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Stash Tea’s B Corp. Benefits are Visible
December 9, 2019 Standard Dan Bolton

Portland, Ore.-based rebranded, repackaged and renewed its commitment as a certified B Corp this fall. “We are bringing back tea as a cultural catalyst,” announces the new campaign. “Tea is quiet, predictable, and tame. Stash on the other hand… Well, were a little unhinged. And we’ve always been.” (Image credit: Stash Tea) Brand Manager Carla

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Oteas Zero Waste Packaging Sets Environmentally Sustainable Example
November 5, 2019 Standard Elizabeth Dobos

Oteas Green Tea with Peppermint (Photo courtesy of Oteas) provides pesticide-free whole leaf tea in zero-waste packaging in an effort to protect customers’ health and the environment, and support a circular economy. The name “Oteas” is a derivation of the Japanese word for tea: “Ocha”. Oteas was founded in the United Kingdom in 2014 by

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Meet Ravi Pillai, Global Tea Championship Judge
October 25, 2019 Standard Elizabeth Dobos

Ravi Pillai Ravi Pillai has 35 years of tea industry experience, including 20 years managing Sri Lankan tea gardens, from planting to production and blend development. He marketed and sold teas in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia and consulted for a leading Turkish conglomerate for which he developed tea standards. He was also

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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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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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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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Judges Share Insights from the Global Tea Championship
October 8, 2019 Standard Elizabeth Dobos

Danielle Hochstetter, Lydia Kung and Jhanne Jasmine evaluate teas at the Global Tea Championship, Sept. 28, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado (Photo by Elizabeth Dobos) The Global Tea Championship’s Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Competition took place Sept. 28 in Boulder, Colorado. Judges Lydia Kung, Danielle Hochstetter and Jhanne Jasmine tasted and evaluated 136 teas that were

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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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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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