Month: June 2018

Month: June 2018

Assam Labor Abuse Inspires Public Awareness Campaign
June 25, 2018 News Dan Bolton

Tea pickers harvesting tea leaves in Assam, India. GettyImages.com Assam’s largest tea estates have been cited in disturbing reports of labor abuse and child trafficking the past few years, tarnishing the reputation and marketability of one of the world’s best-known teas. Four years ago, the World Bank, university researchers, and NGOs investigating mistreatment led to

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New Tea Appliances Impress at World Tea Expo
June 25, 2018 News Elizabeth Dobos

Sophisticated new multi-temperature brewers were exhibited recently at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas and are now available to those who want extra care put into brewing their tea. Qi Aerista’s Smart Brewer and Bonavita’s 1.0L Variable Temperature Kettle are two to debut. Qi Aerista Smart Brewer Qi Aerista Smart Brewer, photo by Elizabeth

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Teaware Shows Variety at World Tea Expo
June 25, 2018 News Elizabeth Dobos

VIVA Scandinavia A broad spectrum of teaware styles—modern, traditional and whimsical—were displayed at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, June 12-14. The perfect teapot exists for every type of tea enthusiast and here are a few that stood out.   Advertisement Denmark-based showcased an array of modern tea sets made of porcelain and borosilicate,

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Turmoil at DAVIDsTEA Leads to Missed Opportunity
June 19, 2018 News Dan Bolton

MONTREAL, Quebec Joel Silver DAVIDsTEA President and CEO Joel Silver resigned this week after a vicious proxy battle that returned control of the public company to co-founder Herschel Segal. A block of investors, led by TDM Asset Management Director Benjamin Gisz, and supported by proxy consultants Glass, Lewis & Co., vigorously objected to a seven-member

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Replenish Retail: The Refill Revolution
June 18, 2018 News Dan Bolton

Home An Australian specialty tea company has developed compostable refill packaging and fill-your-own bulk dispensers in support of “.” Two million Australian consumers already have pledged to avoid single-use packaging, a national promotion that adds momentum to the “refill revolution.” Founder Anthia Koullouros says is one of the first Australian tea companies to embrace sustainable,

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Sophie’s Cuppa Tea is Part of the New Oakland
June 18, 2018 Data Janis Hashe

Xiaobei Wei and John Brown What do blockbuster film Black Panther, basketball superstar Steph Curry, and Sophie’s Cuppa Tea have in common? One word: Oakland. The other city by the bay has come into its own—Black Panther opens and closes in Oakland, Golden State Warriors great Curry is an international name, and Sophie’s exemplifies the

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5 New Ways to Serve Rooibos
June 11, 2018 News Elizabeth Dobos

Healthy rooibos red tea latte topped with cinnamon; GettyImages.com Rooibos has long been enjoyed in South Africa, and now Americans and Europeans are appreciating the brew in various formats. Here are five creative ways to serve rooibos. Rooibos Espresso and Lattes In March, launched two Rooibos Lattes: the Starbucks Rooibos Latte and the Red Apple

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Tea Opportunity for Florida Growers
June 11, 2018 News Peter Keen

Waverly Tea Estate, near Waverly, Fla., is one of the first citrus orchards to experiment with growing tea. Tea was first planted in 2011 but larger-scale production took an additional five years. Can tea become an alternative crop in Florida for its mainstay citrus crops? That’s the question that business owners and university researchers across

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McLeod Russel Sells 12 Assam Tea Estates
June 11, 2018 News Pullock Dutta

McLeod Russel is selling off several tea estates in Assam. McLeod Russel, the largest tea plantation company in the world, announced the sale of 12 estates in eastern Assam last week, continuing a decade long pattern of divestment by multinationals. The memorandum of understanding is subject to regulatory approvals, which are expected in the next

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Bigelow Tea Becomes Benefit Corporation
June 7, 2018 News Press Release

Photo credit: BigelowTea.com Bigelow Tea is announcing the recently attained distinction of becoming a Benefit Corporation. The family company is the No. 1 Specialty Tea market leader, manufacturing “Constant Comment”® and more than 150 tea varieties sold nationwide. Now officially registered as a Benefit Corporation, it is one of a select group of companies that

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