty Tea in North America

A recession mindset still plagues consumers and while specialty tea remains a growth category in both the U.S. and Canada, the pace has slowed. “Backed by innovation and on trend with consumer health and wellness needs, (ready-to-drink) tea is driving growth in the U.S.,” reports Chris Monk with Nielsen market research. Tea sales are...

Tea 2030: Engaging Consumers

NIAGARA FALLS, ON The London-based nonprofit Forum for the Future, recognizing the unique nature of tea in the U.S. and Canada, has launched a North American work stream to identify opportunities and address concerns specific to this market. Mark Driscoll, the Forum’s head of food, said that the collaborative Tea 2030 project is entering...

Customizability Is a Key to Success at Fast-Casual Chains

Fast-casual remains the hottest segment of the restaurant business, according to market research firm Technomic. “Of the 250 chains featured in this year’s [Top 250 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report], more than 90 had year-over-year sales and unit growth rates both in the double digits.” Darren Tristano, president of Technomic, said that “customizability has become...