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Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 22

Tea Industry 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 | PLUS Smith Teamaker’s Ravi Kroesen explains new plant-based café concept and Amy Dubin-Nath on Indian specialty teas.

Jan-Berend Holzapfel

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 21

Tea Industry News for the week ending June 11- Food Inflation Dampens Enthusiasm Over Rising Tea Prices | India’s Tea Industry Under Duress | and the European Union Grants Rooibos GI Protection | PLUS Jan Holzapfel, owner of 198-year-old Ronnefeldt Tea on sustainable wholesale and Kyle Whittington reviews INFUSED Adventures in Tea by Henrietta Lovell

Japan Tea Maraton

Japanese Tea Marathon

The Japan Tea Marathon is a series of live online events featuring teas from 15 of Japan’s tea producing regions. Zoom sessions begin July 23 and are held twice daily, concluding Aug. 8. Two hundred competing brewers and 1000 regular admissions give the entire world of tea an opportunity to cheer their favorite to victory.

Japan Tea Maraton

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 20

Tea Industry 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 | PLUS Simona Suzuki on the Japan Tea Marathon and Jessica Natale Woollard walks listeners through Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Exhibit hall Entrance

China International Tea Expo

Live tea expositions, seminars, and tradeshows are returning with vigor in China. The five-day China International Tea Expo that opened in Hangzhou May 21 drew a crowd of 152,000 mainly domestic tea buyers. In aggregate they spent RMB6.4 billion purchasing 254 million tons of tea, a 14% increase compared to the previous event.

Aahsa Bhandari

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 19

Tea Industry News for the week of May 28 | Tea History Collection Unveiled in UK | Indian Commodities Logjam | THIRST Undertakes a Human Rights Analysis in Tea | A Series of Major Quakes Rattle Yunnan | PLUS HIMCOOP’s Aasha Bhandari on Nepal’s tea industry in transition and college sophomore William Liu explains why Ancient Tea Appeals to Young People.

Hawaii Tea Forest Sun

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 18

Tea Industry News for the week of May 21. | International Tea Day Celebrations | Assam Forbids Tea Workers to Isolate at Home | Nepal’s First Flush is Delayed | Kagoshima May Soon Outproduce Shizuoka | PLUS Eva Lee Shares Hawaii Harvest Update and author Chitrita Banerji Explains that Tea is Both Cultural and Personal


Hawaiian Tea Harvest Report

The tea plants throughout the state of Hawaii are expressing themselves considerably more this time of year than they have in the past, says Eva Lee, adding, “usually we would have begun harvesting in February or March for our first flush spring harvest.”

Jeff Fuchs

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 17

Tea news for the week ending May 14 | Kenya is Becoming Unbearably Hot for Tea | Brexit Disrupts UK Tea Trade | Colombo Tea Auction Transformed | PLUS The Tranquility of Tea with Jeff Fuchs and Steve Schwartz on tea as a conduit for health & wellness

Tea collection Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 14

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 | Bubble Tea Boba is Languishing at Sea | PLUS — Rediscovering 174 Year Old Tea and India’s Earth-Friendly Factory

Afternoon Tea Re-imagined

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 13

Tea news for the week ending April 16 | India Surpasses Brazil as the World’s COVID Hotspot | The Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis to Host Virtual Event | Tea Imports Spike in Pakistan | Tea Masters Cup Names Champions in Moscow | PLUS — Afternoon Tea Re-Imagined

INDCOSERVE Managing Director Supriya Sahu

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 12

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 | PLUS — INDCOSERVE: Awakening a Sleeping Giant

Ships awaiting berth

Timely Tea Delivery

New harvest tea is on its way. Two hurdles remain. Transport is stretched to the breaking point as reinvigorated economies stir from pandemic weariness. The second hurdle is cost. Wholesalers, retailers, and importers that last year bore the weight of spiking prices must now make up for lost earnings.

Tea Clipper Races Reborn

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 11

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 Street Teahouse | PLUS: A maritime foundation in Scotland has a bold plan to restore the last of the clipper ships and race it from China to UK filled with tea.

Kaley Tea founder Udena Wickremesooriya

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 10

Tea news for the week ending March 26 | India High Court Reverses Tea Worker Wage Increase | Kenyan Tea Factory Elections Suspended | Study Finds Growers Adapting to Climate Change | PLUS: Certifications soothe the conscience, but do they deliver for the communities where workers reside?

Profitable Pivot

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 9

Tea Industry News for the week of 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

Angela McDonald

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 7

Tea Industry News for the week of 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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Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 4

Tea Industry News for the week of February 12

| Hard tea packs a punch
| India earmarks worker subsidies for women and children
| Beware of false claims, FDA warns companies to stop misleading consumers with products that claim to cure COVID-19

Narendranath Dharmaraj

Tea Biz Podcast | Episode 3

Tea Industry News for the week of February 5

| Shipping container shortage threatens timely tea deliveries
| Kenya’s High Court has ruled against unions seeking to prevent mechanical harvesting of tea
| Bombs Away… Tea bombs encased in confectionary get rave reviews online


Nomad Tea Festival

Led by tea enthusiasts in Europe, the Nomad Tea Festival is an ambitious virtual event that brings together a diverse, talented, and very tech-savvy cadre of tea experts, educators, entertainers, and vendors.


| DAVIDsTEA Reorganizes

Tea Industry News for the Week of July 13
— DAVIDsTEA Restructures |
— US Retail Re-openings Stall |
— World Tea Expo Postponed Until 2021 |
— Samovar Tea Lounges Begin “Hibernation” |
— Kenya Court Halts Tea Reforms |


Need to Know | Retail Rebounds

Tea Industry News for the Week of June 15
— Retail is Rebounding |
— Breakfast: Deflated Daypart |
— Reopening: Milllennials Lead the Way |
— E-Commerce Sales of Specialty Tea Spike |
— India Extends Lockdown | Exports Declined in 2019


Need to Know | Boba Delivery

Tea industry news for the week of May 18.

― Boba Tea Tops Beverage Delivery Lists |
― East Africa Update |
― Turkish Tea Harvest |
― Robotic Waitstaff Serves Tea |
― Nepal Asks India to Resume Tea Imports |


Need to Know | Pandemic

Tea Industry News for the week of April 27
– The Pandemic’s Impact on Specialty Tea
– Starbucks Reports 60-70% Decline in US Sales
– McKinsey & Co.: Consumers Are Readily Abandoning Brands
– Sri Lanka: March Tea Exports Drop by Half
– Retail Innovations: Samovar Tea Lounge Offers Free Meal Monday.


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