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Tea News and Biz Insight - February 5, 2021

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NEWS HEADLINES - Shipping container shortage threatens timely tea deliveries. …. Kenya’s High Court has ruled against unions seeking to prevent mechanical harvesting of tea …and Bombs Away… Tea bombs encased in confectionary get rave reviews online.

FEATURES - In its national budget proposal this week the Indian government included 1,000 crorepati or 10 billion rupees in subsidies (the equivalent of $137 million US) to assist plantation workers in Assam and West Bengal. A growing consensus, however, is that expansive plantations should be divided into cooperatives composed of entrepreneurial smallholders supplying small independent tea processing factories… Aravinda Anantharaman reports...

Traveling to the tea lands to learn about tea is no long practical, yet tea retailers must still learn tasting skills essential to selecting fine tea. International Tea Cuppers Club founder Dan Robertson has constructed an international tea training center in Mexico where tea masters travel from origin to share their knowledge. The soon-to-open facility is on the Riviera Maya near the Mayan Ruins, south of Cancun and Cozumel.

The teabis podcast delivers t news thatyou need to know a recap of the week's major headlines with commentary andcultural trends hosted by Danhole. It is the voice of origin for teprofessionals and enthusiast Rodbie, think of Tuss as a digital caravan ofstory, tellers, bringing authentic, authoritative, exotic and exclusivestories to you, weakly from the tea lench. The tea industry merits more nuwancedcoverage than the mere recetation of production volumes and commodity prices.Each week the TBIZ podcast recaps gooble developments presenting a mix ofnews and features with the greatest impact on the tea industry herring. TheTEBIS podcast, with the more inclusive tbis blog and with T journey magazine,is innovative and interactive, permitting listeners to convenientlycontact reporters at origin to ask questions that are answered. Viatexmessages delivered privately to their phone. Welcome to this week's edition of TeaNews, you need to know here. The etlunch shippy container showtagesthreatened timely tea deliveries. Kenye's high court has ruled againstunions seeking to prevent mechanical harvesting of tea and bombs away teabombs, inceases ind confectionary get rav reviews online more in a minute, but first thisimportant message. What makes a perfect cup of Ceylon teethe Perfect Cup is from the tea businesses that ensure the protectionof all the children living within their tea estates. We Salute Calani belly,tell a Wackyli Bogo, Wanta, Lawa, Parana and Elifdia t estay support,Save the Children Shilaka...

...the cost of shipping, a container ofgoods increased eighty percent since November, and nearly tripled in twthousandand. Nineteen, one third of the containers transiting the world'stwenty largest sports failed to ship on schedule on my grains. Tea is notshipped in bulk, depending on its density. Ten to twelve metric tonues oftea can be loaded into a twenty foot container beginning last spring. The pandemicshifted the normal shipping cycle, leaving hundreds of thousands of emptySHIPPI containers at destinations with no loads to return in China and India.The shortage is acute Bloomberg reports that, in January India, ship less thana fifth of its normal lollum of sugar, responding to a thirty per cent surgein orders for goods last fall. China offered pop dollar for the return ofempty containers. The strategy is working so well that coffee and Ricewere piling up at the Docxsin, Thailand and lemtels an Canada. A shipper'srushed to return containers, instead of filling them with Asian bound goods.Gradually, equilibrium is returning with predictions that the shortage willabate in time for the first of the tea harver shipments in April business insight, Elliot Jordan, VicePresident of tea at Mighty Leaf and California rights that he is backing atquoters by a month on anything that has to move on the ocean quote. The problemis as long as Covid is running rampant all the forecast I have or throwingdarts in my basement, with the lights off. Sometimes it's better to throw ver afew darts. Until the lights come back on. In quote,...

Kenyas High Court has ruled againstunion seeking to prevent mechanical harvesting of tea. The appeals courtdecision follows the TW thousandand. Eighteen ruling that in lever ta inKenya had the right to adopt new technology. The kinyaflantations, anagricultural workers union, sought a universal ban on tea, harvestingmachines. Business insight can yous flat tea.Farms are uniquely suited to mechanical harvesting. The planners have facedstiff opposition since thwusandy ten in wo thousandy eighteen workers led astrike in protest. Lower Court sided with workers, but were overturned on apeal permitting planners to dismiss all who joined the boycot duringconfrontation. Several pieces of expensive harvesting equipment weredestroyed. The expansion of mechanical tea, harvesting and subsequent loss ofjobs now appears likely bounds away. Te encased inconfectionery sold as tea bombs is easily created in partnership withlocal CANDIC company. Over with silicon moulds in your own shop made with ashell of liquid sugar, the two inch opilescent spheres can be filled withtea leaves tea bags and a variety of inclusions such as etibe flowers,spices and herbs, the BOM explodes as hot water as poured into the cuplightly. sweetening the mix, write, colors, Foud, save glitter and sparklesadd to the fun business insight. Nudge coffee bars arean example of beveragees sold as food ultra phine powdered, roasted coffeebeans or process woith Cocoa Butter Anto a shelf stable pace similar tonotella that can be moulded into bars.

The company's Candy Coated CoffeePellets Resemble emanems and deliver caffeine. Inconsistent doses, naturalgrocer sprouts reports, a strong debut among coffee lovers and now a word from our sponsor to trade. Teas works with tea,perveyors and every scale from promising startups to the world'slargest multinational beverage brands in the hot ICED and Bowt secends withUS based formulation, blending and packaging services, hug trade can help.You innovate scale up and grow. Your specialty t brand for more informationvisit our website q trade tescom. This week we travele to India and to theRivier Amia along the Gulf coast of Mexico, where the International PeaCopper's Club is constructing a trading center in its national budget proposal. Thisweek the Indian government included one thousand corror parti or ten billionrupees and subsidies the equivalent of a hundred thirty seven million USdollars to assist plantation workers in a SOM. An Miss Bangale. A growingconsensus, however, is that expensive plantation should be divited intocooperatives, composed of entreprederial small holders supplyingsmall, independent tea processing facilities, Arvinda Aron thermanreports, the twin problems of wages and pricesthat afflict the Indian tindustry have itten in pase. There is a solution andalternated to the UTDATEOF plantation stalof working. It combines Landasemestment in favor of workers for the botly factory Morel, how ill this worth.This is Evenda anentraminent conversation with ter Internet atMarage, who was propounded this motel when, when I recommend distribution ofland on ownership in Fai of the workmen,...

...we are looking at something similar toa Abott Leaf Morel and, as you are probably aware, bottom of business,which, which is done, I think, all over the world. He never loses money becauseyou wank work backwards from Price D and entrise minus cost. Minus margin iswhat they were, the what the price you part with for the producer as a sprisee,aro material, so wev suggesting a model Wy that where the existing embroyes areconvorted into a bottl EF model and the becafe they become honors ofthe land, they become small holders, wo suppli their aw material to the bodycorporate who will then process and market it is there a Byn for such amodel from producers, Yeah Godcustil? In fact, before we address the eEmploye, we need to address the mindset to the producers. Myon experience of or being a proponderof this concept is, there are been some sort of progressive employers who arewere looking at it positively and as a holistic onsistionable way forward, buta O, a lot of them will be a you know, immediately. SKEPTICABE aboardit, forthe similar reason that you know they all think an deperately osing. The wordthing that this land is an asset to. To my mind, this land is no longer unesentbecause, as you know, these lands across India in the TA growing areas.The these large land holdings were axcept from the pvisionrs of the landseiling act because ther were large, organized industries and therefore theplantations. I think tsome, five, six plandations tee coffee, rubber, COCO,etc. The were excemtrom the provisions...

...of the Land Ceiling Act and they wereallowed to continue to be held. I in the large land banks that the it isbeing held now the original ownership pattern differs from state to stateCaroliand Westoncarl, I think have the land is sort of, they are least wholelands. I think Temina Arden Assam to the west of minorlege Ar Freeholdelands, but I respect you f. What the ogiginal cite of the land is ONCstipulation which has made them qualify for this excemption o land seling is afact that they are emandated that that line should oaly be use for e purposeof plantations. In other words, you cannot alienate it to anybody for, sayreal estate purpos for any other purpose. What do you foresee ischallenges for this corporative model? Let's say a group of estates supplyingraw materials, which is a green leave. CREE factory becomes a coperative unit.Now that comprate unit is necessary in order to maintain the the organizedcovalseve nature of this business, enabling economies of scale, economy orefficiency, which would tend to get a little diluted when there is fragmented,rand ownorship. So I think safe parts Av we bilitin there must be a acoperative so in, in other words thethe technical duidance nd. Superbition of these oldings should continue toremain with the the body corporate so that you know they controle the output,the control, the quality, and perhaps you need to build in the priceinsedtives for better quality leave. ETCEA Wich, even today, is being donein the Bott leaf business bely many factories give them extra money bastedof the lef quality. So I think those to...

...my mind are manageable issues, I'm nottaking the granded, but with proper arrangement proper you knoagreements in place. I think those those can be achieved. How will itaddress a specific problem of Labor shottage? I was checking with the theassociation people, the the Work Fosin Carrol Afforan, since we were all Onte,the imbersion that the tework wasn'n caralyze about three to four lax andIAS surprise to get a number of only forty thosand people in the T,plannations in Caraloman. That's how much the labor forces dwinded over timeand that's precisely because the younger generation don't want to workin plantations anymore. Even if they were to get lesser earning selfthear.They would rather prefer to Tho white collor job than Bein the theplantations. So shortage of labor in particularly in states like Carla he'sa huge issue, but in a way I would imagine the the recentralized modelwill in itself address that issue. You put in your heart and soul in terms ofyour output of work that you deliver so in this instance, in a way, if frexy working time willautomatically come in because they are no longer embloyes governed by yourlabel, Oss that they have to put in ext number of working all they are theirown onors, their own masters of their time. So he they know that this is the quality that will be onlyaccepted or of this is the quality thatill actually give them yexpest intertems of money they will cop with it. So actually is a good point. You raisedto my mind: it's it's a spin off benefit of this scale that its itself,driven in terms of leading to greater worker output. Is it too idealistic youthink we can see it turn into reality?...

Yeah. We are talking about a you know,model that is deliberate, that is preprant, that is breast by the thebody corporate thaesbreshed. by T he, the government that is brushed by thetheworkment at the Trady Idians, who o represent them, and I think, if you canhave that Karrof dial or get ther byin and I'm sure the government and the inthe and the Porlititians and the prayed unions would say this as as a greatstep forward. If he continued the way we have been continuing so or firewages, greater vages mean more persuron. Martins Mor states will becomeabandoned even well run. Companies are now unable to play dividans ununable tomeet their entire obligations, and so, if you don't check it, then then youknow it's something with a distractive model: Five weas down the line thisindustry will be. I thamples, if not already, as as portrayed by thesituation in parts of PELA and Wesmangora travelling to orige and to learn.teatasting skills is no longer practical, yet retailers must stilllearn these essential skills for selecting fine tea. It C C, founder DanRobertson, has constructed an international tea training center inMexico, where Tea Masters share their knowledge, the soon to open forcilitiason the Rivia Ramaiah near the Myan ruins south of Cancun and Kozumo. Then why are tasting skills soimportant to sale? Some success, if you're a retailer and you want to buy atea- that's eighteenars a pound that might be an economiceally good team foryou, but if you judge it on its taste, qualities we'll say better offbo withone that's a little bit more than that...

...exp that price, because your customersare going to go to the next teashop down the line, whether you're a teaproducer, manufactor retailer, you need to have the skills that can make gooddecisions. So what basics must a seller know well den there's, basically, fourcriteria that you kind of really have to focus on. You have the smell orRomont of taste, the color and the shape of the leaf. Those can beexamined both as the dry leaf, an isn't incusedly, it's important to be able tomaster your skills of avaluging, all four of those garameters, and so wewill taste hundreds and hundreds of teas until you can blind taste test andevaluate which te is which and which quality is. So it's just simply throughdoing it. Over and over again, ITCC hired t experts that you know fromaround the world to teach tasting skills of the new training center,bringing one to many instead of many to one we bring in experts from the othercountries, so the cost to have to go to, let say Japan on one of our programswould be around sixhsand dollar that doesn't include your Air Pare to comedown to the training center. You'll immerse yourself in, let's just say,Japanese tease for a week, and the cost is less than a thousand dollarincludives inclusive of your accommodations and food. How do tastingskills facilitate transparency? Then we talk about Transparenc in the teaindustry right now. A lot of the team merchants will buy from a broker whowill buy from somebody else and maybe by from somebody else, so the consumerreally doesn't know who produce the tea. There's no direct link back to it. Oneway around that, where you coan offer the value of transparency is to havethe credential of a professional t taster whose decisions are respectedand have them sign off on a tea. They can advise what would be the best teapfor your business. Is it safe thergh when you come down to the ITCCInternational Training Center you're...

...going to have a facility that selfcontained? We have five bedrooms, so you don't have to go out, but it'sright next to the beach, so you're going to immerse yourself in Ta in awonderful environment, you're going to be safe and you're goingto learn theprofession of ttasting, who benefits most from the program, the businessexecutive. Well, you could either find someone to hire who is taken in theseprograms that are knowledgeable, so you don't have to have the skills or you could actually come and takethem, and you could be that person and you cund make better decisions for yourown business intrigue by what you heard today'spodcast. Would you like to learn more from our goble network, Tev, Bizjournalist and t experts, ontact them Toret through sometext, a privatemessage? Based? U avoid the chaos of social leave andstart a conversation that matters subtext message based platform lets youprivately ask meaningful questions of the texperts academics and tpisjournalists refording from the TA. You see their responses via SMS text, whichare sent direct to your phone visit. Our website and subscribe to subtexttat instantly connected the most connected people in tea. Remember to visit the tbis website formore comprehensive coverage. Thatwww t hyphen Biz com, thanks for listening,Varewell.

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