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Tea Biz News and Insight - April 15, 2022

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HEAR THE HEADLINES – The Heightened Urgency of Earth Day 2022 | Smallholders Now Own Rwanda’s Largest Tea Factory | The Mombasa Tea Auction Completes its Switch to Digital 

| GUEST – Maksym Malygin, owner of Ukraine's Zhornyna Experimental Tea Garden 

| FEATURE INTRO – This week, Tea Biz travels to Ukraine, where tea grower Maksym Malygin produces tasty oolongs from cold-resistant plants whose ancestors survived decades of heavy snow during prolonged winters at temperatures as low as 26 degrees below zero Celsius.

Ukraine's Cold Weather Tea – Virtually all the world’s tea is grown between latitudes 20 degrees north and 20 degrees south of the equator. Rising temperatures in this narrow band threaten tea yields and force growers to consider planting “upslope” at higher elevations where cooler temperatures prevail. Unfortunately, subtropical tea cultivars perish in a hard frost, expected above 7,500 feet. At the Zhornyna Experimental Tea Plantation in Western Ukraine, Maksym Malygin successfully grows tea plants under forest cover that have survived heavy snow during prolonged winters at temperatures 26 below zero Celsius.

The Tea Biz 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, here are this week's headlines. There's a heightened urgency for earth day. Twenty two small holders now own Rwanda's largest tea factory, and the Mombasa Tea Auction completes it switch to digital. Plus, Ukraine's only tea garden is producing tasty oolongs from cold resistant plants that have survived for decades under heavy snow during long winters at temperatures as low as twenty six degrees below zero. Celsius. More in a minute, but first this important message. What makes a Perfect Cup of Ceylon 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, tell a, wackie bog want Thalawa HARANA and Elyptiac tea estates support Save the Children Sri Lanka. There is a heightened sense of urgency this year as the world pauses to reflect on the health of the planet. Friday April twenty second mark fifty two years of Earth Day advocacy. This year's theme is invest in our planet. Quote. This is the moment to change at all the...

...business climate, the political climate and how we take action on climate right organizers. Quote. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods. For Earth Day two thousand and twenty two, we need to act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably. It's going to take all of us, all in businesses, government and citizens, every one accounted for and every one accountable, a partnership for the planet and quote. Tea is certified as sustainable on about nineteen point five percent of the three point five million hectors under tea globally, according to the United Nations inner governmental group on tea. The industry can do much better. The International Institute for Sustainable Development Rights that governments increasingly recognize that voluntary sustainability standards are tools for advancing sustainable production and consumption practices in line with the UN's sustainable development goals. India's trustee standards are an example of how multi stakeholders came together to verify the suppliers meet standards that were established with meaningful input from producers, manufacturers, academia and government regulators. India has since joining the national multi stakeholder platform known as the UN Forum on Sustainability Standards to advance discussions on how to benefit from voluntary standards. Private sector efforts to be certified sustainable tea production are led by multinationals that include ECTERITY and its iconic Lipton Yellow Label. Acadia has pledged to...

...achieve net zero emissions by twenty thirty and achieve sustainably sourced tea by two thousand and twenty three, as well as deploy regenerative agriculture for raw materials sourcing. Nikki King, head of sustainability for UNI leavers ten billion dollar North American markets, is focusing on decarbonization, she told sustainable brands, quote. What's exciting for me is trying to figure out how we're going to do this without using offsets and, quote, adopting sustainable practices for its sustainable living brands has saved the company one billion euros. Since two thousand and eight Europe remains the leader in corporate sustainability, with half the world's most sustainable publicly listed companies, but Echo vadas reports that North America is closing the gap. One example is the US Securities and Exchange Commission's decision to make climate risk reporting mandatory for public companies and quote business inside. Last week, scientists around the world stage protest in twenty five countries following the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report stated that rapid and deep cuts to greenhouse gases are needed. By Two thousand and twenty five experts set in the report, quote, it's now or never. End, quote, to reduce greenhouse gases to achieve the targeted one point five degrees Celsius of global warming. In Los Angeles, Peter Colmas, and NASA climate scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a member of the scientists rebellion, chained himself and others to the JP Morgan Chase building. Quote. We've been trying to war earn you guys for so many decades. Columist...

...told reporters, the scientists of the world have been ignored and it's got to stop. We're going to lose everything. and quote. Small holders now own Rwanda's largest tea factory. Sir Ian Wood, chair of the Wood Foundation in Scotland, announced that five thousand tea farmers and cooperatives operating in the Jikumbi district of Rwanda now jointly own the MILINDI tea factory. MILINDI is Rwanda's largest tea factory and the first to be owned by small holders. Farmers collectively harvest sixty to eighty metric tons of green tea leaf daily, averaging fifteen hundred metric tons per month. The raw leaf is valued at three billion Rwanda Franks, about three million US D, and Rwanda sixtyzero small holders produced seventy five percent of the country's tea acrop. That generates ninety three million annually in sales. The Wood Foundation and GANSBE AFRICA OF PHILANTHROPIC Investment Body acquired the factory when it was privatized by the government of Rawanda in two thousand and twelve. Quote. It's been a matter of great pride and satisfaction for Lord say Insbury and I to work with the tea farmers at Milindi said Wood after meeting Rowanda President Paul Kagami. He wrote that the handover is, quote, a milestone in small holder farmer empowerment in Rwanda. Business Inside East African tea investments provided fifteen million dollars and support during the past ten years, increasing factory capacity to a hundred and...

...twenty metric tons of green leaf per day. Farmers, during the transition, retained a footy five percent share in the factory. The two foundations financed the training of thousands of farmers and paid three point one million in bonuses to achieve but activity goals. Last year the factory generated nine million on sales of four million kilos of CTC. The mobosity auctions new integrated tea trading system, I. Tts, is now live ending physical interaction after a two year pandemic induced transition that began in May. Two Thousand and Twenty East Africa Tea Trade Association share person off a Sowe told the East African that all digital trading will increase profits for farmers by cutting operational expenses. Quote. This will reduce cost and time, as traders will not have to travel physically to trade their teas. He said, at the onset of the pandemic, the Danish International Development Agency, Danaida, offered to fund the two point one two million digital platform to ease cross border trade. Mumbassa trades tea from several east African countries located hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of miles from Kenny's capital. Physical auctions require a lot of interaction between brokers, warehouses, producers and buyers, leading to a trading cycle of forty five to sixty days. Automation will reduce the trading cycle by sixty five percent to less than a month, enable traders to monitor the auction on their cell phones and generate lots of useful real time data on pricing and quantities available for sale. Quote real time information on what is...

...happening on the auction will bring transparency and increase confidence in the process, said Etta managing director, Edward Madipot are Vinda Anantheraman in Begaluru reports on this week's tea auction prices. INDET he price to boat for the week ending Epril ninth twenty twenty two. The Indian tee industry still grapting, but reducing spots to Russia, is now facing climate change war was Dougling, saw unexpected heel storm in some parts. Last week in auctions, all three auction centers in north India operated for seal fourteen Gohati. So good demand and prices for well meade teas, but reportedly higher than last year. Kol Cutta also saw good demand for all tea tapes, with Middle East leading in exports. In the south, the leaf market did well and catching, but more exporters coming forward for Orthodox tea, presumably to make up for the deficit from Sri Lanka Kunu. So good demand for CTC leaf. It major blenders and exporters active and ten lots of us. Flush from C Kim's Tammy Tea Gardens is reported to have fetched a record sevenzero five hundred piece of Kilo and sold for export to South Korea. And now word from our sponsor. Hello, I'm botn, a passionate tea drinker and the inventor of the ultimate tea machine, the brewmaker. One preparation is keyed to making fine tea. Sequential steepings delivered the best taste possible and unlocked the true value of whole leaf teas. And botanicals. Brew automates that process without using any pots or capsules. This simple to operate smart from control device stores steeping profiles to consistently make great tea at the push of a bottom. Brew also reduces time, waste and energy. That's because I engineered the brew to remember control all seconds for temperature, rwing time and quantity.

Using my patented process, lets you stack steep simply and conveniently. This week, tea Biz travels to Ukraine, where tea grower maximum Malligan talks about his work developing cold resistant tea cult of ours that will make it possible to plant tea at higher altitudes and to expand the tea lands into more northern latitudes. Virtually all of the world's tea is grown between the latitudes twenty degrees north and twenty degrees south of the equator. Rising temperatures within this band threatened yields. Climate change is forcing growers to plant up slope at higher elevations where cooler temperatures prevail. Unfortunately, subtropical tea cult of Ours Parish and hard frost, which is common above seventy five hundred feet. Tea Grower Maximum Mulligan at the Zornia experimental tea plantation in western Ukraine is cultivating tea at latitude fifty degrees north. Plants there, under force cover, have survived decades of heavy snowed during long winters at temperatures as lowest twenty six degrees below zero Celsius. Thank you, Maxham, for joining our podcast. Our first recordings were interrupted by air raid sirens following intense missile attacks north of your home near Kiv. What is the impact of the invasion on the garden, which is located further west near the Polish border? We planted to carry out classical formative runing of the TI bushes in the three seasons from twenty twenty one to twenty twenty three. After...

...the first Yale, so prowing. We planet to test the winter hardness of the skeleton branches of the Bushes and not carur for the winter. This was planet to be down on three hundred bushes that grow on the clanet part of the plantation. Progn class yeah show what excellent results the vegetation of the bushes was, from fifteen centimeters after pruning to the seventy eight centimeters at the end of the season. This April, we planned to cut at height of twenty twenty five centimeters. We will not do this and loose at least one year. Also, we will not be able to organize the highest of the leaves to produce more team now it's impossible to predict the consequences of the wire and plant their project development. It's good to know that you remain safe. I speak through a global to community that wishes your work will continue without war. What is the future of Zorninia? As it produces only experimental tea and in small bashes? We have organized through ways for the development of the Janina Project. The first one is gaining experience directly on three hundred bushes of the plantation. It's not possible to make industrial productions there, but it's possible to consistently produce some Tia for the large tea testings. The second is the vegitail reproduction of the unique winter and resistant tea. The hurt is a corporation with colleagues in Europe on the transfer of tea and growing technologies in harsh climates. The...

...most ambition project at the idea stage is the creation of new to hector plantation in Ukraine, but it's completely frozen. On hold. Listeners in Europe and northern regions are experimenting with plantings and will be interested in your experiments with cold resistant dopers. You describe the experiment in greater detail. About called where, the characteristics and CULTIVUS is an interesting questions, and it's known that easy. The history of unique Ukrainian tea plantation has begun in one thousand nine hundred and forty nine known were Ta Georgia and Cross under seats were so as well as seats of the weartal Jogia, number two, Congra and the Japanese Indian hybrid. This is stated in the scientific literature. We made amount of the interplantation are with the help of the depass. The total are is one point four hectors. Most of it has been destroyed. The surviving the plants in the five place have different morphological feats. Unfortunately, we still have not been able to find specialize in the post Soviet space who called established. It is rightly according to the morphological characteristic of plants. In this case need to use the analysis, but for compression need to have data from the old Soviet cultivus. My personal opinion is that on the restorator area three hundred bushes as Georgian number...

...two variety. During his existence, deep plants of the plantation have experienced it's no we winters when the minimum temperature was minus twenty six degrees. Last winter the minimum temperat was minus fifteen degrees with virtually non snow. Until one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine, Johnina was the most northern templantation in Europe after emerging extra an arty garden and Germany only some my friends and colleagues were going to Buche and kind jockey. The johnine lost the status, but there there is most frost resistance culture of Dia Worldwide up to minus twenty six. But given the age and adaptation to the local climate, this DA is a Ukrainian for us resistance of population of Georgian ty. It's my opinion. Intrigued by what you heard in to do this podcast. Would you like to learn more from our global network of TB is journalists and t experts? Remember to visit the TV is website from more comprehensive coverage. That's wwwtz Bi zwcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell till next week.

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