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Lipton Launches Organic Black Tea

A decade after the British tea company became the first to commit to sourcing all of its tea in a sustainable manner, Unilever-owned Lipton has announced its first organic line of black tea. The Rainforest Alliance Certified black tea leaves, sourced from the Kenyan Highlands, adhere to USDA Organic standards. “We’re thrilled to bring...

Report Highlights Poor Healthcare in Assam’s Tea Estates

JORHAT, Assam, India India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said that tea estate areas in Assam lack proper healthcare facilities and revealed that 37.69 percent of the maternal deaths reported during 2013–14 and 2015–16 were from tea garden areas. In India, the CAG enjoys the same status as a judge of the Supreme...

Argo Tea Launches Line of Cold Brew Single Estate Bottled Teas

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Argo Tea®, the Chicago-based premium tea brand known for its all-natural tea-based signature drinks and loose-leaf teas, is partnering with Whole Foods Market to launch a line of ready-to-drink (RTD) cold brew single estate bottled teas into the retailer’s stores nationally. The release of the RTD line follows a successful test of...

5 Fascinating Tea Industry Kickstarter Campaigns

Look no further than Kickstarter to find creative minds contributing to every facet of the tea industry:  kombucha, honey tea, a cup and saucer that share a secret compartment and more. Kickstarter’s mission is to “help bring creative projects to life;” and it is doing so in the digital sphere and beyond as entrepreneurs...

Report Predicts India’s Tea Exports Will Surge This Year

JORHAT, Assam, India With Kenya and Sri Lanka, the major exporters of bulk tea in the global market, witnessing an erratic cropping pattern, the export prospects for Indian tea appear bright, according to a recent report published by the ICRA, an Indian independent and professional investment information and credit rating agency. According to Tea...

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,...

Business Lessons From One of Seattle’s ‘Best’ Teahouses

Pippa’s Real Tea combines some aspects of an authentic English teahouse with Pippa Mills’ own vision of a relaxed inclusive environment for customers and staff. Located in charming historic Port Townsend, Washington, at the northwest corner of Puget Sound, it has become an icon for locals and tourists and was recently voted “Best Tea...

Matcha’s Benefits Drive Market Growth

Matcha is taking the world by storm, according to a report by Grand View Research, which predicts the global matcha market will reach $5.07 billion by 2025, rising from $2.62 billion in 2016. The research suggests the North American market will experience substantial growth. Matcha’s vast health benefits contribute to its popularity. As chronic...

India’s Tea Board to Harness Social Media to Market Organic Tea

JORHAT, Assam, India The Tea Board of India will launch a social media campaign to promote specialty teas from the country in domestic and international markets, according to Tea Board chairman P.K. Bezbaruah, who spoke with World Tea News at a workshop for small tea growers at Tocklai Tea Research Institute recently. Marketing through...

China Tea Forum Showcases the Green Jade of Hubei

ENSHI, Hubei Province, China Tea establishes a bond between those who grow tea and those who drink it, making a global family, China Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman Yu Lu told attendees at China’s 7th International Tea Forum. The three-day conference Sept. 25–28 was attended by 400 tea executives including 100 overseas traders, tea...