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World Tea Expo New Product Winners Announced

Tea experts explored the World Tea Expo show floor to find the best new products presented this year in Las Vegas. Here are the new product winners. Innovation: Millennia Tea Millennia Tea set out to provide the freshest leaf possible and created a patent-pending process the maintains leaf integrity right from the plant.  ...

Tea Companies From Non-Traditional Countries Make Their Mark

The World Tea Expo, which took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 12-15, attracted tea purveyors from around the world. Tea companies that are from countries that are not well-known for producing tea are stepping forward and making their mark on the industry. Representatives from a few of these companies gave their...

Ito En matcha at World Tea Expo

4 Tea Industry Themes to Watch from World Tea Expo

One booth at World Tea Expo captured themes in tea in a neat organic package (or two). Ito En showed matcha in its many forms, from shots to ceremonial, from tea bags to culinary and from convenient cans to ice steeped cold brew RTD. Ito En allows today’s tea consumer to incorporate matcha into...

People’s Tea Choice Awards Winners Named at World Tea Expo

The World Tea Expo played host to the People’s Tea Choice Awards for the teas that won top recognition in their categories at the Global Tea Championship during the previous 12 months. The Global Tea Championship is an independent tasting competition during which tea industry experts tasted and voted on the quality, taste and...

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...

Sri Lanka Shined at World Tea Expo

Sri Lanka’s celebrated Ceylon tea roared at this year’s World Tea Expo, drawing attention to the official country of origin and showing by example its pedigree of social, economic, and environmental responsibility. Sri Lanka is the largest exporter of black orthodox tea, accounting for 6.2% of world production and exporting 16.9% of the world’s...

2017 World Tea Awards Winners

The 2017 World Tea Awards were presented to the winners at the Las Vegas Convention Center on June 14, 2017. Tea industry professionals garnered much deserved recognition for their contributions to the field. The winners are listed below. The John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Rona Tison, ITO EN 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea:...

Andes-grown Specialty Tea from Colombia

BITACO, La Cumbre, Colombia High in the Pacific-facing Andes where the soil is rich and young, an innovative tea garden has captured the attention of specialty buyers. Bitaco is the home of Colombia’s only commercial tea garden, a place close to the equator at an elevation of 6,500 ft (1,800– 2,050 meters) and tucked...

What Gen Z Restaurant Consumers Want

Technology, quality food and service, and ambience are key for the next generation after Millennials This is part of NRN’s special coverage of the 2017 NRA Show, being held in Chicago, May 20-23. Visit NRN.com for the latest coverage from the show, plus follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The next generation of restaurant consumers, who...

Prepare to Vote for the People’s Tea Choice Awards

Don’t miss the Winners Tasting Circle on the World Tea Expo show floor. It showcases winning Global Tea Championship entries from the previous year. The Global Tea Championship (GTC) is an independent tea tasting competition in which tea experts taste dozens of teas to determine the best commercially available teas in terms of quality...