World Tea Community News

What Does a Cup of Tea Look Like Around the World?

Tea discovery is an infinite task made all the more pleasurable by variety. Travelers soon realize that the culture that surrounds tea offerings introduce an entirely new level of appreciation of this social drink. That’s what James Brockbank, managing director at DigitalLoft in England, discovered on his tea journey. He sent World Tea News...

Xiamen Tea Fair

XIAMEN, China Tea fairs in China differ little from the West—except in scale. The 2016 edition of the Xiamen Tea Fair in Fujian Province filled massive halls with 1,000 exhibitions covering 645,000 square feet. The late-October event has doubled in size in the past few years, attracting nearly 261,709 attendees, up from 253,358 visitors...

India Growers Seek Subsidies for Orthodox Tea

The overseas market for India tea is changing due to demand from the U.S. and Europe for loose-leaf and fine-grade orthodox teas. These teas bring a higher price, especially when certified organic, biodynamic, and fair trade, but yields are lower and the tea can be more difficult to process. India currently produces 80 million...

Reviving Japan’s Tea Lands

Japan holds tightly to its teas, exporting only 2% of the millions of metric tons grown and quickly consumed in this land of tea lovers. Through May, the tea Japan exported to the United States amounted to only 874 metric tons; compare that to Argentina, which sent 21,890 metric tons to the U.S. during...

New Tax Will Likely Inflate India Tea Prices

India has largely avoided economic stagnation brought by falling commodity prices and is on pace to maintain sustained growth of 7% per year. That is one reason the government is backing that nation’s first Goods and Services Tax (GST), a common means of financing expansion. The proposed tax is a dual program administered by...

Falling Prices Threaten Livelihood of Tea Smallholders

More than two-thirds of the poor in rural areas are smallholder farmers, yet these same farmers produce 70% of the world’s food, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). FAO’s Intergovernmental Group on Tea (IGG/Tea) recently expressed concerns that falling tea prices globally place smallholders in difficult circumstances. Tea is an...

Kochi Tea Buyers Ignore e-Auction

Last week for the first time since it was founded, all the tea on sale at India’s Kochi e-Auction remained unsold as buyers abstained from participation in protest of new e-auction rules. The previous week’s auction resulted in the sale of only 715 out of 1,743 lots by 190 active members of the Tea...

World Tea Expo Kicks off in Las Vegas This Week

Penton’s 2016 World Tea Expo brings together top professionals from the global tea community and vertical markets to interact with 200 tea companies and allied businesses exhibiting hundreds of new products and presenting more than 50 educational sessions. The Expo (#WorldTeaExpo or #WTE16) takes place June 15–17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las...

The Best Iced Teas for 2016

North American Tea Championship Honorees Will Be Featured at the North American Tea Championship ‘Winners Tasting Circle’ at World Tea Expo Penton’s North American Tea Championship (NATC), the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America, presented 11 first-place wins to the best, premium iced teas in various categories, as well as Best...

World Tea Expo Launches New White Paper – Advancing the Business of Tea



Complimentary White Paper Features Speakers and Thought-Leaders from World Tea Expo

 World Tea Expo launched a new white paper that provides valuable insights about some of the most important tea-business topics for vertical markets, including prospects in global tea, success in tea retail, educating the customer’s palate, restaurants and hotels enhancing their tea programs,...