Year: 2011

Year: 2011

ABC Resource Assists Herb Industry Identify Quality Standards
November 11, 2011 Standard World Tea News

AUSTIN, TX. Maintaining quality standards of herbs used in the blending of teas is made easier by the publication this week of a guide to quality specifications by The American Botanical Council (ABC). In a detailed and thorough review of the myriad standards for botanical ingredients, Josef Brinckmann, Vice-President of Research and Development at Traditional

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Fair Trade USA Releases Draft Farm Worker Standard
November 2, 2011 Standard Dan Bolton

OAKLAND, Calif. Fair Trade USA this week revealed its draft Farm Workers Standard for those employed on large-scale farms. The organization, which has announced it will part ways with European-based Fairtrade (FI) over FI’s labor policy, also responded to critics of its proposal that manufacturers can certify products with as little as 25 percent Fair

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Tea Suppliers Divided Over Fair Trade Split
October 19, 2011 Data Dan Bolton

Tea suppliers, unclear as to precisely how the Fair Trade USA split from Fairtrade International will unfold after Dec. 31, indicate they are likely to participate in both programs. Anupa Mueller, a long-time Fair Trade supporter and organic tea advocate, voiced the frustration of many. “This has caused more administrative chaos than we can deal

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Top Tasters Go 10 for 10 in Vancouver
October 12, 2011 Data Dan Bolton

VANCOUVER, B.C. The Tea Association of Canada challenged attendees to test their skills as a tea sommelier at the annual Canadian Coffee & Tea Show last week. Contestants had to identify 10 tea styles. Three out of two dozen contestants aced the test. They include Paul Higgins Jr. from Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, Judy

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Pakistan Research Program Encourages Local Tea Industry
September 23, 2011 Industry News World Tea News

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan is one of the world’s top tea consuming nations but produces very little tea, despite good growing conditions. The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is promoting indigenous tea as a means of reducing the “huge bills it has been spending on tea imports,” according to The Nation, a Pakistan newspaper. Advertisement Per

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Tea Prices Firm as Output Declines
September 21, 2011 Data World Tea News

As the summer growing season ends, tightening supplies have firmed up tea prices worldwide. The Economist Intelligence Unit (Commodity) reports tea prices held in July “although prices at the Mombasa auction in Kenya (where around one-third of global tea exports are sold) dipped at the first weekly auction in August.” “We (EIU commodity forecasters) expect

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Sage Advice, Demonstrations and a Busy Show Floor Opening Day
September 10, 2011 Data Alan Richman and Katrina Munichiello

Anupa Mueller, VP Eco-Prima and the  Silver Tips Tea Room Beth Johnston, founder of Teas Etc. on Saturday treated attendees to a 60-year-old pu-erh. PHILADELPHIA, Penn. Speaking here at World Tea East, Anupa Mueller, vice president, Eco-Prima, Inc. & Silver Tips Tea Room, urged her audience to become actively engaged in putting on tea tastings. “If

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Tea Conference Delegates Jointly Seek Solutions
August 31, 2011 Data Dan Bolton

BOSTON, Mass. Tea industry executives from the United States and Canada met this week to jointly confront the challenges and opportunities of the North American market. The 2nd North American Tea Conference, a three-day meeting of the Tea Association of Canada and the Tea Association of the USA/Tea Council annually that brings together manufacturers, retailers, importers, packers and

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Two Tea Firms Make Inc. Fastest 500/500 List
August 31, 2011 Data Dan Bolton

Two well-known specialty tea companies made the September issue of Inc. magazine’s Fastest 500/5000 list. Honest Tea of Bethesda, Md., ranked 1,336 on this year’s list of the fastest growing companies in the nation. Teavana Holdings of Atlanta, Ga., was ranked 1,646. Honest Tea grew 215 percent in the past three years ending in 2010,

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Consumer Survey Shows Tea Consumption Rising
August 23, 2011 Data Dan Bolton

CHICAGO, Ill.  A national survey released this week found 10% of U.S. consumers are purchasing more iced tea by the cup or glass than they did two years ago. Hot tea was the choice of 28% of customers and 34% report drinking dispensed iced tea. When it comes to flavors, 73% of consumers chose antioxidant-rich

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