Author: Dan Bolton

Author: Dan Bolton

Healthy Fizz: Growing the Sparkling Tea Segment
August 20, 2019 Industry News Dan Bolton

(Photo credit: Sound Tea Group) Sales of sparkling teas marketed as “good for you” are bubbling. The category launched decades ago but remained a small, slow-growing niche through the early 2000s while carbonated sodas (CSD) dominated the market for refreshment beverages. That landscape changed with the realization that sugar-saturated sodas were unhealthy. Consumers, in large

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China’s Newly Launched Xiaolu Tea Delivers
August 19, 2019 News Dan Bolton

China’s Luckin may prove to be the pioneer in tea delivery. In the United States, takeaway tea is lucrative—McDonald’s sells —but largely confined to iced blends. Luckin has opened 3,000 locations since 2017 and is now the largest domestic coffee chain in China. Building on its successful coffee delivery model, in July the company launched

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Micro and Crowdsourced Financing for Growers and Retailers
August 12, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

Tea retailers with expansion plans and tea growers trying to finance new processing equipment, quickly discover that bankers prefer big profits over big ideas. Venture capitalists consider these opportunities as “unbankable” and angels are elusive, which is why entrepreneurs in both the tea lands and consuming countries turn to crowdsourcing; foundations offering specialized “social” and

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Follow the Leaders: Tea Tariffs Will Be Disruptive Not Debilitating
August 12, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

In this installment of Follow the Leaders, respondents were asked to share their reaction, concern and advice with tea industry peers on the U.S. decision to charge an import tax on tea from China. Industry leaders predict the impact of a 15% U.S. tariff on Chinese green tea, effective Sept. 1, will be disruptive but

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Trade Tensions Boil Over, Making Proposed Tea Tariff on Chinese Imports Likely
August 6, 2019 Industry News Dan Bolton

(Getty Images/Rawf8) All the tea from China will be taxed at least 10% if the Trump Administration carries through on its threat to impose a $300 billion round of tariffs effective Sept. 1. On Monday, in retaliation, China halted the purchase of U.S. agricultural imports by state-owned farms and devalued its currency to an 11-year

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Darjeeling Prices Decline as Flood Waters Rise in Assam
July 16, 2019 News Dan Bolton

Tea workers near Jorhat, Assam float their plucked leaves to a nearby factory on high ground. (Photo by Pullock Dutta) Two tea damaging trends are converging in Northern India. Heavy monsoon rains this week and last led to unusually widespread flooding in Assam while northern reaches of the country are experiencing unusually cool, wet weather.

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Chicago Festival Blends a Tea Market and Education Program Flavored with Fun
July 15, 2019 Knowledge Dan Bolton

Midwest Tea Festival (Photo courtesy of Taste All the Teas) Chicago is home to a diverse community of tea merchants and enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the inaugural three-day in November. The festival is produced by Taste All the Teas, led by Nicole Burriss and based in Kansas City, Mo. The company annually produces the . The

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Nepal’s Tea Fortunes on the Rise
July 8, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

ILAM, Nepal Tea plants with foggy background near Kanyam in Ilam Region in Nepal (Getty Images/Kristin Ruhs) Nepal is experiencing the benefits of a renewed commitment by government and trade associations to upgrade and market high-grown tea in this former kingdom of 26 million people. “Nepal’s tea community is in the budding stages of a

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Tariff Truce Eases but Does Not Eliminate Tea Trade Worries
July 2, 2019 News Dan Bolton

On Saturday President Donald Trump put a hold on placing tariffs on the most recent list of Chinese imports, which includes tea. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced negotiations would resume. In response, the tea industry drew a collective breath of relief, yet remains wary of the outcome of talks. Last week the U.S. Trade Representative

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Hemp Food and Drink Expected to Reach $6 Billion in Sales
July 1, 2019 Data Dan Bolton

(Photo credit: Performance Tea) Since January, when the cultivation of commercial hemp in the United States was decriminalized, manufacturers have scrambled to carve a niche in the cannabidiol (CBD) food and beverage market. That path is well tread by , founder of , a brand launched in 2018 with a legacy dating to 2008. A

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