Domestic / International News

New Certification Incentivizes Elephant Conservation

The first Elephant Friendly Certification™ for tea plantations has been developed by the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. This certification represents standards that tea gardens implement for the protection of elephants, which are vulnerable to health and safety risks often present on tea cultivation properties. University of...

Canadian Sommelier Opened The Tea Lounge

LONDON, Canada What does it take to be a tea shop owner in Canada? It helps to know something about both the leaf and the retail business. Successful owners are typically enthusiastic and dauntless. Michelle Pierce Hamilton is that and more. A Canadian certified tea sommelier and a registered nutritionist who founded beTeas, she...

Tea Board India Inaugurates Awards

The Tea Board India is instituting awards of excellence for tea growers in the country for the purpose of recognizing excellence in Indian tea reports The Hindu. Awards will be given in 22 categories, including: small growers, tea start-ups, innovative packaging and value-addition efforts. Special appreciation awards will be given to top-graded gardens. These...

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...

First Flush Tea Production Declines

Tea production declined overall through March with drought in Africa and a cold spring in China to blame. Since then Sri Lanka has experienced severe flooding, the worst in 14 years, killing 194 and causing disruptions in the harvest and transport of tea. Four countries, China, India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka produce and ship...

India Sets 5% GST for Tea

Tea will be taxed at 5 percent as India finalized rates for its inaugural goods and services tax (GST) effective July 1. Rates were set last week for more than 500 services and 1,200 categories of goods following 10 years of negotiations. The intent is to streamline the existing tax structure and capture more...

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...

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...