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AVPA Names Teas of the World Winners

AVPA Announces Teas of the World Contest Winners | India Lifts Tea Blending Ban | Low Green Leaf Prices Distress Assam Smallholders | PLUS Nishchal Banskota, founder of the Nepal Tea Collective, shares his vision of a public benefit corporation that shifts the focus to creating value for every stakeholder in tea – not just shareholders.

Carine Baudry chaired this year’s AVPA juries.

Tea News for the week ending October 21

Competitors earned 25 Gourmet Gold, 36 Silver, and 34 Bronze medals last week in the 5th Teas of the World International Contest in Paris. The competition awarded 95 medals in two broad categories: Monovarietal Teas and Infusions, Blends, and Scented Teas. Taiwan dominated the Camellia Sinensis categories, earning eight of 17 gold medals collectively. Chinese growers earned four gold medals, followed by Vietnam with two.

Click to view Monovarietal Winners | Infusions and Blends Winners

| India Lifts Tea Blending Ban

Tea tensions between Nepal and India eased somewhat this week as India lifted a ban on blending Nepali tea imports with domestically grown Darjeeling.

| Low Green Leaf Prices Distress Assam Smallholders

Growers on small tea farms in Assam must now pay wages equal to those at the largest commercial gardens. In August the Assam government announced a 27 rupee increase in the minimum daily wage to 232 rupees. Workers, mainly women, who pluck 24 kilos of tea (about 50 pounds a day) will now earn about 9.5 rupees for every kilo plucked. Read this in-depth report by Assam correspondent Roopak Goswami.

| PLUS Nishchal Banskota, the founder of the Nepal Tea Collective, shares his vision of a public benefit corporation that shifts the focus to creating value for every stakeholder in tea – not just shareholders.

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