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7 Ways Twinings Tea Drives Positive Change

Twinings Tea ultimately aims to improve social conditions across the tea industry and be the catalyst for systemic change through its Sourced with Care Program. The tea company elaborated on its efforts in the Twinings Social Impact Report 2016. Twinings sources its tea internationally from plantations and small farms in various countries, including China,...

Top Beverage Packaging Trends

Lighter plastic and aluminum packaging to lower transportation expense and increased automation are important trends for beverage companies. Retail sales of functional drinks, including ready-to-drink tea, increased more than 30 percent from 2005 to 2015, according to Technavio, a London-based market research firm. Functional drinks include energy drinks, RTD tea and coffee, sports drinks,...

Iran’s Domestic Tea Production Climbs 60%

Domestic tea production is reinvigorated in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest tea market by volume and one of the top tea importers in the Middle East. During the long difficult period under sanctions, the nation’s tea factories fell into disrepair. Land use permits to grow tea on at least 7,000 hectares of  land  in Gilan...

Global Tea Championship Takes Place Feb. 25-26

The Global Tea Championship is right around the corner. Tea purveyors will put their work in front of a panel of judges meeting in Colorado to see which will become the Fall Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea and Packaged Single Service tea champions. The four February competition judges, Scott Svihula, Suzette Hammond, Richard Enticott and...

Meet the Global Tea Championship Judges

The Global Tea Championship’s Fall Hot (Loose Leaf) and Single Serve competitions will take place February 25-26, 2017. These four tea industry experts will be judging 245 teas. They have established themselves in the world of tea and all have unique stories to tell and specialized knowledge to bring to the competition.   Kelly...

Darjeeling: Flushed with Concern

In the world of tea, Darjeeling is unique – and so are its troubles. The high mountain terrain kissed with mist and bathed in strong ultraviolet light has produced remarkable, aromatic teas since 1850. The season begins in March when first-flush leaves are plucked. This small harvest accounts for 35% of an estimated $69...

Fickle Weather Gave India Strong Finish

Indian tea growers somehow managed to resist wind, rain, and heat to beat last year’s totals for tea production by 2.5%. Now that December figures have been tallied, tea production was reported at 1,239.15 million kilos (mkg) for the calendar year, exceeding 2015 by 30.5 mkg. The totals insure India will remain the world’s...

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...