tea exports

Thanks to Smallholders, India Tea Exports Rebound to Record Levels

Outstanding yields in South India offset declines in Darjeeling as tea production reached a record 1,279 million kilograms in 2017, up about 1 percent from 1,267 million kilograms harvested in 2016. Exports topped 240.7 million kilograms during calendar 2017, a level not seen since 1981, according to the Tea Board of India. Exports were...

One Belt, One Road is a Two-Way Street

PUER, Yunnan A cobblestone trail and a map carved in stone mark the first outpost on the 3,000-kilometer ancient Tea Horse Road. It was from here that for more than 1,000 years caravans carrying tea started their journey of many months crossing Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou provinces to Tibet and destinations as far as...

India Aggressively Expands Orthodox Tea Exports

KOLKATA, West Bengal China and India, the two largest tea producing countries, export only modest quantities compared to smaller producers such as Kenya and Sri Lanka. Last year, China exported 328.69 million kilos. Kenya, the world’s largest tea exporter, shipped 480.33 million kilos (95% of total production). India exported 222.45 million kilos, which is...

Global Tea Production 2015

Globally tea continues its steady increase in production, doubling in the past 20 years from 2,525 million metric tons (MT) in 1995 to 5,305 million metric tons (5.3 billion kilos) in 2015. In September Ian Gibbs, who was elected chair of the International Tea Committee (ITC) in May, presented a detailed assessment of global...

Global Tea Industry Faces Diverse Challenges

DUBAI, UAE Middle Eastern and Asian tea executives were resolute in the face of diverse challenges identified last week at the biennial Global Dubai Tea Forum. The group of 390 executives welcomed back into the fold their colleagues from Iran, the world’s fourth largest tea consuming nation per capita and a significant exporter in...

Food Safety and Japanese Tea

Early in February a team from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) traveled to Japan to discuss new food safety regulations that could impact tea as well as other agricultural products. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act rules increase the standards placed on food imports. The imported products will have to meet...

Indonesia Exports Plunge

A combination of weather, competing cash crops and economics is expected to cut Indonesia’s tea production by 40% this year reducing exports to 48,000 metric tons. In a report published by the Jarkata Globe the Indonesia Tea Council predicted a 2015 crop of 120,000 metric tons with exports falling under 50,000 mt for the...

Insight: Organic Tea Imports

Imports of USDA certified organic tea continue to climb with brands including Adagio Tea, Republic of Tea, Mighty Leaf, Celestial Seasons, Rishi Organic Tea, DAVIDsTEA, Teavana and Choice Organic Teas (all offering USDA Certified Organic tea) reporting strong sales. Honest Tea, which bottles organic ready-to-drink tea, now sells 100 million bottles of tea a...

India Tea Export Initiative

India, the world’s fourth largest tea exporter, is losing ground to China as its domestic market grows. While it is the second largest tea grower, domestic demand has steadily increased leading to less and less tea for export. Exports reached a recent high of 222 million kilos in 2010 but have since dropped to...