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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...

The 88th Annual Tea Trade Dinner in London

This year’s Tea Trade Dinner counted 380 attendants seated on 34 tables, each hosted by one or several of the world’s big tea companies and groups. This unique and prestigious event, which takes place every year on the first Thursday of May at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand, in London is the one...

Study: Tea Causes Epigenetic Changes in Women

A recent study conducted by researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden along with other European research groups, revealed  tea consumption causes epigenetic changes in women. These changes were related to cancer and to the estrogen hormone. Human Molecular Genetics published the researchers’ conclusions, titled “Tea and Coffee consumption in relation to DNA methylation in...

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...

3 Tips on Forging Authentic Connections at World Tea Expo

Sue Heilbronner, founder and CEO of MergeLane and regular speaker on conscious leadership, recently spoke at a Naturally Boulder event on strategies for making authentic connections while at an event such as World Tea Expo. The following are three takeaways from Heilbronner’s talk. 1. Practice conscious leadership Conscious leadership starts with you, then your product, then...