Tea News for the week ending June 9
| As Temperatures Rise, Tea is Ideally Suited to Quench the World’s Thirst
Consumers favor boldly flavored, non-sweetened blends
| Kenya’s Costly Tea Crisis
| The Tea Association of India Lists Industry Concerns
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Tea Biz traveled to Sri Lanka in May to speak with Romesh Walpola, CEO of Tea Smallholder Factories, at his offices in Colombo. Walpola later arranged a visit to the Neluwa Madagama Tea Factory, one of the company’s seven bought-leaf factories. Combined, these factories produce three million kilos of black tea a year. Walpola explains that investing in training, wellness, and educational programs, including internships for second-generation farmers, earns the loyalty of thousands of small tea growers and is one reason why the company’s teas get top dollar at auction.
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Cold Brew is Steaming Ahead
Globally as temperatures rise, thirst-quenching iced and cold-brewed teas are experiencing a boost in demand. The global market for cold-brewed teas, estimated at $215 million in 2020, is small but fast-growing, with cafes, on-tap, and ready-to-drink opportunities.