Author: Dan Bolton

Author: Dan Bolton

World Bank Predicts Recovery of Tea Prices in 2020
November 18, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

According to World Bank projections, the Beverage Price Index is expected to increase 2% in 2020, following a 5% decline in 2019. This month the World Bank revised its economic forecast of beverage prices upward and predicted the downward trend will stabilize in 2020. World Bank Beverage Index shows a downward trend in beverage pricing

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Turkish Tea Exports Climbed 52% in 2019
November 18, 2019 Industry News Dan Bolton

Turkish tea on table (Getty Images/aerogondo) Turkish tea exports are surging as East African prices dip. Exports increased 52% by volume and 30% in value through September, a surprising success in the highly competitive black tea segment. The Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKIB) cited a combination of circumstances leading to sales of $10.8 million

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Historic Agreement Requires Tea Industry to Share Rooibos Revenue with Indigenous Tribes
November 12, 2019 News Dan Bolton

A picture taken on February 13, 2012 shows the Elandsberg Eco Tourism fields in Clanwilliam, 200 kms north from Cape Town. (NATHALIE BARDIN/AFP via Getty Images) A landmark agreement under the United Nations’ Nagoya Protocol awards South African indigenous peoples benefits from the harvest and marketing of rooibos tea. The Khoi and San, collectively known

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Mandatory Auctions for All Grades of Darjeeling Tea Are Under Consideration
November 5, 2019 News Dan Bolton

Falling prices may force growers to participate in mandatory auctions for Darjeeling tea. Photo by Adobe Stock. Producers at the 87 gardens that make up India’s first Geographical Indication (GI) tagged product will meet next week to consider a Tea Board of India proposal to make auctions mandatory. Sizeable amounts of tea marketed as Darjeeling

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T2 Retailer Will Celebrate 25 Years
October 22, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

MELBOURNE, Australia Jan O’Conner, front, and partner Maryanne Shearer at one of the original T2 locations. (Photo credit: Jan O’Connor) Australian-based tea retailer T2, a pioneer outlet in specialty tea, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020. Co-founder Jan O’Connor recounted several innovations now considered standard practice in a global retail market estimated to reach

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Kenyan Growers Are Not Benefitting from Tea Bounty
October 22, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

Tea plants on a Kenya tea plantation. (Getty Images/Byelikova_Oksana) An oversupply of tea increasingly places Kenya-grown tea at a disadvantage at the Mombasa Tea Auction where volume is less a priority as demand for quality rises. Competing nations are sometimes getting better prices as discerning buyers contend with a glut of tea. Kenya is the

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Research Reveals EGCG May Reduce Antibiotic Resistance in Bacterial Infections
October 15, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

Medical researchers in the United Kingdom believe the primary catechin in green tea may help resist “drug-resistant” superbugs. Combining antibiotics with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in tea increased the drug’s effectiveness in killing harmful bacteria by as much as 31% compared to animals and insects who received the antibiotic alone. Researchers at the published their work

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Follow the Leader: Tea Bags
October 15, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

In this installment industry leaders where asked: In light of that revealed unusual amounts of microplastics leaching from plastic tea bags  – and the ensuing public discomfort, will you share you view on the role and evolution of tea bags. BACKGROUND Roberta C. Lawson and Mary Molaren of Milwaukee, Wisc., first applied for a patent

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Tea Bag Manufacturers Respond to Microplastic Particle Study
October 8, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

Glatfelter filter paper selection (Photo credit: Glatfelter) Tea industry suppliers rushed to defend the publicly maligned tea bag following widespread media coverage of a research paper that revealed heat-sealed pyramid bags made of nylon and PET release billions of nanoplastic particles during a five-minute steep. “The levels of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) particles released

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Concern for Minors and Pregnant Women Leads Instagram to Ban Detox Tea Promotions
October 8, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

(Photo/Adobe Stock) Detox tea and skinny tea promotions promising “miraculous” weight loss and other unsupported health claims led to an Instagram ban preventing minors from viewing harmful claims. Social media influencers have engaged in a fierce back-and-forth over promoting “detox tea” with one side earning millions for endorsing the controversial blends and their celebrity opponents

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