Tea

Follow the Leaders: Transparency

Unilever recently became the first multinational food company to reveal in detail its entire supply chain of 300 direct palm oil growers supplying 1,400 mills. In announcing the decision Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman said, “Unilever is committed to greater transparency. A lot of people think if you outsource your value chain you can outsource...

Song Tea & Ceramics’ Peter Luong Loves Tea, Not ’Tude

Peter Luong is not a tea mystic. The founder of San Francisco’s Song Tea & Ceramics knows and values the subtle, complex characteristics of tea, but displays a polite skepticism about the many claims for its physical and mental health-enhancing abilities. “I don’t like the ‘fetishing’ of tea,” he says. “Tea should just taste...

Budding Products: Functional Tea Launches and Changes

Aduna Launches New Super Teas London -based Aduna, a company known for its superfood powders and energy bars, has added two flavors to its Super Teas line. Turmeric and Hibiscus blends join Moringa, Baobab and Cacao to form a collection of five super teas. The pyramid bags include whole pieces of fruit, leaves, herbs,...

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...

Budding products: Refreshing Summertime Teas

ITO EN Launched Oi Ocha RTD Tea ITO EN  introduced its new organic Oi Ocha ready-to-drink tea to the United States market at the Summer Fancy Food Show June 29-July 2 in New York City. The refreshing tea is made from USDA-certified organic whole green tea leaves, purified water and natural vitamin C (ascorbic...

Tea Industry Influencers Talk Traditions that Capture Customers

World Tea News asked tea industry influencers: What traditions continue to capture customers? Here are their responses. High tech tea brewing continues to allure, but nothing replaces artisan, hand-brewed service. The increasing ubiquity of slow bars in fine cafes gives a perfect “in” for slow bar tea. And I think the two can co-exist...

How These Professional Football Players Kicked Off NYA TEA

Brothers Kai and David Oredugba built upon their experiences as professional football players when forming their tea company, NYA TEA. NYA TEA stands for “Not Your Average Tea.” Nya also means “new” in Swedish. Here is why the name fits. After playing college football for the University of California, Los Angeles, Kai—whose full name...