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Tea Biz News and Insight - February 25, 2022


HEAR THE HEADLINES – The Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says the Tea Industry Can Help Transform the Global AgriFood System | Domestic Demand Drives Bangladesh’s Surge in Production | Tea Biz Recounts 2021’s Advances in Health & Wellness, a TEAIN22 Forecast. 

| GUEST – Mike Bunston, OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), is chairman of the London Tea History Association, honorary chairman of the International Tea Committee, and serves as Sri Lanka’s Tea Ambassador. 

| FEATURES – This week, Tea Biz travels to the Tea History Collection in the UK, where Bernadine Tay discusses modern innovation in tea with taster extraordinaire Mike Bunston. 

Tea Taster Extraordinaire Mike Bunston’s First Taste of Bubble Tea –Mike Bunston recently visited the Tea History Collection in Banbury, Oxfordshire, to videotape a tasting of modern teas, including milk tea, a Jasmine-Mango fruit tea, and his first taste of bubble tea. Charlie Shortt, a co-founder of the Tea History Collection, organized the tasting and narrated this exchange. Bunston then spoke with Bernadine Tay, founder of Quinteassential Teas, sharing his insights on modern tea innovation. “I think what people can do nowadays, with modern technology and all the bright ideas people have, all things are possible,” said Bunston.

The Tea Bis podcast delivers tea news that you need to know, a recap of the week's major headlines, with commentary and cultural trends. Hosted by Dan Bolton. It is the voice of origin for tea professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Think of us as a digital caravan of story tellers, bringing authentic, authoritative and exclusive stories to you weekly from the tea lands. Hello everyone. The Tea Harvest and Guisal China is well under way. In the very first tea leaves of spring were harvested this week in northern India. Here are this week's head lives. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says the tea industry can help transform the global agrifood system. Tea Biz Recounts Two Thousand and twenty wounds, advances in health and wellness of tea in twenty two forecast and domestic demand drives Bangladesh's surge and production. More a minute, but first this important message. What makes a Perfect Cup of Celon tea? The Perfect Cup is from the tea businesses that ensure the protection of all the children living within their tea estates. We Salute Kailani Valley, tellawackilee, Bogowan, Thalawa, Harana and Elyptia tea estates support Save the Children Sri Lanka. The director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, said this week that t can play a leading role in the transformation of global food systems. Quote to M World Hunger and poverty, it is critical that we transform our agrifood systems. Chew Down You, Twelve members of the twenty four session of Fa ow's innergovernmental group on tea is opening remarks. Welcome the delegation of government officials and Tea Association representatives from sixty countries to the daylong virtual event. Tea Is Labor intensive and that provides jobs and income to many of the poorest rural communities in the world, including women in their families. Nine million of the thirteen million people employed in the global tea industry are smallholder farmers, producing sixty percent of the world's tea. This makes ta an important contributor to the achievement of the U Wind's twenty thirty agenda and the sustainable development goals. In addition, tea export earnings represent an important source of revenues, especially for many low income...

...countries that need foreign exchange to pay for their food import bills and to buy goods and services from world markets. Rights Fao I FAO estimated the value of global tea production at seventeen billion, while trade is valued at eight billion. Chew said data indicated an increase in tea consumption during pandemic lockdowns, as people took comfort in tea during the most difficult moments. The sector faces a number of challenges that require urgent attentions, said to these include the ongoing climate crisis, the need to improve the sustainability of the tea supply chain, low levels of productivity and cost pressure faced by actors along the value chain. Business insight, too, mentioned small holders several times during his remarks, drawing attention to their needs for technical and financial support to invest in pest and disease resistant varieties and to improve productivity. He said the Confederation of International Tea smallholders can provide valuable support in this regard. Global Production by small holders is increasing in China and Vietnam. Small holders now produce eighty percent of the tea grown in India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. More than half the tea is grown by smallholders, and production by smallholders in Indonesia is nearing fifty percent. Advances in tea health and wellness the eleventh of Twelve Tea and twenty two forecasts for the New Year. Several research papers in one profound discovery about the chemistry of Tea Mark Twenty Twenty one as an important year for advances in tea health and wellness. In October, researchers at Eth Zurich reported that, quote, tea catechins aren't in fact antioxidants, but rather prooxidants that improve the organism's ability to defend itself, similar to a vaccination. Writes doctor Michael Ristou. In a study of NEMATODES, ristow and has associates found that tea improved health and extended lifespans. The findings from the study translate well to humans, he said. Quote. The basic biochemical processes by which organisms neutralize oxygen free radicals are conserved in the evolution history and are present in everything from UNICELLULAR yeast to humans. He said.

The study was published in the journal Aging. Several new research reports O were published in Twenty Twenty and twenty twenty one illustrating tea's extraordinary ability to act as a booster of human immune systems, writes Peter Gogie, president of the Tea Association of the US. Quote. Cardiovascular health, immune boosting properties and improvement of mood are the most popular reasons as to why people drink tea, according to a qualitative survey Baseaton Hall University, according to Goji, who noted that consumers embraced the calming effects of tea during a crisis as they consumed more tea at home. In July, researchers in England concluded that children as early as age fuller benefits from drinking tea. Tea Helps Combat Obesity, stress AIDS relaxation, influences brain functions such as alertness and concentration, and as an ideal replacement for sugary drinks. According to Doctor Pamela Mason, whose work appeared in the peer reviewed journal Nutrition and Food Technology, drinking tea daily could help preserve physical and mental health in childhood, through the teens and adulthood, pregnancy and into old age. He said. Due to the pandemic, tea emerged as a safe and popular plant based Beverage, an ideal base for the addition of functional ingredients. According to Dr Native Melosovic, a Harvard trained physician and faculty member at the Harvard Medical School. Dr Melosavik is the founder of the Integrative Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Quote. The historical underpinning showed the idea of food as medicine has been around for Millennia in many different ways from many different cultures, he said. In her keynote address at the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative Coloquium, Melosavik said modern practitioners are seeing some of the ways that food, and tea, which is no exception, can have certain health applications. She cited Adaptagen's, an herb class that can really play a role in anxiety and stress reduction. Quote. ADAPTOGENS can have a constitutionally normalizing effect on the body and even be helpful with focus and sleep, many of the things that many of us have faced in many different ways, given what we've all been dealing with in the last two years now with the pandemic. She said. Business Inside Peter Go Gee announced the Tea Association of the USA will host the Sixth International Scientific Symposium Mon Tea in Human Health in two thousand and twenty...

...two. In Two Thousand and twelve the symposium convened in Washington DC, where participants reviewed the results of five thousand six hundred and forty nine studies on tea, including two thousand eight hundred and seventy eight studies on health and wellness, as well as a thousand studies on tea and cancer and eight hundred studies on tea and human health. Enticed by strong domestic demand, six thousand tea smallholders in the northern districts of Bangladesh and the regions a hundred and sixty seven large farms power to surge in production to a record high of ninety six point five million kilos in two thousand and twenty one. The record growth results from good weather, greater investment in training and technology and a significant increase in acreage under tea. In the past, small holders that planted on slopes were tardy, with plucking rounds of thirty to forty five days. Tea in the flat lands is now plugged every seven to ten days. Fifteen years ago, tea growers produced fifty three million kilos annually. In Two thousand and twenty one, production on register to states increased eleven point seven percent, and small holders grew in additional fourteen points, like five million kilos, mainly on branded robust economic growth of four point five percent in two thousand and twenty one has helped fuel domestic consumption to the point that tea imports declined by ninety three percent in the past few years. The Bangladesh teaboard now projects exports of fifteen to twenty million kilos by two thousand and twenty three, after meeting domestic demand totaling more than ninety million kilos. According to Major General Muhammad aspherol Asla, Bangladesh is GDP is expected to accelerate to seven point five percent in two thousand and twenty two. Quote. I can tell you a certainly that both quality and output at our own garden Causi in cause et estate in Bangladesh remains strong and has done so through the pandemic and quote reports. Tim Bradley, CEO Tetuya Organic Teas and international brand owned by kikate. The company's four thousand acres of Organic Regenerative Gardens in the Titulia region in Panchugar, quote, supports the Bangladeshi Brand CAKT and R US and UK brand Titulia, as well as sales on the open market. Bradley explain quote. We see a general rise in capability and have confidence...

...in teas positive quality trends. In Bangladesh, he said Biz inside domestic consumption increased at a brisk rate annually until the onset of the pandemic. At home occasions rose in two thousand and twenty, but the people of Bangladesh, about fifty five percent, prefer to take their tea away from home. Branded tea dominates the market with the seventy five percent share over non branded teas. Consumption has since returned to pre pandemic levels of ninety five million kilos. Fifteen years ago, Bangladesh imported five to seven million kilos per year to meet demand. In Two thousand and twenty imports fell to six hundred and seventy thousand kilos, and last year's bounty means imports, mainly from Kenya and India, will remain negligible in two thousand and twenty. Two our Bendehin and thereman in Bengalouru reports on this week's tea auction prices. INDETE price support for the week ending Nineteenth February twenty twenty two. It's been yet now the quiet week in not India and Onlighati, auctions were held as Sam in the Duas were plucking began in mid February. Have begun their first invoices by in age line. Plucking is only just begun. The teaser yet to arrive by the first estates to bring out their first batches of spring teas is a rohanity estate with teammate from an early flushing clone in south India. Auctions took place as usual across all the centers. Orthodox leaves of good demanding coaching. Comparison of prices for the same week places twenty twenty two, between twenty twenty and twenty twenty one. Export us to see I as countries in the Middle East for active CTC leaf. On the other handsome more up country by US in Kunult, pattern was similar. Orthodox leaves are better demand by us with selective for CTC leaf, but exporter us and domestic buyers were active for Orthodox Leaf. Now a word from our sponsor. Que Trade understands that a successful tea blend goes beyond the creative fusion of appearance, a Roma and flavor. Our Multi Award winning product development team is passionate about converting natural ingredients into sensory experiences that customers crave. Every recipe is formulated with a commercial backbone of dependable quality sourcing, with a pricing structure that supports us safe, regulated, profitable and scalable bland. Que Trade meets every brand's retail, food service and ECOMMERCE need. For more information, visit our website, que trade teascom. This way, t bills travels to the tea history collection in the UK, where Bernardine Tay Discusses Modern innovations in...

...tea. Would taster extraordinary Mike Bunston. Mike Bunston, officer of the most excellent order of the British Empire, is chairman of the London Tea History Association, Honorary Chair of the International Tea Committee and he serves as Sri Lanka's tea ambassador. He began his career and tea at the Wilson smithod and company Brokeridge in one thousand nine hundred and fifty nine. Munston recently visited the tea history collection in Banbury, Oxfordshire, to videotape a tasting of modern teas, including milk tea, jasmine, mango fruit tea and his first taste of bubble tea. Charlie Short, Co founder of the tea history collection, organize the tasting and narrates this exchange. Symke, how long have you been a tea taster? Sixty three is and how many cups of TT think you have in your life? As millions. And have you ever had a bubble tea? Bubble, I have to say I find me the bubbles are stage, but I guess people love him, otherwise he wouldn't be setting food and drink thanks for a long time at I could ask my goodness, I have, I have to be honest, if I was blindfolded and had to taste that. No Way when I say it's too back and thrilled that they're using to like. Next tries a jasmine infused mango fruit tea with a light Chi Chi Bulls. Very pleasant fruit drink. Sure, I'm finally, I mean I love Jasmine too. It is hard to get there and I think that's because there's the overlay of sugar and other sweetness, but it's a very pleasant drink. You can't deny that. I mean if somebody gave me one on the summer or any time. Right now. I drink it. Yeah, yeah, because, as I say, I didn't get any tea favor that. There is just a hint of the jasmine to you in that one. Of I'm a particular lover of Jasmine to I suppose it's it's hit the spot for me and it's a perfectly cold summer drinking. This one is a black team fused with Taro, a powerf or root vegetable from Southeast Asia. It also has light Chi, chewy balls a cocktail. It's sounds like a step too far, but we'll see. I find it very interest now, I do. I find a very interesting. I think I get the potato that wrong. I actually do. I quite do. Yeah, yeah, it's certainly different.

What I think I like about it is it's not nearly as sweet as the others. Now, that was all right in the orange one, which is basically pretty specially to be sweet. The other thing, I think was just a bit too sweet. Certainly, can my taste this one. I think that's got that sort of well, it's potatoes. You I hadn't told me. I think I have guessed something either. Might which one is your favorites, the orange one first, then first the first one I tasted. I probably won't, but if somebody often me while, I'd be very happy to drink it again. I'm Bernard in tea, founder of quintessential teas and one of the founding directors of the European Specialty Tea Association. Join me as Mike Bunsten shares his insights into modern tea innovations after his very first tasting of bubble tea. When you are first asked it tast bubble tea, did you have any expectations of what this could be? I don't know why. Naivey thought bubble team empt tea, literally with bubbles in it, because I had tasted a t champagne, which is made putting out of tea, not many months ago and I thought it must be something like that. But not at all. It's got the Tapioca. I can remember which one it is. Yes, it's correct as Tabioga balls. And when I took my first sock, the first got liquid and then got the meal, as it were. Oh my goodness me, this is extraordinars that one extrobably sensation. And then, of course they put the three in front of me very different ones. The first two sweet. A one was just like, if you like, bit like a smoothie. Second one was more like a sweet orangey type drink. Hmmm, bit too sweet my taste, but but I enjoy that. And then the third one, said, now this one is very different. Be careful when you must or the light. This had potatoes in it. The color was slightly off putting, but it I said, I like that. That tastes good. And I said the reason I'm saying is because, to my taste, it was at least sweet. To me it was an attractive drink. Having tasted millions of cups of teas as a tea taster, what do you think of the texture of the two e tapioca balls or the fruit chunks in this colorful, customizable Frappuccino cell beverage? Well, personally, my view is we could have probably done without them. Then, as I got chewing as it well, thought, well, this is quite interesting. I can see why this why this attracts people. Innovasion is about creating something new that solves a problem. Do you see that with bubble tea? Yes, and I can see. I can see that that is something for for this generation and you know, it's a real get up and going going by it. You can walk through the street and and drink it and whether they're in a rash, total contrast to the way I traditionally always drink too, you...

...know, I always, always a teapot, always a cup, properly done. But it is fascinating and clearly they've got it. They've got a great thing and it's a very nice colorful beverage with different options and, you know, compomizable. So that, I think, makes it very appealing to young people. You imagine if you're, you know, a young person working in London or any major city in the world, doesn't work, you know, and you've got a short time to have lunch, you're out and about, you press on the media. Friend, if you can pick up one of those and suck it and chew it as you go along in the way you it's always as good as a light me or, isn't it? So I think this is the thing. It's trendy, it's very practical, but it gives you all the goodness that you want from tea and everything else with this little added thing with the Tuppy over bubbles. So I think it's clever. The mark of good innovation is its steam power. So do you think bubble tea is here to stay? Well, I think I could have said a while about without know much about it, I expect you'st another fair but having now experienced it and having heard much more from you guys about it, all all said, I think it you probably got something that will have staying part for sure. Yeah, I love tea. When I talk about tea, I talk about Comelius and Mensis, anything that has got tea in it, I'm happy with. What I'm not happy with really, are all these things that say they're tea on the supermarket shelves, like Mint Tea, which, when you look is meant to note, or fruit teas. It fruit in, not te and that really upsets me. But if it's got tea in fine, and that's just a great thing. With this they're using tea as a base and bringing it up, as you say, to the twenty one century. I think what people can do now there is modern technology and all the bright ideas people have. All things are possible. The Tea History Collection commemorates the history of tea and preserves important items associated with the industry. viewings and reservations for meetings are by appointment at the privately owned museum and Audio Visual Center in Benbury. To learn more, visit www t history dotcom dot UK. Intrigued by what you heard in to do is podcast, would you like to learn more from our global network of Tebas journalists and t experts? Remember to visit the t Biz website from more comprehensive coverage. That's wwwt Biz bizcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell, till next week.

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