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Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

U.S. RTD Green Tea to Reach $3.5 Billion

Green tea is a fast-growth segment in all formats but ready-to-drink will account for the greatest value, volume, and profitability for the five years ahead, according to market researcher Technavio. London-based Technavio estimates the U.S. market for green tea, including organic green tea, in bottles and cans will reach $3.515 billion by 2021. The...

Insight: U.S. Organic Tea Imports

The volume of tea imports has declined since 2013 following a sharp rise, dropping in 2016 to a figure below the five year average – but the declared value of tea imports continues to increase. The Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Foreign Agriculture Service) tracks tea (except...

Yerba Mate Not So Great, Say Pint-Sized Tea Tasters

American kids are frequently exposed to iced tea and sweet tea, but not many of them get to try the more exotic teas from far-flung corners of the earth. With that in mind, WatchCut Video, the makers of last year’s viral sensation “Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time,” decided to offer a group...

Call for Mombasa to “Rethink” Automated Auction

When purchased in large quantities, tea is generally acquired at auction centers around the world. Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka all maintain auction centers close to where the tea is produced. These global auction centers (there are 14) account for the sale of virtually all the cut, tear, curl (CTC) manufactured and much of...

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...