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English Tea Shop Takes on the World

A recent article on Minutehack.com, which features business-focused stories for entrepreneurs and executives, highlighted the British tea company the English Tea Shop. The independent 7-year-old company, it reports, is “riding a wave of demand for high-quality, organic food and drink” with its range of more than 130 varieties of teas and tisanes produced at...

Darjeeling’s Dry Spell Ends Just in Time for Harvest

After a long winter dry spell, widespread rainfall has brought delight to tea planters in sub-Himalayan West Bengal including Darjeeling, one of the highest tea-producing regions of the country, reports India’s The Economic Times. The rains are expected to give a heavy boost to the quality and quantity of the first flush. Per Indian...

Nepal Tea’s Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds Goal

Nepal Tea is a certified organic specialty tea supplier that helps improve the lives of Nepali tea farmers and children. Founded in 2016, the Jersey City, New Jersey-based company recently implemented a Kickstarter campaign to grow its social project. Founder Nishchal Banskota and Sashreek Shrestha created the campaign and set the fundraising goal at...

India Grades Its Tea Gardens

In July 2016, the Tea Board of India announced it would rank each of the country’s 1,421 registered tea gardens for quality agricultural practices, replantation, infrastructure, and working conditions. The resulting grades were published recently and the 87 gardens that constitute the Darjeeling Geographical Indicator (GI) did not fare well, garnering only one “A”...

Turmeric in Tea is Trending

The West continues to take note from th­­e East as turmeric popped up across tea brands showcasing at Natural Products Expo West earlier this month in Anaheim, California. Much has been written about the benefits of turmeric, which could explain its surge in popularity among tea producers. Ayurvedic documentation from India shows the usage...

Joel Silver New CEO at DAVIDsTEA

MONTREAL, Quebec Joel Silver, a former president of Indigo Books & Music, is the new chief executive officer at DAVIDsTEA, North America’s second-largest specialty tea chain with 234 shops. He is the company’s fourth chief executive, following Sylvain Toutant, who resigned in October to pursue personal interests. Silver began work Monday. Maurice Tousson, chairman...

Red Robe Tea House Offers Gong Fu Tea Service

The Red Robe Tea House & Café brings authentic Southern Chinese culture to Portland, Oregon, while still appealing to Western preferences. “I combined the traditional Chinese and Western tastes,” said co-owner Pearl Zhang. “I also came up with this using both creativity and delicacy.” Customers who dine there get an all-encompassing Cantonese cultural experience....

Sri Lanka Tea Output Falls

Adverse weather, poor application of fertilizers and a government ban on pesticides are wreaking havoc with Sri Lanka’s tea production. Last year, the Indian Ocean island nation’s tea output hit a seven-year low, falling 11.1 percent in its third straight year of declining production, according to a recent report. And the bad news continues:...

Nestle and Coca-Cola to End Nestea Joint Venture

Sixteen years ago Coca-Cola and Nestlé (Nestea) formed Beverage Partners Worldwide, a partnership to market bottled tea. The market segment was dominated by the Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership (PLTP), a joint venture of (Lipton) and PepsiCo established in 1991. Lipton remains the U.S. market leader with a retail value share of 13%. However, virtually...