Tea at Fancy Food Show 2014

talbottteasSprinkled between the hundreds of other gourmet food products at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, tea exhibitors managed to be recognized as trendsetters and leaders by event organizers and foodie journalists. Chocolate flavored teas were considered hot and the owners of two tea brands won industry awards. Tyler Gage of Runa Tea claimed the Citizenship Award for their support of the people of Ecuador and Ron Rubin of Republic of Tea was recognized for his business leadership. In his acceptance speech, Gage noted that he was born the same year that Ron Rubin and Republic of Tea first exhibited at the Fancy Food Show.

Walking a show of this diversity, it’s interesting to see the impact that tea has on the food industry and the education that exhibiting businesses provide. Hoping to capture some of the restaurant and grocery trade, the nearly sixty tea products illustrate tea’s diversity and flair, making it an increasingly popular food product.

Babette Donaldson

About Babette Donaldson

Babette Donaldson is the author of the newly published, Everything Healthy Tea (Adams Media) and the series of tea-themed storybooks, The Emma Lea (Blue Gate Books. She has a BA in Creative Writing and in Ceramic Art from San Francisco State University. During her graduate work in ceramics she was introduced to world of tea. “Interpret Teapot” was a frequent assignment requiring research into the worldwide history and culture of tea. Studies of the leaf and brew were the logical net steps. “When I discovered the health benefits, I decided to devote my time to popularizing tea with children. I would like them to discover alternatives to canned sodas and thrive on tea gatherings with their families.” Tea Suite was her first tea business, creating a non-profit tea fundraising program supporting art education in schools.