Tea Championship Tags the Best Iced Teas for Summer & Beyond

ITO EN (North America), S&D Coffee and Tea, QTrade Teas & Herbs and
Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods Receive the Most First-place Iced Tea Wins

NATCICED20141LAS VEGAS, Nev. (May 23, 2014) – June is National Iced Tea Month, and the North American Tea Championship (NATC) is naming the 25 best, premium iced teas in key categories. The NATC is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America and the premier platform for showcasing quality teas. Visit TeaChampionship.com for a complete list of first, second and third-place winners in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

Some of the NATC victors are scheduled to be featured in the North American Tea Championship NATCWinners Tasting Circle at World Tea Expo (WorldTeaExpo.com), May 29 – 31, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif. And all of the high-quality NATC-winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace.

Companies with 2014 first-place iced tea awards from NATC include: Argo Tea; Bhakti Chai; Crystal Geyser Water Company; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group; Honeybush Health Ltd.; Immaculate Leaf; ITO EN (North America); Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods; Mellow Monk, LLC; QTrade Teas & Herbs; S&D Coffee and Tea; Shangri La Tea Co.; and Walters Bay.

ITO EN (North America), S&D Coffee and Tea, QTrade Teas & Herbs and Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods boast the most first-place wins in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

NATCICED20142“All of this year’s North American Tea Championship winners in the Iced Tea Class are exceptional and highly recommended for summer 2014 and beyond,” says George Jage, director of the North American Tea Championship at The Beverage Group, a division of F+W Media. “The NATC had a lot of high-quality iced teas to choose from. Most notably, we’re seeing an increase in premium iced tea offerings for foodservice, so we added four ‘Best Value Awards’ in Foodservice in different categories. We also presented a ‘Best Packaging Award.’ Congratulations to all of this year’s winners; we expect them to gets lots of attention from consumers and the foodservice industry, especially in the warmer months ahead.”

North American Tea Championship first-place winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

Argo Tea, ArgoTea.com, Ready-To-Drink – Green – Flavored, Green Tea Ginger Twist

Argo Tea, ArgoTea.com, Ready-To-Drink – Herbal – Any, MojiTea

Bhakti Chai, BhaktiChai.com, Ready-To-Drink – Black – Sweetened, Bhakti Chai Almond Blend Ready-To-Drink

Crystal Geyser Water Company, CrystalGeyser.com, Ready-To-Drink – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Tejava Premium Iced Tea

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, DrPepperSnappleGroup.com, Ready-To-Drink – Black – Flavored, Snapple Straight Up Tea

Immaculate Leaf, ImmaculateLeaf.com, Foodservice – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Crushed Amber Oolong

ITO EN (North America), ItoEn.com, Ready-To-Drink – Oolong – Flavored, TEAS’ TEA Golden Oolong

ITO EN (North America), ItoEn.com, Ready-To-Drink – Green – Sweetened, TEAS’ TEA Jasmine Green Sweetened

ITO EN (North America), ItoEn.com, Ready-To-Drink – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, TEAS’ TEA Decaf Green

Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods, Tea2020.com, Instant – Black – Flavored, Lemon Flavor Black Tea

Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods, Tea2020.com, Instant – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Instant Pu’er Tea Powder

Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods, Tea2020.com, Instant – Herbal – Any, Hibiscus Drink

Mellow Monk, LLC, MellowMonk.com, Instant – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Just-Right Roast

QTrade Teas & Herbs, QTradeTeas.com, Foodservice – Green – Flavored, Summer Me Baby

QTrade Teas & Herbs, QTradeTeas.com, Foodservice – Herbal – Any, Citrus Ironwood

QTrade Teas & Herbs, QTradeTeas.com, Foodservice – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Emerald Green

S&D Coffee and Tea, SNDCoffee.com, Foodservice – Bag-in-Box – Black Flavored, Teafinity Lemongrass Basil Bagless Black Tea

S&D Coffee and Tea, SNDCoffee.com, Foodservice – Bag-in-Box – Green Flavored, Teafinity Blueberry Thyme Bagless Green Tea

S&D Coffee and Tea, SNDCoffee.com, Foodservice – Black – Flavored, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea

Shangri La Tea Co., ShangrilaIcedTea.com, Instant – Green – Flavored, Tropical Green Quickbrewed 

New NATC categories and winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

Honeybush Health Ltd., HoneybushHealth.com, Ready to Drink – Best Packaging, the complete line of Honeybush Bottled Herbal Tea

S&D Coffee & Tea, SNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Flavored Black Tea, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea

S&D Coffee & Tea, SNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Green Tea, Rainforest Alliance Green Tea

Walters Bay, WaltersBay.com, Foodservice – Flavored Green Tea, Walters Bay Lime Green Iced Tea

Walters Bay, WaltersBay.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Black Tea, Walters Bay Pure Ceylon Iced Tea

All NATC tea submissions were evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: dry leaf, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic. Winners were determined by rank.

Wilbur Curtis, a leading manufacturer of tea brewers and accessories, is the official equipment supplier for the North American Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation. Global Customized Water is the official water supplier.

The next North American Tea Championship will be held in summer of 2014 for an evaluation of spring teas. Entries will be accepted and details will be at TeaChampionship.com once dates are established.

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