Tea

DAVIDsTEA Investment Partners Sue to Remove Executive Chairman

Shares of DAVIDsTEA fell to a 12-month low of $2.30 last week following a proxy fight, board resignations and a shareholder’s lawsuit seeking to remove co-founder Herschel Segal as executive chair. The company operates 240 tea shops in the U.S. and Canada. Shares were $30 when the company went public in 2015 and were...

Tea Bag Art Beautifully Embodies Intricacy and Simplicity

Photos courtesy of Ruby Silvious Artist Ruby Silvious repurposes used tea bags as her canvases, turning material that people often discard into beautiful works of art. The tea bag art includes a broad range of subjects—all depicted in colorful, intricate detail. Silvious, who was born and raised in Tacloban City in the Philippines, was...

Tea Companies Benefit from the Global Tea Championship

Participating in the Global Tea Championship, a competition that draws tea purveyors from around the world, benefits everyone. Judges Lydia Kung, owner of Verileaf Fine Teas and Eliot Jordan, vice president of Mighty Leaf, share their insights as to why tea companies should enter regardless of whether they win medals. Jordan is one of...

First LEED Certified Tea Factory Opens in Oregon

Yogi Tea celebrated the grand opening of its new LEED certified factory in Eugene, Oregon, August 11. “[LEED certification] was a natural fit for us and what that company stands for and believes in,” said Giancarlo Marcaccini, CEO of Yogi Tea. “It’s a beautiful building, it’s inspiring and it shows how far we’ve come...

Sustainability of Assam’s Tea Industry Questioned

Stagnant prices lead industry captains to question the long-term sustainability of the tea industry in Assam. Speaking at the general meeting of the Assam Tea Planters’ Association (ATPA), the oldest body of ethnic tea planters in the Brahmaputra Valley, India Tea Board Chairman Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah last month cautioned that if the price of...

West Bengal Tea Planters Appeal to Workers to Accept Wage Compromise

WEST BENGAL, India A three-day strike last week by more than 400,000 tea workers from Darjeeling to the Dooars and Terai tea growing regions halted production at hundreds of tea gardens leading to a loss in volume and quality according to planters. The region is “in no position to bear any further disruptions,” according...

Budding Products: Creative Kombuchas

Taste GT’s Unity Kombucha Beverly Hills, California-based GT’s Living Foods introduced its limited-edition Unity kombucha for the summer. Two hands clasping in unity distinguishes its package design. The Unity kombucha flavor is a blend of cherry, coconut and lemongrass. It is available through Aug. 31. GT’s also is promoting its “Unity” Spotify playlist by...

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...

Meet the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Competition Judges

Meet the judges for the Global Tea Championship’s Iced Tea Competition, which takes place August 16 in Montebello, California. John Cullicott has more than 16 years of tea industry experience. As President and COO of Walters Bay, he has helped develop the grower-direct business model, which prioritizes sustainability, traceability and transparency. Read more here....