Author: Aravinda Anantharaman

Author: Aravinda Anantharaman

Fortnum & Mason Profits from Innovation
December 16, 2019 Industry News Aravinda Anantharaman

Fortnum & Mason storefront in old town London. (Photo by Elisa Rolle) Venerable , one of the world’s oldest tea brands, retains its retail vibrancy. Sales of the UK-brand are up 12% to £138 million ($178 million), and profits rose 26% to £12.1 million ($15.9 million) for 12 months ending in mid-July. Coming in the

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Underappreciated Teapot Earns Surprised Owner $1 Million at Auction
November 18, 2019 Knowledge Aravinda Anantharaman

The Qianlong teapot that sold for $1 million in the UK in early November. The green glaze celadon pot has a finial of a peach and pip on the lid, and is dated back to the 18th century. (Photo source: dukes-auction.com/photography by Jonathan Gooding) A Dorset England resident’s celadon ceramic teapot with a slightly cracked

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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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Indian Tea Industry Demands Government Bailout from Looming Financial Crisis
September 3, 2019 News Aravinda Anantharaman

Assam in red (Getty Images/kishore kumar) The Indian tea industry is struggling with low prices, high labor costs, vagaries of the weather and with every passing year, the problems are both recurring and amplifying. It was a desperate measure on their side to launch a newspaper advertising campaign on August 1 to draw the government’s

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Fashion Inspires Afternoon Tea
August 26, 2019 News Aravinda Anantharaman

Taking inspiration in haute couture and fashion trends, luxe hotels are now pairing with designer houses because what better way to showcase a fashion line than to lovers of fanfare and fashion chic. More 21st century but retaining the fuss and fancy. It’s less scones and clotted cream and in its place is chocolate foam

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How Chai is Made in Different Regions Around the World
July 15, 2019 News Aravinda Anantharaman

Everyone associates India with chai. While there is no single recipe for chai, the flavors changing at every turn across the country, there is something of a base recipe. Chai uses CTC (cut, tear, curl) dust, rather than orthodox leaves, which creates an intense flavor that is tamed by the addition of milk and sugar.

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India Undertakes Several Initiatives to Improve Tea Quality in Assam
July 8, 2019 Analysis Aravinda Anantharaman

Tea workers near Dibrugarh, Assam, India (Getty Images/Anthony Pappone) This is the busiest time of the year in Assam, with the summer flush underway. The Indian tea industry, including the Tea Board of India and the region’s producers are making a concerted effort to stabilize falling prices amid rising costs. These initiatives include offering a

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Production by Indian Small Tea Growers is Neck-and-Neck with Estates
May 21, 2019 Standard Aravinda Anantharaman

Smallholder tea farm (Photo courtesy of CISTA) In late 2018, the Tea Board of India directed gardens in the north to close early to prevent processing low-end tea. Production was expected to decline, but a full-year tally shows the opposite―a new record of 1,350 million kilograms, up from 1,250 million kilograms in 2017-2018. The rise

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Lipton Opens Tea Packaging Factory in Qatar
May 13, 2019 News Aravinda Anantharaman

Qatar (Photo courtesy of the National Tourism Council) In April, Unilever opened two new tea factories in Doha, Qatar, with sufficient capacity to supply growing local markets. The Middle East is not far behind Asia Pacific in tea consumption leading Unilever to expand its capacity in Qatar. Regionally Turkey, Kuwait, Iran and the United Arab

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India’s Slow Shift in Domestic Consumption
May 6, 2019 Data Aravinda Anantharaman

Urban supermarket (Photo by Aravinda Anantharaman) In the world of tea, gardens have been bought, sold, and traded through history. These acquisitions have largely impacted the volume of production. Like the recent acquisition of Goodricke estates by UK-based Camellia that has nudged McLeod Russel from the top spot as the world’s largest privately held tea

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