Month: September 2019

Month: September 2019

Unilever’s Teas are “Slave-Free”, Will Others Follow?
September 30, 2019 News Aravinda Anantharaman

Woman picking tea leaves at a tea plantation. (Getty Images/stellalevi) Unilever’s announcement that their teas are “slave-free” follows a long campaign to make the world’s largest tea supply chain transparent. Last year, Unilever and Nestlé became the first two food companies to declare their sources of palm oil slave-free. This was a result of conversations

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Meet the Global Tea Championship Judges for the Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Competition 2019
September 24, 2019 Industry News Elizabeth Dobos

The Global Tea Championship’s Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Competition will take place in Boulder, Colorado, Sept. 28-29. Dozens of commercially-sold teas will be tasted and evaluated by three judges: Lydia Kung, Danielle Hochstetter and Jhanne Jasmine. Community Content & Conference Manager Faith Bailes explains why she chose these tea experts. “I’m so excited about this

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Organic Certified Flavors Deadline Fast Approaches
September 24, 2019 Standard Scott Svihula

Scott Svihula, Owner of Hula Consulting At the end of 2018, the National Organic Program (NOP) amended the National List of allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). This new regulation took effect on January 18, 2019, however, the ruling that affects organic flavored teas does not go into effect until December 27, 2019. The new

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Thumbprint Identification Enables Tea Workers in Sierra Leone to Have Bank Accounts
September 24, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

Sierra Leone may be the first country to adopt a national biometric blockchain banking program based solely on fingerprints. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock) Tea workers in Sierra Leone are the first in the world to participate in an online credit system based solely on their fingerprint. Illiteracy prevents tea workers around the globe from completing

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Twinings Overtakes PG Tips as UK’s Best-Selling Brand as Black Tea Consumption Slides
September 24, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

(Photo credit: Twinings) Twinings, for the first time in the UK, overtook long-time market leader PG Tips in the 12 months ending in July, according to Nielsen market research, an indication of the continuing national decline of black tea consumption. Black tea remains the favored hot beverage with tea drinkers in 72% of UK households

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Rokkakudo Hall Rescued from the Sea
September 24, 2019 News Greg Goodmacher

Tohoku Earthquake Epicenter (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons) Serenely perched on rocks in Ibaraki, Japan, and jutting into the Pacific Ocean, Rokkakudo (six corners) Hall was the favorite tearoom of Kakuzo Okakura. He built Rokkakudo in 1905 and published The Book of Tea in 1906. Rokkakudo is probably the only hexagonal tea ceremony house in existence.

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Meet Jhanne Jasmine, Global Tea Championship Judge
September 19, 2019 Standard Elizabeth Dobos

Jhanne Jasmine Jhanne Jasmine has more than 20 years of tea industry experience. In 1999, she co-founded the TeaZone tea house in Portland, Oregon; and in 2006, she founded the Camellia Lounge, a tea cocktail lounge, which she sold in 2014. She has worked as Stash Tea Company’s Research & Development ever since. What sparked

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Meet Danielle Hochstetter, Global Tea Championship Judge
September 19, 2019 Data Elizabeth Dobos

Danielle Hochstetter Danielle Hochstetter learned about tea in China at Zhejiang University and ran a tea tourism business. After returning to the United States, she worked at Mighty Leaf Tea and Teforia where she was the Director of Tea. What sparked your interest in tea? I don’t know if there was any one thing, it

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CBD Beverage Companies Encounter Barriers in States
September 17, 2019 Industry News Dan Bolton

Beverage companies are racing new tea products to market despite a haphazard regulatory environment. Last December the federal government approved the cultivation and production of cannabidiol (CBD). However, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about how the chemical is marketed and individual states and city health departments are enacting differing regulations and

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China Orders 5 Million Kilos of Kenyan Black Tea
September 17, 2019 News Dan Bolton

China has developed a thirst for black and purple tea grown in Kenya. (Photo Credir: Adobe Stock) China’s growing thirst for black and purple tea from Kenya led to a sizeable 5 million kilograms per year agreement this month. reports the sale is valued at $67 million (KSH7 billion) annually. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri

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