Kenya

Kenya Court Halts Unilever Voluntary Retirement Program

Kenya is experiencing a tense transition as owners of colonial-era tea plantations abandon tightly held vertical supply chains in favor of less expensive and more agile options for sourcing and processing tea. Unilever’s Kericho tea operations, which date to 1924, include 20 estates spanning 21,500 acres (8,700 hectares) and eight factories that produce 32...

Innovation in Kenyan Teas

Kenya grows some superb teas that lose identity as the crop moves through bush-to-cup logistics and ends up as a commodity ingredient in a tea bag blend. The value chain is marked by many disconnects: conflicting interests, resource gaps, climate volatility, financial structures and global market factors. Much of Kenya’s tea policy and negotiation...

World Tea Expo Country Tour: Tea Producing Countries’ Points of Pride

Every tea producing country has location and terroir characteristics that influence plant composition and make its tea taste unique. These distinguishing characteristics have become points of pride for each country. Here are some details that give each country’s tea its own flavor profile. China China’s tea industry has evolved to include the old mixing...

World Tea Tour: The 3 Ps of Kenyan Tea

What to know, the education sessions to attend and some booths to visit at World Tea Expo to get the full view of what’s happening with Kenyan tea today. In Kenya, the cultivation and marketing of purple tea and the promotion of Kenyan tea as single-origin are trending. The Kenyan tea industry is also...

Lipton Partners with WE to Empower and Support Female Tea Farmers in Kenya

Tea company commits to providing financial and business tools to 80,000 Kenyan women ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lipton and WE are working together to empower 80,000 women in tea farming communities across Kenya by providing them access to financial and business skills training. Program participants will learn financial fundamentals from...

Pakistan Reverses Mandatory Testing for Tea Aflatoxins

Kenya has displaced India in recent years as a favored trading partner with Pakistan, one of the world’s largest tea consuming countries. In 2017 Pakistan purchased $495 million of mainly black tea, about 40 percent of Kenya’s export earnings from tea. That expanding relationship was put to the test in January when Pakistan adopted...

Moringa Could Be the New Matcha

ME Corporation is striving to make more Americans aware of moringa’s antioxidant-rich, superfood status. Moringa, also known as the “Ben oil tree,” is a deciduous tree that grows rapidly in warm climates in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The tree’s leaves, stems and seeds can all be consumed. Jeanne Ngo Yockbag and her husband,...

Upheaval Marks 2017 Black CTC Exports

Global demand for tea shows no sign of abating in 2018, but there is evidence of significant upheaval in the export market for black tea. Erratic weather is to blame for seasonal variances, but so too is the emerging consumer preference for green tea and herbals. Seizures for adulteration and a random beetle also...

6 Ways to Mark International Tea Day

International Tea Day was founded Dec. 15, 2005, in New Delhi, India, to foster awareness of tea workers, their contributions and their conditions. Several trade unions and international organizations convened at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, in 2004 and in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2005 and decided to establish International Tea Day....