Tea

Unilever Buys Pukka

Unilever announced on Sept. 7 it acquired Pukka Herbs, a company specializing in ethically sourced organic teas and herbal tisanes. Pukka joins more than one dozen other Unilever brands dedicated to making a positive social impact, reports the Independent. “Pukka has strong values and a clear purpose that aligns fully with our own sustainable...

Budding Products: 3 Tea Makers Tout New Wellness Products

The Spice Lab Offers 6 Wellness Teas The Spice Lab, which is based in Pompano Beach, Florida, offers six loose leaf wellness teas with different benefits for anyone who would like a soothing break. The blends include bases of black tea, chamomile, rooibos and mate with herbs and spices added. The blends are: Energy...

Tea Smith Brings Tea to Happy Hour With Its After Five Menu

Omaha, Nebraska-based teahouse The Tea Smith created an “After 5 Menu.” “We want tea to be fun and accessible for people … Being able to have fun and creative drinks introduces people to tea,” said Tim Smith, The Tea Smith’s owner. “People who have tea kind of cubby-holed based on limited experience,” he said....

Darjeeling Strike Continues as Gorkha Split Over Decision to End Confrontation

DARJEELING, West Bengal An agreement to temporarily suspend an indefinite shutdown during talks with West Bengal’s government has split leaders of the Gorkha movement who say they are determined to achieve statehood and will discuss nothing short of that goal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last week welcomed Gorkha coalition leader Binay Tamang’s decision to...

Mushroom Tea Line Result of University Partnership

Choice Organic Teas partnered with Bastyr University to create a wellness tea collection that boosts both organizations. The collection debuted in 2017 and centers around mushrooms. The four teas in the collection are: Shitake Mate, Reishi Matcha, Shitake Turmeric, and Reishi Detox. “We have worldwide sourcing; we have knowledge of botanicals,” said Choice Production...

Strong Spring Production Slumps in Summer

Tea production in the major producing countries through the 12 months ending in May was comparable to the June 2015-to-May 2016 period, but cumulative totals do not account for wide variations by country. India had an outstanding spring with 1.063 million metric tons harvested in the northern regions and 226,960 metric tons (mt) in...

Nepali Tea Growers Fill Darjeeling Void

As the price of Darjeeling tea quadrupled and with the tea in short supply, Nepal has sent as much as 2.5 million kilos of tea across its southern border in the past few weeks. To reduce the cost of acquiring tea for blending, India has a free trade agreement with Nepal. This means gardens...

Global Tea Championship’s Notable Features

The Global Tea Championship’s Spring Hot Tea Competition will take place September 16-17, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado. Here are some notable aspects of this year’s competition. Any company from around the world that sells tea commercially is eligible to enter the competition. This is the first year the competition will take place at the...

How Tea Health Advocacy Can Improve Retail Sales

Maria Uspenski won the award for Best Tea Health Advocate at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas in June. Her book, Cancer Hates Tea (Page Street Publishing, 2016), gives tips for lifestyle changes people can make to decrease their risk of getting cancer. She owns The Tea Spot in Boulder, Colorado, which provides...

Veteran Launches Kickstarter Campaign for His Tea Company

Tea grown in war-torn countries such as Rwanda and Sri Lanka, Burma and Vietnam offers hope for smallholders rebuilding their countries and personal lives. Brandon Friedman is a soldier and founder of Rakkasan Tea, a startup that will import tea from “carefully selected small estates in post-conflict countries to promote peace and economic growth.”...