Kenya

ITI Collaborates with Kenya Tea Directorate

MOMBASA, Kenya Opening the world’s largest tea auction to offerings of purple, green, and orthodox tea will have a direct impact on the availability of African teas in the U.S. International Tea Importers (ITI) in Los Angeles is working with the Kenya Tea Directorate to oversee exports of purple tea to the U.S. “We...

Taylors of Harrogate Wins Queen’s Award for Supply Chain

Taylors of Harrogate and its sister company Bettys Café Tea Rooms received a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development on April 21 for their sustainable tea and coffee supply chain, according to a company press release. The Queen’s Award honors Bettys and Taylors’ socially responsible sourcing of tea and coffee and the positive impact on...

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...