The main difference between our standards and those developed by third-party certifiers is that our standards are backed by scientific research carried out by our scientists over the last 111 years. There is scientific evidence for every practical recommendation. – Joydeep Phukan
Rudra Chatterjee, the dynamic managing director of Luxmi Tea, has expanded and diversified the venerable 30-million-kilo bulk tea producer into direct-to-consumer retail. Luxmi, which operates 25 estates in India and Africa, has shortened the supply chain to deliver fresher tea and now sources herbal infusions and inclusions for blends locally.
A clean environment results in a pure more authentic tasting tea. Our farm grows tea in living soil with greater biodiversity and nutrient density to produce more antioxidants and flavors that move all the way into the cup. Authenticity is what regenerative organic cultivation is all about. – Michael D. Ham
Funding Initiatives at the UN Climate Summit are Vital to Tea Lands | Funding Prevention Gives Way to Funding Climate Repairs | 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.
Pricing Tea in a Slogging Economy | Indicators Suggest a Recession is Imminent | The International Tea Academy Awards its First “Leafies” | Sales of Herbal Infusions are Expected to Double this Decade | Plus Canadian Economist Sylvain Charlebois sees a lot of positives for the tea industry but cautioned that inflation is an economic disease that will linger.
We changed one word in our charter to include every farmer supplying even a kilo of leaf to us. We decided that as a Public Benefit Corporation we are not only responsible for creating value for company shareholders but will also create value for all stakeholders. One percent of our top-line revenue goes directly to the farmers.
Sri Lanka’s Tea Sector Opposes Doubling Corporate Tax | IMF bailout forces the bankrupt government to collect more revenue | Vietnamese Tea Exports Experience Slow Decline | Kenya to Expand its Orthodox Tea Capability | Joydeep Phukan, the Principal Officer and Secretary of India’s Tea Research Association discusses unified agricultural standards for tea fields and factories. The new standards are aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Kenya is investing millions in its tea sector to generate jobs and boost foreign exchange. Soon after taking office President William Ruto announced a new processing and packaging facility to be built in Mombasa and directed the Ministry of Trade to increase exports of value-added tea from 5% to 50% during the next five years.
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.
Kenyan President William Ruto announced a new public-private 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, CEO 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.
Tea Consumption Rising Globally | 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.
“Sustainability: it’s great in theory, but things like recycling and composting only get us so far in helping the earth. We should (and can) do a lot more. Going regenerative means improving every aspect of TAZO’s business: from how we make our tea to ensuring that our farming partners get the fair wages and treatment they deserve.” — TAZO
FAO Report: Progress Toward Sustainable Agriculture has Stalled in Many Regions | Tea Relief for Pakistan | MK Shah Exports vs Outsider in Bidding Contest for McLeod Russel India | PLUS Jami Lewchik, head of TAZO sustainability initiatives in the US, discusses TAZO’s long-term ambition to transform its products and the brand’s entire business operations into a regenerative approach.
Dr. Roshan Rajadurai, the Managing Director of Hayleys’ Plantations, left, discusses with Tea Biz correspondent and PMD Tea MD Dananjaya Silva how organizational discipline and adaptations enabled tea production to continue during the pandemic and recent economic hardships.
Tea brands brace for a downturn as core inflation remains high, 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.
Domestic Tea Brands Close the Gap: 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
China’s summer tea yields decline sharply, and autumn teas are 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 in seconds sensory data from plant-based samples creating a digital fingerprint that describes the quality, origin, and composition of tea.
Peak Holiday Season Predictions: 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 to up to 550,000 displaced Ukrainians.
India Considers Tough Import Restrictions for Nepal Tea | India and Nepal both Want Review and Revisions of 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 describes how Asian enthusiasm for golden tips powered Nepalese tea producers through the pandemic.
Any downturn is going to have an impact, right? As far as changing strategy, it’s more about how you deliver your product and whether customers want that to be in store, or just delivered. I don’t know that it will change my strategy much, because my approach is all about educating customers.
Generation Z and Leisurely Tea | Survey: Gen Z Describes Post-COVID Yearning for Quieter Activities | Retail Frontline Workers in the UK, US, France and Canada 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.
Bypassing Sanctions is Benefitting India’s Tea Industry | Indian 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 stakeholders in the face of formidable challenges.
The Tea Industry’s Critical Role as Sri Lanka’s Reliable Source of Foreign Cash | India’s Monsoon Rainfall Exceed 2021 Year-to
-Date Totals | Vancouver Hosts Canada’s Biggest Bubble Tea Festival July 22-23 | PLUS More than a Medal, the 5th Edition of the Teas of the World International Contest is Underway.
Ekaterra Names New Management Team | 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 Prestigious Art and Olfaction (A+OA) Award | PLUS Tea Book Club founder Kyle Whittington reviews The Teabowl: East and West, by ceramic artist and curator Dr. Bonnie Kemske.
Retailers Brace for Recession | Indicators Signal a Global Downturn is 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.
Bottled Tea is Bouncing Back | 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 Suzette Hammond, founder of Being Tea, describes an expanded eight-month course on how to become a brilliant tea educator.
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 Tea Journey magazine announces a new portal for tea professionals and enthusiasts and surveys readers on their needs and preferences.
The Good Earth brand was founded in 1972 by a Santa Cruz-based herbal tea company that supplied tea to a local restaurant that expanded into a chain of 50 franchises. The brand experimented with herbal blends during its first two decades, producing more than 40 varieties. To celebrate its 50th anniversary the brand is relaunching two of its legacy teas.
Coca-Cola Discontinues the Iconic Honest Tea Brand | UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says that Embracing Sustainable Agriculture is Essential for Tea Smallholders | Starbucks Exits the Russian Market after 15 years | PLUS Tea Horse founders Denise Atkinson and Marc Bohémier introduce their North American version of genmaicha
Our roasted manoomincha honors Asian peoples, like the Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, who roast barley and create boricha or mugicha. They were our inspiration. Our teas fuse the east with the west, western Indigenous peoples with Indigenous peoples from the east. – Marc Bohémier
UN FAO Hosts International Tea Day Webcast | Tea Day Sofa Summit | Global Instability is Suppressing East African Tea Prices | PLUS Sneha Balasubramaniam, Head of Marketing and Innovation at Tata Consumer Products, explains why Good Earth is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the revival of two beloved teas.
China tea value increased by $4.4 billion to $43.2 billion in 2021
| International Tea Day is May 21
| Sofa Summit is 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.
India Resumes Tea Shipments to the Russian Federation | Trade Seeks 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
Retail must do the heavy lifting in realigning the marketing of Indian tea. While online transactions are more common now than in past years, neighborhood kirana stores are the most common place Indians purchase packaged tea, accounting for 70% of sales. Only 7% of tea is sold at tea shops that specialize in loose leaf offerings.
Rising temperatures threaten tea yields and force growers to consider planting “upslope” at higher elevations where cooler temperatures prevail. Unfortunately, subtropical tea cultivars perish in a hard frost, expected above 7,500 feet. At Ukraine’s Zhornyna tea farm Maksym Malygin is successfully growing plants under forest cover that have survived heavy snow during prolonged winters at temperatures 26 below zero Celsius.
Recirculating heated exhaust conserves energy and helps to eliminate inconsistencies in drying that lower tea quality. In this installment of Frugal Innovations, Ranjit Chaliha describes Varun, a device named after the Hindu God of Wind that continuously monitors ambient air conditions in real-time and electronically computes the ideal inlet air temperature to reduce energy costs enough to pay for itself.
In 2021, Sri Lanka launched a ₹4.5 billion global promotion to increase the export volume and value of Ceylon tea, a billion dollar brand. The campaign targets 12 markets, including the UK, EU, Asia, and North America. In parallel, the board is pursuing a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Union.
“People sometimes say boba is a fad. I’m like, well, how is it a fad if two billion people drink milk tea, or have tapioca every day?” asks Boba Guys CEO Andrew Chau. Chau explains how relentless attention to quality elevated a simple mix of milk tea and tapioca to a $3 billion global segment that is enticing a generation of non-tea drinkers to give tea a try.
India no longer requires permits to grow tea, a policy decision likely to open many new tea-growing regions. Grower Rajiv Lochan foresaw that change and began acquiring land along the Doke River in Bihar beginning in 1998. His marketing mastery and tireless promotion since then has literally put Bihar on the official map of India’s tea-growing regions.
Tea taster extraordinaire Mike Bunston recently visited the Tea History Collection in Banbury, Oxfordshire, to videotape a tasting of modern teas including milk tea, a Jasmine-mango fruit tea, and his first taste of bubble tea. Charlie Shortt, co-founder of the Tea History Collection organized the tasting and narrates this exchange.
International Specialty Tea Association spokesperson Andrew McNeill announced new evaluation standards that provide a framework for the evaluation of specialty tea. He says the new protocols “give some shape to the premium tea products that producers are making tea and, increasingly, what consumers are buying.”
The Global Tea Initiative Colloquium was hosted by the University of California, Davis on Jan. 13, 2022 | This year’s topic is Tea and Beyond: Bridging Science and Culture, Time and Space. Tea Biz brings you a recap of the keynote address on “The Popularization of Food as Medicine and Its Impact on Tea” presented by Dr. Nada Milosavljevic.
Given the cost and shortage of labor and the growing demand for tea, mechanization is here to stay. Virtually all crops are being mechanically harvested now. There’s no other way that you can make commodity tea commercially viable, says Teacraft founder Nigel Melican.
India’s highest levels of government are reforming the basic structure of agriculture. The intent is to loosen regulations on pricing and storage and to permit direct sales of produce. These rules have protected India’s farmers from the free market for decades. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the reforms a “watershed moment” for Indian agriculture.
India’s government is going to revamp the Tea Act. It’s going to be a wholesale revamp. The role of the Tea Board is also going to be redefined. That’s a work in progress and it’s already happening. Even the Plantation Labor Act is going to get subsumed once the code on wages and the occupational safety and health hazards act are implemented.
Tea News for the Week of Nov. 5 – A New Theory on How Green Tea Promotes Longevity | The Bubble Tea Business is Frothing Globally | Assam Smallholder Collective Debuts Equifarm Tea Brand | PLUS AVPA Gold Medalists Discuss their Winning Teas and SAMA Tea CEO Michael Parisi on how he used AI to help formulate new adaptogenic blends
Tea News for the Week of Oct. 1 | Kenya Exports Saturate Black Tea Market | COVID Depresses Japanese Tea Business in Unique Ways | Unilever is Recognized by the World Benchmarking Alliance as the Top Food and Agriculture Benchmark
| PLUS Mohit Agarwal, Managing Director at the Asia Tea Group, explains the advantages of organic tea farming at scale.
Tea News for the Week of Sept. 24 | Retail Sales Forecast Happy Holidays
| Restaurant Reticence is Declining
| A Restructured DAVIDsTEA Expands into Pharmacies | PLUS Folklore Tea co-founders in Guwahati, Assam discuss how they engage customers at an unusual level of intimacy
Tea News for the Week of Sept. 17 | Bids Top $4 Billion for Unilever Tea Portfolio | India May Halt Imports of Nepal Tea | Sales of Herbal
Supplements in US Exceed $10 Billion | PLUS The Physics of Black Tea Film | and the Rainforest Alliance’s Madhuri Nanda on the evolution of sustainable farming to more holistic regenerative agriculture.
Sri Lanka Tea Yields Feared to Decline | McLeod Russel Settlement Resolves Insolvency | Bangladesh Tea Sector Returns to Pre-Pandemic Production Levels | PLUS A chat with the Rare Tea Lady on obligations to origin | and Denys Shortt on digitizing the Tea History Collection
India’s Top Producer McLeod Russel Faces Bankruptcy | Tea Authentication Standard Chemically Verifies Origins | Soggy Soil Keeps Terracotta Kulhads in Short Supply | PLUS Ito En’s Rona Tison on why tea is the ideal base for function-enhancing blends and Lisa Boalt Richardson describes the World Tea Academy’s newest certification.
Tea Industry News for the week ending July 23 – New Criteria Proposed for Differentiating Specialty Tea | Walmart Tea is now 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified Sustainable | Kenya Sets KTDA Tea Auction Price Minimums | PLUS David Veal explains how the European Speciality Tea Association arrived at a new definition of specialty tea and why it will prove helpful and Aravinda Anantharaman takes us on a virtual tour of a northern India tea café with heart.
Tea Industry News for the week ending July 16 – Darjeeling Experiences a Severe Downturn | Researchers Discover Expanded Role for Microbes in Tea Making
| Oxfam India Defines Living Wage for Assam Tea Workers | PLUS Carmién Tea founder Mientjie Mouton on the EU’s decision to commercially protect rooibos and word from the nine women growers of the Tea Gardens of Scotland on how short summers and cold winters contribute to the unique flavor of Scottish tea.
The image at right is of a pyramid-shaped folding display poster circa 1880. When opened flat, there are brief descriptions of tea occasions. When folded into a three-dimensional pyramid, the sides read, “The Secret of a Really Good Cup of Tea is Quality as supplied by the Tea Planters & Importers Co., London.”
Tea Industry News for the week ending July 2 – Logistics Companies Invest to Right the Ship | Newly Elected KTDA Board Ousts Executives | Hain Celestial Streamlines Tea Selections | PLUS Alicia Gentili on the challenges of establishing a new tea garden in the English Channel and Dorje Tea targets India’s domestic market in an attempt to revive Darjeeling’s Selim Hill.
Tea Industry 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 | PLUS Maria Uspenski describes the benefits of adaptogens and Rishi Tea’s Jeff Champeau says that marketing seasonality is a great way to introduce craft-brewed tea into our lives.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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?
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
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
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.