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Chai Dispenser and Delivery Service In High Demand

BENGALURU, India Tech-savvy investors are fueling retail innovation in tea. A case in point is India’s Chai Point, a tea retail chain with deep roots in technology that is experimenting with customization at scale. The company, founded in 2010, now sells 300,000 cups of tea daily at more than 100 outlets, hundreds of offices,...

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival Turns 20

This year marks the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival’s 20th anniversary and as one of the United States’ longest running tea festivals, it exemplifies the impact such a festival can have on tea industry professionals and the public. The Colorado-based event takes place July 28-29 at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, one of the preeminent teahouses...

Black Tea Earns Endorsement from European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has awarded Unilever a positive opinion on its heath claim that black tea improves people’s attention span. The EFSA endorsement is a first involving tea. The head of Unilever R&D and lead scientist, Dr. Amelia Jarman said the claim is based on company research involving human trials. Unilever...

Interim Wage Hike Quiets Assam but Darjeeling Remains Unsettled

The government of Assam just awarded tea workers wage increases of INRs30 ($0.45) per day through 2019 as an interim step in the ongoing negotiations to achieve wage parity in the Brahmaputra and Barak River valleys. Meanwhile in West Bengal tensions are rising with the announcement of a three-day strike late this month. Tea...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Returns To New York

LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® announced it is returning to New York City through its new franchisee, Hudson River Coffee & Tea, a venture of operators, developers and real estate professionals. Hudson River Coffee & Tea will open 100 franchise locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea...

Coffee Chains Introduce New Retail Items

Starbucks rolls out packaged Teavana while Peet’s Coffee expands ready-to-drink presence Two coffeehouse chains have rolled out new retail items this week, with Starbucks rehabilitating its Teavana brand in packaged form and Peet’s Coffee expanding its national presence with a new line of shelf-stable ready-to-drink beverages. Seattle-based Starbucks has completed the closure of its...

American Specialty Tea Alliance is Open for Business

The American Specialty Tea Alliance (ASTA) is a newly registered non-profit founded to champion the tea industry’s small business segment. Its mission “is to grow interest in specialty tea, in both the tea industry and the public, through education and community, by facilitating collaboration between our members, by bolstering the quality and tenability of...

Assam Labor Abuse Inspires Public Awareness Campaign

Assam’s largest tea estates have been cited in disturbing reports of labor abuse and child trafficking the past few years, tarnishing the reputation and marketability of one of the world’s best-known teas. Four years ago, the World Bank, university researchers, and NGOs investigating mistreatment led to critical and widespread media coverage. The resulting consumer...

Turmoil at DAVIDsTEA Leads to Missed Opportunity

MONTREAL, Quebec DAVIDsTEA President and CEO Joel Silver resigned this week after a vicious proxy battle that returned control of the public company to co-founder Herschel Segal. A block of investors, led by TDM Asset Management Director Benjamin Gisz, and supported by proxy consultants Glass, Lewis & Co., vigorously objected to a seven-member slate...