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Tea Production Continues Steady Climb as Exports Slide

There was much less tea sailing the high seas last year than could be found in local market stalls. Production continued its steady growth in 2016 with a continuous upward climb dating back to 1996, based on statistics compiled by the International Tea Committee (ITC).  In 1996 ITC tallied global production at 2,654 million...

Ancient Northern Tea Road Under Consideration as Heritage Site

SHANXI, China China is pursuing recognition of the ancient northern tea road as a United Nations World Heritage site. The 13,000 kilometer Sino-Russian Tea Road started in eastern China, traversed the steppes of Mongolia and ended in St. Petersburg, Russia linking more than 200 cities. Trade routes to the orient expanded in the 17th...

Expo Exhibitors Show Off Electric Tea Brewers

Exhibitors at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas will be showing off electronic tea brewers with lots of bells and whistles for both home and tea shops. Gourmia Gourmia.com expects to exhibit six electronic tea brewers at the expo, including: GWTC8500 – The WiFi Square Craft Tea Infuser & Coffee Brewer includes app...

EU Awards Grant to Scottish Tea Growers

Nine farmers in the British Isles, experiencing renewed interest in locally grown tea, successfully collaborated in seeking European rural development funds last month. The Tea Gardens of Scotland Group representing growers in Angus, Fife, and Perthshire Scotland were awarded £49,500 ($65,000) last month to meet the challenge of farming the crop in the chilly northern...

ITI Collaborates with Kenya Tea Directorate

MOMBASA, Kenya Opening the world’s largest tea auction to offerings of purple, green, and orthodox tea will have a direct impact on the availability of African teas in the U.S. International Tea Importers (ITI) in Los Angeles is working with the Kenya Tea Directorate to oversee exports of purple tea to the U.S. “We...

Global Tea Championship Presents ‘Gold,’ ‘Silver,’ ‘Bronze’ Medals for the Best Iced Teas of 2017, Just Prior to National Iced Tea Month

Some Honorees Will Be Featured at the Global Tea Championship ‘Winners Tasting Circle’ at World Tea Expo, June 13 – 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall The Global Tea Championship (GTC), an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas, presented four Gold, 12 Silver...

Planter Will Chair India Tea Board

KOLKATA, India The Government of India broke with tradition last week and named the first tea planter to chair the India Tea Board. In announcing the appointment, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry stated that the executive powers formerly held by the chair will be transferred to an executive deputy chairman, a position that...

Tea Experts See Health, Flavor Benefits from Genome Research

Tea experts predict that the newly successful sequencing of the tea tree genome will result in new cultivars with unique flavors, tailored levels of caffeine, and perhaps improved health qualities. Researchers from Kunming Institute of Botany in China, led by plant geneticist Lizhi Gao, sequenced the tea tree genome (cultivar Yunkang 10) from Yunnan...

Tea Prices: Specialty Up, Commodity Down

The World Bank forecasts a 6 percent overall decline in commodity beverage prices globally as supply outpaces demand but specialty tea continues to defy economic gravity. The World Bank’s annual Commodity Markets Review places tea, coffee, and cacao in a beverage category where coffee shows the greatest volatility. Tea has experienced very little price...