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Equitea on addressing the ‘relatability’ factor in RTD tea

By Deniz Ataman

Equitea, maker of cold brewed USDA organic teas, wants to destigmatize mental health and improve access to wellness products, the company’s co-founder and CEO Quentin Vennie told FoodNavigator-USA during BevNet Live in New York earlier this month.

Tea prices are rising for a range of reasons. Image Source: Getty Images/imv

Why is the price of tea going up?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Like many other commodities, tea is increasing in price. This is due to instability: instability in the climate and instability in the world of geopolitics.

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Spilling the tea (and coffee) on natural beverage trends

By Deniz Ataman

The functional and perceived health benefits of tea and coffee paired with their familiarity and diverse usage occasions across dayparts make them ideal platforms for beverage manufacturers to meet consumers’ evolving preferences for indulgence, health...

Oobli rethinks sweetness using sweet proteins for new RTD tea

Oobli rethinks sweetness using sweet proteins for new RTD tea

By Deniz Ataman

With Oobli’s first commercial launch of three fruit-flavored sweet teas, the company is building its product development around the oubli fruit’s sweet protein, brazzein, which Oobli reports is up to 5,000 times sweeter than sugar and metabolizes as a...

Tea bags can be made from plastic or paper, or use a combination of the two. Pic:getty/alexthq

Plastic tea bags release microplastics into brew, says study

By Rachel Arthur

Plastic tea bags can release billions of microplastic and nanoplastic particles into a cup of tea, according to Canadian researchers. But while the scientists say some brands have shifted to plastic tea bags instead of paper ones, the industry counters...

What’s trending in ready-to-drink tea? From lavender and rose to cold brew

60-second interview: Greg Bach and Angela Lantman, Synergy Flavors

What’s trending in ready-to-drink tea? From lavender and rose to cold brew

By Elaine Watson

According to Nielsen data* collated by Wells Fargo, US retail sales of ready-to-drink tea rose a modest 1.3% in the year to November 4, 2017, growing somewhat slower than RTD coffee (+11.7%), but faster than carbonated soft drinks, juice, sports drinks...

Millennials want to vote with their wallets, says Purpose Tea

Millennials want to vote with their wallets, says Purpose Tea founder

By Elaine Watson

Breaking into the notoriously competitive US beverage market is a daunting task, but purple tea has some distinct advantages, says Purpose Tea founder Chi Nguyen. First, it’s purple, and it’s new, so consumers are going to notice it; second, it tastes...

Bhakti - which is Sanskrit for ‘devotion’ - has broad distribution in the natural channel, and is steadily building its presence in conventional channels

Bhakti spicy chai tea raises $5.1m in series B financing round

By Elaine Watson

Boulder-based spicy chai tea brand Bhakti has raised $5.1m in a Series B financing round led by accelerator Cleveland Avenue with participation from another unnamed strategic investor, the Colorado Impact Fund and other existing investors.

RUNA's 'clean and modern' new look

RUNA on course to generate $10m in revenues in 2016

By Elaine Watson

RUNA – a Brooklyn-based beverage brand utilizing the caffeine-rich Amazonian leaf guayusa – is on course to generate revenues of approximately $10m in 2016, up from around $6m in 2015.

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Pique Tea reimagines tea into a more convenient format

By Elizabeth Crawford

The time consuming process and mess of brewing tea from loose leaves or bags deters many Americans from fully embracing it as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas and juices, but market newcomer Pique Tea, Inc. wants to make the healthy choice the easy...

JÙS by Julie launchs probiotic cold brew coffee with Ganeden BC30

Probiotics hit the cold brew coffee category

By Elaine Watson

Brooklyn-based cold-pressed juice firm JÙS by Julie has scored an industry-first with the launch of a new cold brew coffee infused with probiotics in original and vanilla flavors.


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