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Will Battle joined the tea world as a trainee tea taster with Tetley’s, after completing university studies in the UK. He travelled the tea lands for 10 years with Tetley, completing his training in India, Sri Lanka, and Africa. Tasting tea after tea after tea each day – and visiting tea gardens, is work...

Budding Products: Ellis Island Tropical Tea, Tejava in Plastic Bottles, Thai Tea Ice Cream

RTD tea news Ellis Island Tropical Tea is authentically Jamaican Reality show “Queen Boss,” which centers around female African-American entrepreneurs, chose tea maker Nailah Ellis-Brown as its first winner reports Crain’s. Centric TV’s reality show featured 18 contestants who were gradually eliminated over a three-month period. The judges raved about Ellis-Brown’s hibiscus tea and...

India Grades Its Tea Gardens

In July 2016, the Tea Board of India announced it would rank each of the country’s 1,421 registered tea gardens for quality agricultural practices, replantation, infrastructure, and working conditions. The resulting grades were published recently and the 87 gardens that constitute the Darjeeling Geographical Indicator (GI) did not fare well, garnering only one “A”...

Turmeric in Tea is Trending

The West continues to take note from th­­e East as turmeric popped up across tea brands showcasing at Natural Products Expo West earlier this month in Anaheim, California. Much has been written about the benefits of turmeric, which could explain its surge in popularity among tea producers. Ayurvedic documentation from India shows the usage...

Joel Silver New CEO at DAVIDsTEA

MONTREAL, Quebec Joel Silver, a former president of Indigo Books & Music, is the new chief executive officer at DAVIDsTEA, North America’s second-largest specialty tea chain with 234 shops. He is the company’s fourth chief executive, following Sylvain Toutant, who resigned in October to pursue personal interests. Silver began work Monday. Maurice Tousson, chairman...

Tea Consumption May Protect Elderly From Cognitive Decline

Chinese researchers found indications that regular tea consumption lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly, especially those who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, according to the National University of Singapore (NUS), were that tea drinking reduced the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 percent....

Sri Lanka Tea Output Falls

Adverse weather, poor application of fertilizers and a government ban on pesticides are wreaking havoc with Sri Lanka’s tea production. Last year, the Indian Ocean island nation’s tea output hit a seven-year low, falling 11.1 percent in its third straight year of declining production, according to a recent report. And the bad news continues:...

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...