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News for the week ending January 13

Podcast Episode 99

This week, Nathalie Roos, CEO of ekaterra tea, announced, “with pride and enthusiasm, our corporate name change to LIPTON Teas and Infusions.”

Lipton writes that the rebranding will strengthen the company’s position as the world’s number one tea business and affirm its approach as a consumer-centric organization. Ekaterra currently generates €2 billion in annual turnover from sales in 150 countries. In addition, the name change includes non-traditional brands in the ekaterra portfolio, such as Pukka and TAZO. The company owns 34 brands, including PG Tips, the T2 retail chain, and regional brands such as Brooke Bond Red Label and Bushell’s in Australia. 

| The First of Seven Ag-Focused Satellites is Safely in Orbit
The SpaceX Transporter safely delivered the first Agri-Focused Earth Observation Satellite (EOS) into orbit on Jan. 3. The constellation of seven satellites will each monitor one million square kilometers daily, covering 100% of the most significant areas of farm and forestlands, about 98% of the globe’s land surface. The satellites, designed by Dragonfly Aerospace, scan 13 bands to generate panchromatic and multispectral imagery to monitor daily crop growth, water stress, weed spread, the presence of pests, and temperature variations. Tea growers can use the data to precisely control CO2 emissions, cut energy consumption, decrease water usage and reduce losses to pests. 

| The Specialty Tea Institute Ceases Operations
According to Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the U.S.A, the decision was driven by economics and a decline in interest. He said that STI will not accept membership applications in 2023 and will not conduct classes shortly. Goggi writes that STI could not offer many courses over the last three years due to COVID and had experienced a dramatic drop in both membership and interested students. STI is the association’s educational arm, offering primary through advanced training. The institute’s Certified Tea Specialist and Certified STI Instructor credentials and STI Tea Mentors program were well respected with participation by tea professionals around the world.

Fresh Thinking for a New Era in Tea
By Dan Bolton

Brook37 founder Mou Dasgupta says the new era of tea involves not just introducing it but also explaining how you consume it. “We are saying that traditionally you drink tea from a cup, but why not break the barriers and drink tea from a champagne glass or chill the tea and drink it in a martini glass? Make other drinks using tea. Open your imagination, don’t be bound by the past. Take our old drink, modernize it, and do fun things with tea. The younger generation may find it more interesting.” Listen to the Interview

Tea News for the week ending January 6

The end of China’s dynamic zero-COVID policy is returning vitality to the travel, outbound tourism, restaurant and catering, and entertainment sectors, all of which benefit tea sales. But easing track-and-trace rules also enabled consumers to circulate, leading to a steep incline in viral infections.

| The World’s Top Black Tea Producers Report Export Declines in 2022

Export volume in Kenya and Sri Lanka, two of the world’s top three black tea-exporting countries, declined in 2022. Data is preliminary, and the reasons vary as weather, geopolitics, and pandemic-induced economic setbacks resulted in another lackluster year for trading tea.

| What do We Value about tea, and How Do We Value It? Speakers at the 8th Annual Global Tea Initiative Colloquium on Jan. 19 at the University of California, Davis, discuss Tea and Value. Register free at globaltea.ucdavis.edu

| PLUS Grace Farms is introducing a line of ethically and sustainably sourced teas that co-founder and CEO Adam Thatcher says will give back 100% of profits to help end forced labor worldwide – forever. According to Thatcher, “even though slavery was abolished globally nearly a century ago, more than 28 million people are trapped in forced labor worldwide. Poverty and lack of access to education create opportunities for those who stand to benefit from the exploitation of vulnerable men, women, and children. In modern times forced labor takes the form of work with little to no pay, fear and coercion, and restricted freedom of movement.

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Tea News for the week ending December 9

Without explanation, Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture has stopped registering contracts with Indian suppliers to export tea, rice, and other commodities. Registration is required before Indian goods can be offloaded in Iran.

| China Eases COVID Restrictions

China has eased travel restrictions and will permit people to enter public buildings without showing negative test results (except schools, hospitals, and nursing homes). Residents can travel freely within the country, but international travelers must still endure an eight-day quarantine on arrival. The country remains closed to tourists. The immediate impact of lifting restrictions will be a surge in infections due to a low vaccination rate.

| World Bank Report Reveals Investment Opportunities for Expanding India’s Cold Chain

Cold storage capacity in India has grown steadily. Still, a gap of 3.27 million metric tons for long-term storage of fresh produce remains, according to a World Bank report on investment opportunities presented at a government-hosted conference on developing India’s cooling sector.

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| PLUS THIRST has completed its initial assessment of human rights in the global tea sector and is now seeking to understand the root causes. THIRST founder and CEO Sabita Banerji says the non-profit will conduct confidential surveys of tea producers during the New Year. In this episode, she discusses the process with South Asia Correspondent Aravinda Anantharaman.

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Tea News for the week ending December 2

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) annually recognizes cultural practices and traditional crafts worthy of safeguarding. On Dec. 1, UNESCO named two tea traditions to the list, citing traditional Chinese tea processing techniques that “entail knowledge, skills, and practices around tea plantation management, tea-leaf picking, and manual processing. These are passed on through families and apprenticeships, including by tea producers, farmers, and artists, as well as those who make the pastries that are typically served with tea.”

UNESCO also inscribed the Culture of Çay (tea), “a symbol of identity, hospitality, and social interaction.” In a joint application submitted in March 2021, Azerbaijan and Türkiye described their tea culture as “an essential part of social and cultural life and an important social practice aiming to show hospitality, celebrate important moments in the lives of communities and help them to build and maintain social relationships and enjoy moments by drinking tea for social exchange and interaction.

| Black Friday Lives Up to its Name as US shoppers set in-store and online sales records

| Australian Study Shows Elderly Women Benefit from Tea Flavonoids

| PLUS Tea Biz travels to Tucson, Arizona, for the grand opening of a 2200 sq. ft. combination tea shop, tearoom, warehouse, and online fulfillment center. Andrew McNeill, Business Development Director at Seven Cups Fine Chinese Tea, says that stay-at-home tea drinkers experimenting with specialty teas are eager to share the experience of tea discovery face-to-face.

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Tea News for the week ending November 11

“We cannot ignore the race to resilience in our race to zero,” says Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt. Developing countries will need $1 trillion a year in external financing by 2030 to cut emissions, boost resilience, restore land, and repair damage caused by increasingly destructive climate events, according to a report released by organizers of the United Nations Climate Summit (COP27). Total investment in developing countries will require $2.4 trillion by 2030, a sum beyond government budgets. Climate finance by the private sector, both foreign and domestic, is key to solving today’s development challenges. According to the report, the current investment is around $500 million. The report was jointly funded by hosts Egypt and the United Kingdom. 

| Bangladesh Production Rebounds After Strike
| A Tea Tourism Handbook Elevates Immersive Travel

| PLUS Tea Biz explores exotic Jeju Island off the southern coast of South Korea, where Wild Orchard Regenerative Tea is grown. Michael D. Ham, co-founder and company president, describes in detail the biodiverse cultivation and multiple washing of leaves while processing these award-winning teas.

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Tea News for the week ending November 4

Carman Allison, vice president of thought leadership at Nielsen IQ in Toronto, describes the unusual combination of slow growth and job gains set against rising interest rates and sharply higher inflation as a “consumer recession.

“We are all trained to understand that you need two consecutive quarters of GDP contraction for a country to be officially in a recession. But we also know that by the time that actually happens, a lot of the economy is already in a recession,” he explains.

| The International Tea Academy Awards its First “Leafies”
| Sales of Herbal Infusions are Expected to Double this Decade

| PLUS Canadian Economist Sylvain Charlebois, senior director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, sees a lot of positives for the tea industry but cautioned that inflation is an economic disease that will linger. Supply chain challenges remain. He said the macro-dynamics around commodities are getting more complicated, adding, “The fall is not going to be easy.”

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Sri Lanka Tea Sector Opposes Doubling Corporate Tax Rate

Tea News for the week ending October 28

The proposed increase to a maximum of 30% from 24% of earnings is needed to qualify for a $2.9 billion bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The only sector earning significant foreign exchange revenue is Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Production is down by 20%, but growers are getting record prices at auction. The tea sector generated $819 million during the first eight months and is on track to earn around $1.2 billion, comparable to the $1.3 billion in 2021 exports. In an open letter published Oct. 17,  the Tea Export Association “earnestly requests the government to maintain the concessionary corporate income tax rate of 14% for the tea sector for its long-term sustainability, which will ultimately bring in much higher growth dividends for the economy.”

| Vietnamese Tea Exports Experience Slow Decline

Vietnamese tea exports declined sharply during COVID and have yet to recover. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, tea exports are down 6.4% by volume to 54,000 metric tons through June 2022. Revenue from tea exports was $94 million, which is 1.3% lower than during the same period last year. The Ministry of Industry and Trade estimated annual revenue from tea exports averaged $173.2 million during the years 2016-2020. At that time, Vietnam accounted for 2.4% of the global value of tea exports.

| Kenya to Expand its Orthodox Tea Capability

Kenya’s new administration is investing millions in its tea sector to generate jobs and boost foreign exchange. Two weeks ago, President William Ruto announced that the government would construct a modern tea processing and packaging facility in Mombasa. Simultaneously the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) asked the government for Ksh800 million ($6 million) to expand production lines at 10 of its 12 orthodox tea factories. KTDA currently produces five million kilos of high-value specialty tea.

| PLUS Joydeep Phukan, the Principal Officer and Secretary of India’s Tea Research Association, discusses a standards update to better align good practices with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Growers worldwide adhere to the Tocklai Tea Research Institute’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards. Introduced in September, the new standards will be fully implemented in January 2023.

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AVPA Names Teas of the World Winners

Tea News for the week ending October 21

Competitors earned 25 Gourmet Gold, 36 Silver, and 34 Bronze medals last week in Paris’s 5th Teas of the World International Contest. The competition awarded 95 medals in two broad categories: Monovarietal Teas and Infusions, Blends, and Scented Teas. Taiwan collectively earned eight of 17 gold medals in the Camellia Sinensis categories. 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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Dietary Recommendations for Flavanols Found in Tea

Tea News for the week ending October 14

Following years of discussion, nutrition researchers published the first intake recommendations for a bioactive compound and are now pressing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to add plant-based flavanols to their dietary recommendations due to their significant health benefits.

| Colombo Tea Prices Reach an All-Time High
| India Rolls Out a Digital Retail Network for Small Grocers

| PLUS Tea growers in Kumaon, India, turn to Young Mountain Tea founder Raj Vabel to finance the construction of a farmer-owned tea processing facility large enough to sustain a village of several hundred workers.

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Kenya to Invest in National Tea Brand

Tea News for the week ending October 7

President Ruto makes value addition in tea exports a priority and announces a new public-privately funded tea processing and packaging facility in Dongo Kundu, Mombasa

| Euromonitor Report Advises Retailers to Target Customers by Type
| Lipton to Launch a Hard Tea Brand in 2023

| PLUS Peris Mudida, chief executive officer of the newly re-established Kenya Tea Board in Nairobi, shares her vision and describes the tea board’s mandate to regulate, sustainably develop, and promote the tea sub-sector.

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Per Capita Tea Consumption Rises to 800 Grams

Tea News for the week ending September 30

In London, the International Tea Committee revises the per capita benchmark globally to an average of 800 grams, noting a 113% increase in tea consumption during the past 20 years.

| Parcel Carriers Hike Rates as Delivery Demand Declines
| Tea Drinkers Experience Lower Risk of Diabetes

| PLUS Meet Padmanabhan Subramaniam, a remarkable tea farmer from the Nilgiris whose Facebook series “Knowledge Sharing is Caring” showcases farmers’ successes and achievements.
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FAO Report: Sustainable Ag Stalled

Tea News for the week ending September 23

Sustainability remains a priority and is trending, but the implementation of the UN FAO’s Agriculture goals has been greatly hampered by war, COVID-19, and climate change

| Tea Relief for Pakistan
| MK Shah Exports vs. Outsider in Bidding Contest for McLeod Russel India

| PLUS PLUS Jami Lewchik discusses TAZO’s long-term ambition to transform its products and the brand’s entire business operations into a regenerative approach.
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Stubborn Inflation Nudges US Economy Toward Recession Cliff

Tea News for the week ending September 16

Tea brands should brace for a downturn as core inflation increased this month, undermining consumer confidence.

| Starbucks Announces a Retail Renaissance
| Orthodox Tea Exports Fall Short of Demand

| PLUS Hayleys MD Roshan Rajadurai discusses how Sri Lankan plantations adapted and continue to produce tea during the country’s worst economic crisis. Listen to the interview.

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There’s Ample Tea for Sanctioned Russians

Tea News for the week ending September 9

| Six months after the US and EU imposed sanctions, the tea aisles in Russian grocery stores display few European brands, but the shelves are not bare.
| Kenya’s Tea Industry Suffers Collateral Damage Due to Sanctions
| Tata Consumer Products is on the Hunt
| PLUS A conversation with Kevin Gascoyne on the Evolution of Experiential Retail
evident in the reimagined and remodeled Camellia Sinensis tea house in Montreal. Gascoyne, a partner in the venture, says, “Our stores have always offered options to smell the tea, but we wanted to capture that special tasting moment and offer the possibility to take it further.” Listen to the interview.

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China Heatwave Deadly to Tea and Man

Tea News for the week ending September 2

| China’s Summer Tea Yields Decline Sharply, Autumn Teas in Jeopardy
| Bangladesh Tea Workers End Nationwide Strike
| Study Shows Tea Drinkers Live a Little Longer
| PLUS Alan Lai, founder, and CEO of ProfilePrint, describes how the company’s prescriptive and predictive digital food analyzer distills sensory data from plant-based samples in seconds, creating a digital fingerprint that describes the quality, origin, and composition of tea.

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Peak Holiday Season Predictions

Tea News for the week ending August 19

| Experts Anticipate Holiday eTailing to Top $1 Trillion
| Bangladesh Tea Workers Strike Nationwide
| Green Tea is Good for the Gut
| PLUS Together for H2OPE | Numi Organic Tea is partnering with two organizations, Waves for Water and MPOWERD, to raise $1 million to provide clean, safe drinking water and solar-powered lights and charging devices for up to 550,000 displaced Ukrainians.

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Tea News for the week ending August 12

| Ingredients in Four TAZO Reformulations are Verified Regenerative
| Tea Labor Unrest Escalates in Bangladesh
| Canada Requires “High In” Front-of-Pack Nutrition Warning Labels
| PLUS Cold-Brewed Calm in a Can | Equitea co-founder Quentin Vinnie discusses three new condition-specific canned, cold-brewed tea blends to ease anxiety and depression, improve focus, and calm young people coping with ADHD.

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Tea News for the week ending August 5

| India and Nepal both Want to Review and Revise their 1950 Friendship Treaty
| IMF Bailout Talks with Sri Lanka to Resume
| Kenya’s Ag Minister Reverses the Government’s Position Favoring Mechanization
| PLUS  Aasha Bhandari, international trade and promotion executive at HIMCOOP, the Himalaya Tea Producers Co-operative, describes how Asia’s enthusiasm for golden tips powered Nepalese tea producers through the pandemic.

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Tea News for the week ending July 29

| Survey: Gen Z Describes Post-COVID Yearning for Quieter Activities
| Retail Frontline Workers Exhausted and Underappreciated
| India’s Tea Employment Plateau
| PLUS  Emilie Jackson, founder of Emilie’s French Teas in Kansas City, Missouri, discusses the ongoing evolution of specialty retail at independent shops and tearooms.

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Tea News for the week ending July 22

| Indian Tea Exports to the Russian Federation in April were up 19%
| Reinvention is Routine at Starbucks
| South Africa Rooibos Industry Makes First Payout to Indigenous Communities
| PLUS Niraj de Mel, Sri Lanka’s newly appointed tea board chair, is rallying tea industry stakeholders in the face of formidable challenges.

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Tea News for the week ending July 15

| Tea is Sri Lanka’s Reliable Source of Foreign Cash
| India’s Monsoon Rainfall Exceeds 2021 Totals
| Vancouver Hosts Canada’s Biggest Bubble Tea Festival
| PLUS More than a Medal, the 5th Edition of the Teas of the World International Contest is underway. Tea producers from around the world are invited to submit entries to AVPA, the Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products. Samples are due in Paris on Aug. 1.

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Tea News for the week ending July 8

| Nathalie Roos is Now CEO of the World’s Largest Tea Company
| Coca-Cola Launches a Bottled Herbal Tea Line in China
| A Tea-Scented Perfume Wins a Prestigious Art and Olfaction (A+OA) Award
| PLUS Tea Book Club founder Kyle Whittington reviews The Teabowl: East and West, by Dr. Bonnie Kemske, a ceramic artist, curator, and long-time student of the Japanese tea ceremony. 

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Tea News for the week ending July 1

| Mandatory Quarantine for Visitors to China Reduced to 7 Days
| Sri Lanka Crisis Worsens Greatly Impairing Tea Production
| Sustainability Survey Reveals the Tea Industry’s Cautious Optimism
| PLUS The high incidence of fatal encounters among tea workers interacting with elephants, leopards, and snakes in the vast tea estates of Assam, is a concern that led two Goodricke Group senior managers – who are avid wildlife photographers – to capture animal behavior as situational awareness is critical in avoiding human-animal conflicts.  Click to listen.

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Tea News for the week ending June 24

| Indicators signal global downturn already pressuring retail
| Kenya Tea Prices Rebound, Smallholders Anticipate Big July Bonus
| Pakistan Asks Citizens to Cut Back on Tea
| PLUS Millennia Tea in New Brunswick, Canada sells raw tea leaves as food. The leaves are washed, chopped, formed into cubes, and frozen to be brewed as fresh green tea or blended in smoothies.

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Tea News for the week ending June 10

| Ready-to-drink teas in the US grew to $8 billion in 2021
| Honest Tea Co-Founder Seth Goldman Will Launch a Rival Tea Brand
| Tea Parcels Contribute to Record Carrier Volume
| PLUS Teaching Tea Teachers Suzette Hammond, founder of Chicago-based Being Tea, describes an expanded eight-month course on how to be a brilliant tea educator.

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Tea News for the week ending June 3

| India Cracks Down on Teas that Fail Food Safety Standard
| Tea Bushes Globally are Taking a Beating this Spring Due to Climate Change
| UK Tea Academy Announces “The Leafies” a Whole Leaf Tea Competition
| PLUS On its 6th Anniversary Tea Journey magazine announces a new portal for tea professionals and enthusiasts and surveys readers on their needs and preferences.

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Tea News for the week ending May 27

| Coca-Cola Discontinues the Iconic Honest Tea Brand
| FAO: Embracing Sustainable Agriculture is Essential for Tea Smallholders
| Starbucks Exits the Russian Market after 15 years, closing 130 locations
| PLUS On the northern shores of Lake Superior in Ontario, Canada, Anishinaabe tea blenders of the First Nation’s Obijwe clan combine locally harvested wild rice with imported Japanese sencha to create roasted wild rice known as Manoomin Cha, a version of genmaicha.

Caption: Denise Atkinson and Marc Bohémier introduce their North American version of genmaicha.

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Tea News for the week ending May 20

| UN FAO Hosts International Tea Day Webcast | Register
| Tea Day Sofa Summit is on May 23
| Global Instability is Suppressing East African Tea Prices
| PLUS Good Earth is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the revival of two beloved teas.

Caption: Sneha Balasubramaniam, Head of Marketing and Innovation at Tata Consumer Products

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Tea News for the week ending May 13

| China’s tea value increased by $4.4 billion to $43.2 billion in 2021
| International Tea Day is May 21
| Sofa Summit is on May 23
| PLUS Yunomi.Life founder Ian Chun discusses Japan’s resurgent tea export market and the remarkable story of the record-setting two-million-yen hand-rolled green tea.

Caption: Ian Chun

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Tea News for the week ending May 6

| Exporters Seek to Bypass US and EU Sanctions
| COVID Surge Makes Tea Packing Unpredictable
| Special Report: Beyond Tea Cuisine
PLUS Tea Retail Powers Perception | South Asia Editor and Producer Aravinda Anantharaman concludes a two-part series on Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 29

| Tea Health Research Reveals Results from Suggestive to Compelling
| COVID-Influenced Consumer Behaviors Present New Opportunities for the Tea Industry
| Sri Lanka Tea Exports Decline 10%
PLUS South Asia Editor and Producer Aravinda Anantharaman begins a two-part series on Realigning the Marketing of Indian Tea.

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 22

| Lockdowns Delay Delivery of China’s Early Harvest
| The Crisis in Sri Lanka Worsens
| Shizuoka Hand-Rolled Tea Brings Record Price at Auction
PLUS founder Jane Pettigrew describes the remarkable evolution of the UK Tea Academy into an innovative global tea education resource that has emerged from the chaos of COVID-19.

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 15

| Now is the Time to Invest in Our Planet
| Smallholders Now Own Rwanda’s Largest Tea Factory
| Mombasa Tea Auction Completes its Switch to Digital
| PLUS Ukraine’s only tea garden is producing tasty oolongs from cold-resistant plants that have survived decades of heavy snow during long winters at temperatures as low as 26 degrees below zero Celsius.

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 8

| A Global Recession Looms
| Assam to Open First High Schools for Children of Tea Workers
| PLUS The latest installment in Frugal Innovations features Varun, a device to recirculate exhaust from tea dryers named after the Hindu God of Wind.

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Tea News for the week ending Apr. 1

| Export Earnings Are Down 4.5% as Sri Lanka Reports Lowest Yield in 13 years
| China Faces a Qing Ming Quandary Due to COVID-19
| PLUS Listen to why Sri Lanka is Pursuing a Geographical Indication for its 150-year-old Ceylon tea brand

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Tea News for the week ending Mar. 25

| Expect Strong Venture Capital Support for Food & Beverage in 2022
| Join Tea Biz “On The Floor” at the World Tea Conference + Expo
| PLUS Listen to how the Boba Guys are Building a Gateway to Tea

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Tea News for the week ending Mar. 18

| Teacups are in No Danger of Running Dry in Russia
| A Tea Party at the Top of the World
| 20th Anniversary World Tea Expo Opens Monday in Las Vegas
| PLUS Rajiv Lochan on the Rise of India’s New Tea Growing Regions

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Tea News for the week ending Mar. 11

| Payment Concerns Further Disrupt Tea Supply Chain
| Once Unleashed, Sanctions Have an Unpredictable Bite
| Extreme Winter Transitions to a Gentle Spring
| PLUS ITC Chair Ian Gibbs Discusses the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Tea Trade

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Tea News for the week ending Mar. 4

| Sanctions and Uncertainty Halt Tea Shipments
| Duncans Troubled Tea Estates are Bought out of Bankruptcy
| How the Pandemic Transformed Tea Tourism, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| PLUS Tea Trader Anil Cooke Explains Sri Lanka’s Response to Tea Market Turmoil

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Tea News for the week ending Feb. 25

| FAO: Tea Industry Can Help Transform the Global AgriFood System
| Domestic Demand Drives Bangladesh’s Surge in Tea Production
| Advances in Health & Welfare, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| PLUS Taster Extraordinaire Mike Bunston Describes His First Bubble Tea

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Tea News for the week ending Feb. 18

| Tea Consumption Globally is Accelerating as Production Lags
| Hangzhou Launches Digital Authentication for West Lake Longjing
| Tea Acquisitions and Mergers Were Few in 2021, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| PLUS The Cultural Heritage of Yaupon

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Tea News for the week ending Feb. 11

| Restaurants Claw Back Toward Normal
| Nepal Tea Exports Plunge
| Tea is a Bit Tepid in Grocery, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| PLUS Brazil Announces a National Celebration of Tea Culture

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Tea News for the week ending Feb. 4

| Finlays’ and Firmenich Partner in Tea and Coffee
| Japan Tea Exports Rise to New Record
| Nothing is Normal in Logistics, a TEANIN22 Forecast

| PLUS IDH Living Wage Roadmap

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Tea News for the week ending Jan. 28

| Intestinal Bacteria Tied to Lower COVID-19 Deaths
| Food Inflation Eases a Bit
| Global Panel of ISTA Tasters are Calibrated to Judge Tea Quality

| PLUS Trade and Tariffs Boost Globalization, a TEANIN22 Forecast

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Tea News for the week ending Jan. 21

| Kenya’s Sagging Price Floor is Firming Up
| The Pandemic Shuffles Global Tea Export Ranks
| Finlays’ Includes Tea in its Top Beverage Trends

| PLUS India Realigns and Reinvigorates Tea Sector, a TEANIN22 Forecast

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Tea News for the week ending Jan. 14

| Beyond Regulation: Promotion and Development are India’s New Priority
| Global Tea Harvest Review, a TEANIN22 Forecast
| BOH Malaysia Named Tea Brand of the Year

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Tea News for the week ending Jan. 7

| India Conducts its First Bharat Tea Auctions
| DNA Disqualifies Five in Lugu Farmers’ Tea Contest
| RTD Tea by Volume Continues a Five-Year Slide, a TEAIN22 Forecast

| PLUS Food as Medicine, 7th Global Tea Initiative Colloquium Keynote by Dr. Nada Milosavljevic, Harvard Medical School

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Tea News for the week ending Dec. 31
| Omicron Cancels Restaurant Reservations
| Foodservice Tea is Still Recuperating, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| Sri Lanka Barters $5 Million a Month in Tea to Settle Iran Oil Debt

| PLUS Managing Tea Mechanization

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Tea News for the week ending Dec. 17
| Bulk and Specialty Tea Prices Diverge, a TEAIN22 Forecast
| France to Fund GI Certification of Ceylon Tea
| Sotheby’s Inaugural Tea Auctions Total HKD8 Million

| PLUS Frugal Innovation, Part 2

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Tea News for the week ending Dec. 10
| Forecasters Predict Higher Tea Prices in 2022
| As Holiday Orders Ease, a Delivery Crisis Emerges
| Germans Set Tea Consumption Record Despite Lockdowns

| PLUS Frugal Innovation, Part 1

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Tea News for the week ending Dec. 3
| Ekaterra Tea CEO John Davison Gets Underway
| India Steps Up Efforts to Halt Illegal Tea Imports
| Chinese Archaeologists Discover Oldest Tea Yet

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Tea News for the week ending Nov. 26
| In the Black: Holiday Sales Surge
| CVC Capital Pays $5.1 Billion for Unilever Tea Portfolio
| Weather Stations: A Climate Change Imperative for Tea

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Tea news for the week ending Nov. 19
| Glasgow Climate Pact Boosts Morale, but Will Momentum Build?
| Drinking Tea Lowers Risk and Severity of Strokes
| Australian Golden Leaf Awards Return

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Tea News for the week ending Nov. 12
| Ekaterra Tea Pledges to be Net Zero at the UN Convention on Climate Change
| Grocery Shoppers Say They Will Pay More for Sustainably Produced Foods
| Inflation Demonstrates a Troubling Persistence

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Tea news for the week ending Nov. 5
| A New Theory on How Green Tea Promotes Longevity
| Globally the Bubble Tea Business is Frothing
| Assam Smallholder Collective Launches National Tea Brand

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Tea news for the week ending Oct. 29
| Fairtrade International Predicts Climate-Related Financial Disaster
| Chemical Fertilizer Supplies Disrupted
| Holiday Helpers Are in Short Supply

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Episode 40: Sri Lanka Abandons Fertilizer Ban

Tea news for the week ending Oct. 22
| Sri Lanka Abandons Fertilizer Ban for Tea
| Kenya’s KTDA Sets a Minimum Price for Auctioned Tea
| AVPA Announces Teas of the World Winners

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Episode 39: Food Inflation and Tea

Tea news for the week ending Oct. 15
| Food Inflation and Tea
| Tea Cargo Woes Worsen
| COVID’s Impact on North American Tea Market

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Episode 38: Producing Organic Tea at Scale

Tea news for the week ending Oct. 8
| India Announces Tea Industry Reforms
| US Considers Granting Exemptions to Chinese Tariffs
| A Tribute to Nepal Teamaker Morris Orchard

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Episode 37: Producing Organic Tea at Scale

Tea news for the week ending Oct. 1
| Kenya Exports Saturate the Black Tea Market
| COVID Depresses Japanese Tea Business in Unique Ways
| Unilever Recognized as Top Food and Agricultural Benchmark

| PLUS Organic Production at Scale at Mozambique’s Cha de Magoma

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Episode 36: Holiday Sales Forecast

Tea news for the week ending Sept. 24
| Retail Forecasters Predict Happy Holidays
| Restaurant Reticence is Declining
| Restructured DAVIDsTEA Expands into Pharmacies

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Episode 35: Bidders Line Up for Unilever Tea Portfolio

Tea news for the week ending Sept. 17
| Advent International Will Bid $4 Billion for Unilever’s Tea Portfolio
| India Considers Halting Imports of Nepal Tea
| US Sales of Herbal Supplements Reached Record $10 Billion in 2020

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Episode 34: Sri Lanka’s Organic Dream

Tea news for the week ending Sept. 10
| Sri Lanka Tea Yields Feared in Decline
| McLeod Russel Settlement Resolves Insolvency
| Bangladesh Tea Sector Returns to Pre-Pandemic Production Levels

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Episode 33: Delivery Delays

Tea news for the week ending Sept. 3
| Timely Tea Delivery Facing Troubled Waters
| Tea is Thriving in the Convenience Channel
| Iran Tea Production is Up 25 Percent

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Episode 32: Afghan Tea Market Concerns

Tea news for the week ending Aug. 27
| Afghan Tea Market Concerns as Taliban Conquers Kabul
| US Foodservice Recovery Rates Vary Widely by Sector
| Researchers Confirm Heart Healthy Aspects of Tea

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Episode 31: Why are Tea Tariffs Still in Place?

Tea news for the week ending Aug. 20
| Delta Delivers Foodservice Setback
| Why are Tea Tariffs Still in Place?
| Victory for Japanese Tea Marathon

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Episode 30: India’s Top Tea Producer Faces Bankruptcy

Tea news for the week ending Aug. 13
| McLeod Russell India Expected to Restructure
| Authentication Chemically Verifies Tea Origins
| Soggy Soil Keeps Terracotta Kulhads in Short Supply

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Episode 29: Is Tea Divisible?

Tea news for the week ending Aug. 6
| India Tea Auction Mandate Chafes Producers
| Smallholders Seek Higher Raw Leaf Minimums
| Sharetea Ranks 6th Among Fastest-Growing US Retail Chains

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Episode 28: Children Benefit from Drinking Tea

Tea news for the week ending July 30
| Research Reveals That Children Benefit from Drinking Tea
| A New Definition for Specialty Tea Gets Refined
| Unilever’s Tea Brand Divestiture is on Pace

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Episode 27: Differentiating Speciality Tea

Tea news for the week ending July 23
| New Criteria for Differentiating Specialty Tea
| Walmart Tea is 100% Certified by Rainforest Alliance
| Kenya Sets KTDA Tea Auction Price Minimums

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Episode 26: Rooibos Revived

Tea news for the week ending July 16
| Darjeeling is Experiencing a Severe Downturn
| Researchers Discover Expanded Role for Microbes in Tea Making
| Oxfam India Defines Living Wage for Assam Tea Workers

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Episode 25: World Tea Expo

Tea news for the week ending July 9
| EU Enforces Single-Use Plastics Ban
| Easing Iranian Sanctions Benefits Tea Trade
| Kenya Tea Auction Prices Plummet

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Episode 24: Reviving Darjeeling

Tea news for the week ending July 2
| Logistics Companies Invest to Right the Ship
| Kenya’s Newly Elected KTDA Board Ousts Executives
| Hain Celestial Streamlines its Tea Selections

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Episode 23: Adaptogens and Tea

Tea news for the week ending June 25
| Sri Lanka’s Clean Tea Ambitions
| COVID’s Toll on India’s Tea Garden Workers
| Tea Day Auction Yields Record Prices
| Nayuki’s Lucrative IPO

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Episode 22: India’s Spectacular Teas

Tea news for the week ending June 18
| Cold Brew is Trending for Iced Tea Month
| DAVIDsTEA in Canada Settles its Debts
| Kenya Exports Surge but Auction Prices Remain Low

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Episode 21: Sustainable Wholesale

Tea news for the week ending June 11
| Food Inflation Dampens Enthusiasm Over Rising Tea Prices
| India’s Tea Industry Under Duress
| The European Union Grants Rooibos GI Protection

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Episode 20: Japan Tea Marathon

Tea news for the week ending June 4
| Pandemic Powers Organic Sales
| Tea Cafes Cautiously Re-opening
| Tata Expands Direct-to-Customer Range
| Buyers Spend Big at Chinese International Tea Expo

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Episode 19: Himalaya Tea Opportunity

Tea news for the week ending May 28
| Tea History Collection Unveiled
| Indian Commodities Logjam
| THIRST Undertakes a Human Rights Analysis in Tea
| A Series of Major Quakes Rattle Yunnan

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Episode 18: International Tea Day

Tea news for the week ending May 21
| Assam Forbids Tea Workers to Isolate at Home
| Nepal’s First Flush Delayed
| Kagoshima May Soon Outproduce Shizuoka
| Hawaii Tea Harvest Report

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Episode 17: The Tranquility of Tea

Tea news for the week ending May 14
| Kenya is Becoming Unbearably Hot for Tea
| Brexit Disrupts UK Tea Trade
| Colombo Tea Auction Transformed

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Episode 16: Are Tea Auctions Still Relevant?

Tea news for the week ending May 7
| Dry Weather Worsens in Assam
| COVID Wave Sweeps Over Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
| Are Tea Auctions Still Relevant?
| Major Grocery Chains to Carry Flash-Frozen Tea Leaves
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Episode 15: Steadfast Darjeeling Continues to Evolve

Tea news for the week ending April 30
| Mombasa to Expand Tea Auctions to Five Days a Week
| Spiking Costs Trigger Russian Tea Price Increases
| A 6.4 Quake Shakes Assam, Factory Damage is Minor
| Vahdam Tea Mobilizes Emergency COVID Aid for India

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Episode 14: Earth Day Takes on New Urgency

Tea news for the week ending April 23
| Earth Day Takes on New Urgency
| Restaurants are Rebounding
| World Tea Expo Co-Locates with The Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas
| Bubble Tea Boba is Languishing at Sea
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Episode 13: Afternoon Tea Re-Imagined

Tea news for the week ending April 16
| India Surpasses Brazil as the World’s COVID Hotspot
| The Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis Hosts its Second Virtual Colloquium
| Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan
| Tea Masters Cup Names Champions in Moscow

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Episode 12: Awakening a Sleeping Giant

Tea news for the week ending April 9
| A Sparkling Future for Fizzy Tea
| Bubble Tea Drinkers Froth Over Drinking Straw Ban
| Vahdam Tea Partners with Goodricke Group
| Starbucks Introduces Reusable Rent-a-Cup

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Episode 11: Clipper Races Reborn

Tea news for the week ending April 2
| Suez Ship-jam Delays Tea Deliveries
| Tea Aisle Sales Stand Out in Grocery
| Tea Retail Realignment Underway
| Camellia Sinensis Closes Emery Teahouse

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Episode 10: Certification Shortfalls

Tea news for the week ending March 26
| India High Court Reverses Assam Tea Worker Wage Increase
| Kenyan Tea Factory Elections Suspended
| Study Finds Growers Adapting to Climate Change

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Episode 9: Pandemic Pivot

Tea news for the week ending March 19
| US Restaurant Rescue Funds Total $28.6 Billion
| EU Reviews Pesticide Rules
| Tea Theaflavin Inhibits Coronavirus Replication
| PLANT-AG is a $9 Billion Startup that Promises Field-to-Plate Traceability

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Episode 8: Japan’s Resiliency and Resolve

Tea news for the week ending March 12
| First Flush Harvest Underway
| Introducing Weekly Tea Price Report
| Tea Relaxes Walls of Human Blood Vessels
| Celebrating the Green with Matcha

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Episode 7: Differentiating Tea by Terroir

Tea news for the week ending March 5
| Brand relevance in chaotic times
| Nepal announces tea traceability project
| The Danish Tea Association merges with the European Speciality Tea Association
| YELP! names a tea house to its list of Top 100 Places to Eat in America

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Episode 6: Wild Artisanal Tea

Tea news for the week ending February 26
| Retail Sales thawed in January
| Restaurant Reticence Persists
| Kenya’s Export Earnings Surged in 2020
| Assam Increases Daily Wages by 30% for Tea Workers
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Episode 5: Small Enterprise marketing

Tea news for the week ending February 19
| Sri Lanka Launches Expansive Ceylon Tea Promotion
| Green Tea Cancer-Fighting Breakthrough
| Lipton IPO Likely in 2021
| Tea Tourism Stirs from Pandemic-Induced Slumber
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Episode 4: Tea Sommelier Certification

Tea news for the week ending February 12
| Hard Tea Packs a Punch
| India Earmarks Worker Subsidies for Women and Children
| FDA Warns Companies to Stop Misleading COVID-19 Product Claims
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Episode 3: Is the Tea Plantation Model Still Viable?

Tea news for the week ending February 5
| Shipping Container Shortage Threatens Timely Tea Deliveries
| Kenya High Court Strikes Down Prohibitions to Mechanical Harvesting
| Bombs Away! Tea Bombs Encased in Confectionary Get Rave Reviews
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Episode 2: DAVIDsTEA Turnaround

Tea news for the week ending January 29
| CEO Sarah Segal: DAVIDsTEA’s Remarkable Transformation
| Companies Introducing Many Condition-Specific Tea Blends
| Canadian Tea Sales Slow
| Britons Increased Tea Intake 17% in 2020
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Episode 1: Global Tea Colloquium

Tea news for the week ending January 22
| UC Davis Tea Colloquium
| Sales Declined 24% at US Coffee Shops
| Survey Finds Consumes Feel “Centered” Drinking Tea
| Kenyan Parliament Re-Establishes Tea Board
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