Kenya

Winter Rain Too Light and Late

Tea production fell and prices climbed as the first teas of 2017 arrived at auction houses in Sri Lanka, India and Africa. The ongoing drought in Kenya lowered production 58 percent in February, with black tea production totals falling to 22 million kilos from 53 million kilos in 2016. Tea production in India dipped...

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,...

East Africa Drought Affects Tea Production

Last year’s short rainy season and a prolonged drought in East Africa is taking a toll on tea yields in the region. As the weather phenomenon La Niña continues to dry up the skies, many are predicting a bleak 2017 for tea production in Kenya and other tea-growing countries in the region. Kenya’s National...

How Tea Brand JusTea Innovates With Direct Supply and Transparency

Charities working in underdeveloped countries have the capacity to do incredible work. From improving food security to increasing access to healthcare and education, the nonprofit sector can make much-needed change. But as Paul Bain and his father Grayson Bain discovered, if the funding dries up, so does the ability to provide aid. Business, the...

Competitive Pricing Reduces India Exports

India will set a new record for tea production for 2016 at 1.22 billion kilos but continues to surrender market share in global exports. Despite increases in production, the quantity of tea sold at the Kolkata Auction dipped 3.9% to 120.8 million kilos in 2016 compared to 2015. Exports for the first eight months...

Kenya to Expand Loose Leaf Production

Kenya is the world’s largest exporter of black CTC (cut, tear, curl) tea but produces relatively little of the more expensive and difficult-to-process orthodox whole and broken leaf teas favored by Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), collectively the world’s largest tea importers. Last week, the chairman of the Kenya Tea Development...

Farming in the Anthropocene

HAMBURG, Germany Tea is a sun-loving leaf and unlike the delicate coffee flowers that bear fruit, leaves are tough little photosynthetic factories that thrive in warming regions of the world. So long as rains remain steady, a longer growing season and greater solar intensity will increase yield, but as with most good things, too...

Striking Kenyan Workers Return to Fields and Factories

Last week 10,000 angry tea farmers in Nandi County, Kenya demanded the arrest of factory workers who left the job for a week over salary concerns, closing 11 factories. Workers are upset that employers had refused to implement a court-ordered 30% increase in wages. Government officials intervened to resolve the immediate crisis and processing...