Recent Podcasts

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 Hindi God of Wind.

Tea News for the week ending Apr. 1

| Export Earnings Down 4.5% as Sri Lanka Reports Lowest Yield in 13 years
| China Faces a Qing Ming Quandary
| PLUS Listen to why Sri Lanka is Pursuing a Geographical Indication for Ceylon Tea

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

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

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

Tea news for the week ending Mar. 4
| Sanctions and Uncertainty Halt Tea Shipments | Duncans Troubled Tea Estates Bought out of Bankruptcy | How the Pandemic Transformed Tea Tourism, a TEAIN22 Forecast

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

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

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

Tea news for the week ending Nov. 19
| Glasgow Climate Pact Boosts Morale but Will Momentum Build?
| India Tea Industry Reforms
| Drinking Tea Linked to Lowers Risk and Severity of Stroke
| Golden Leaf Awards Return

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

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 Smallholders Collective Launches National Tea Brand

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

Episode 40: Sri Lanka Abandons Fertilizer Ban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 33: Delivery Delays

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

Episode 32: Foodservice Recovery Rates Vary Widely by Sector

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

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

Episode 32: Foodservice Recovery Rates Vary Widely by Sector

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

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

Episode 30: India’s Top Tea Producer Faces Bankruptcy

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

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

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

Episode 27: Defining Specialty Tea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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