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Tea News and Biz Insight - July 30, 2021

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HEAR THE HEADLINES – The New Definition for Specialty Tea Gets Refined | Research Reveals That Children Benefit from Drinking Tea
| and Unilever’s Tea Brand Divestiture is on Pace

| GUEST – Kyle Whittington reviews The Life of Tea by Michael Freeman and Timothy d'Offay

| FEATURES – Tea Biz this week visits the tea lands from on high where rising temperatures in the atmosphere are causing shifts in the jet stream that alter ocean temperatures, causing an unusual period of extreme weather globally. The results from changes in the climate are visible this summer as heat domes, and drought, slow-moving monsoons and violent typhoons and fast-melting glaciers in the Himalayas….

… then to England to marvel at the work of British author and photographer Michael Freeman and co-author Timothy d’Offay whose large-format book The Life of Tea: A Journey to the World’s Finest Teas gets a glowing review from Tea Book Club founder Kyle Whittington.

Intemperate Torture

The howl of Typhoon In-Fa assailing Zhejiang and Hangzhou China, and the monsoons deluging India brought havoc, not relief to parched tea lands this month.

Visual Splendor

One of the lovely things about The Life of Tea is that you don't feel that you're rereading information on tea that you've read 1,000 times before. Rather, you go on a journey to each tea type each country region artisan or tea house, and along the way dotted throughout the text. Like so many villages amongst the team mountains are these wonderful gems and nuggets of information.

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 storytellers, bringing authentic, authoritative and exclusive stories to you weekly from the tea lands. Hello everyone here. This week's headlines The new definitions for specialty tea gets refined. Research reveals that children benefit from drinking tea and UN leaver's tea brand of vestiture is on pace. 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 Awackilee, Bogajan, Thalawa, Harana and Elyptia tea estates support Save the Children Sri Lanka. Tea Associations in the US, to Europe and Canada respond to this week with refinements to the European speciality t associations definition of specialty tea. The tea and Herbal Association of Canada, the Tea Association of the USA and tea and herbal infusions Europe issued a joint statement of concerned with the language as to use to differentiate specialty tea from other teas. These are the same criteria used by every tea Taser in the industry, regardless of specialty...

...or traditional label. Reads the joint press release. Criteria cited included supply chain traceability and tease physical and sensory characteristics. Traceability is not unique to specialty teas. Quote. Traceability requirements are at the core of food safety laws in place around the world and must be demonstrated as part of regular audits for large retailers as well as certification programs. Although all the above may be part of what defines specialty tea, quote suggesting they are not a part of traditional tea is factually incorrect. Reads the release. In reply, David Veale, the executive director of the European speciality t association, rights that quote. We note the concerns about the Langu whidge of differentiation between specialty and other teas, but that is the very point of defining speciality to differentiate it, and so to further distinguished speciality tea from commodity t we place emphasis on attaining tea excellence from Bush to cup. Specialty tea can be defined by the quality of the criteria, not the use of the criteria. As to believes that the degree of excellence that a tea reaches in each of these criteria determines speciality versus commodity rights. Feel the joint release states that the signatories quote take great pride in our collective approach of inclusion. Our members include all parts of the supply chain operating in what is commonly referred to as the traditional tea industry, as well as the specialty tea industry and quote. Since the release of our definition, we have received very strong positive responses from small farmers and consumers and we believe that we...

...were moving in the right direction for the benefit of the specialty tea market. Rights veal quote. We welcome all feedback and hope to be able to continue discourse directly with all parties who are interested in promoting speciality tea. He said business inside. In an updated post on the tea is log guess two continues to refine its definition with an explanation by President Nigel Melliken, of the term handcrafted and the role of machinery in making specialty tea. Visit WWWT B I zcom to learn more. Children benefit from drinking tea and extensive review of medical research suggests children as early as age four benefit from drinking tea. In a peer reviewed paper published in the nutrition and Food Technology Journal, Dr Pamela Mason identified sixty scientific studies on the health benefits of drinking tea from childhood onward. As reported in the Telegraph, Drinking three cups of Black Tea daily improves cardiovascular health and boost the body's immune system. She said. Tea also helps combat obesities, stress AIDS relaxation, influences brain functions such as alertness and concentration and is an ideal replacement for sugary drinks. Drinking tea daily, quote could help preserve physical and mental health in childhood, through the teens and adulthood, pregnancy and into old age. She said. Business inside the research commissioned by UK's tea advisory panel showed that clinical and laboratory studies demonstrate how phenolic compounds in green...

...tea boost nitric oxide levels, which lower blood pressure and act as antioxidants to reduce inflammation. Ta polyphenals also limit cholesterol absorption in the gun and target receptors which regulate blood cholesterol levels. Unilever tea brand divesseture is on pace. During a July twenty second earnings call, UN LEVER CEO L and W job told investors a quote, the operational separation of our tea business is now substantially complete. End Quote, but he did not offer a timeline for the divestiture. He said the company had created, quote, an attractive standalone business would dedicated leadership. We're very pleased with the progress we've made in the complex separation. We filled three thousand five hundred vacancies around the world. We've established the sales organizations in our largest markets. We will now start to engage externally to execute on outcome, and this could be through an IPO, through a sale or partnership. Said job, the company intends to diverse sustizable portion of its tea business, including the Tazzo, Puca herbs and t two brands. Business insight. Facing higher commodity prices, including tea, Unile we were stepped up pricing by two point two percent in June and expects to accelerate increases to address food inflation through the remainder of the year. The company grew under lying sales by five point four percent during the first half of the year, with volume growth accounting for four percent of the total and price increases contributing one point four percent. The foods and refreshment category grew eight point one percent and e commerce sales were up fifty percent and now make up eleven percent of total group turnover.

Our VENDA is ill. This week she asked that I report the tea auction prices for India. In a significant development, this week, the tea Bo would of India issued a circuit or making it mandatory for producers to send at least fifty percent of their produce to the public auction. The circular lists more than nine hundred gardens the failed to route at least half of their annual production, based on audits of auction sales in two thousand and nineteen and two thousand and twenty. Producers that fail to comply face action. The board issued the directive to keep quote the auction system robust and bring stability in the price realization process. Expectedly, produced users are not happy with the choice. Prices at sale twenty nine were marginally lower last week, and Kolcutta, Darshling, garden, stursion, Sun and good rig Sturbo and Castleton fetch the highest prices, with Castleton's moonlight topping the charts for the second week in a row at Fivezero rupees for kilo. Among buyers, the Middle East was active in Kolcutta and the south. Orthodox leaf barely sold beyond fifty percent of the offering across the three auction centers. SETC LEAF did not do well in coumbator or Qutchin. And now a word from our sponsor. Q trade teas works with tea purveyors at every scale, from promising startups to the world's largest multi national beverage brands in the hot, iced and bottle tea segments. With US based formulation, blending and packaging services, q trade can help you innovate, scale up and grow your specialty tea brand. For more information, visit our website que trade...

...teascom tea Biz this week visits the tea lands from on high, where rising temperatures in the atmosphere or causing shifts in the jet stream that alter ocean temperatures causing an unusual period of extreme weather globally. The results from changes in the climate are visible this summer as heat domes and droughts, slow moving monsoons and violent typhoons and fast melting glaciers in the Himalayas. And then to England to marvel at the work of British author and photographer Michael Freeman and Co authored Timothy Du Fay, whose large format book the life of Tea, a journey to the world's finest teas, gets a glowing review from tea book club Founder Kyle Whittington. The howl of typhoon in FA, sailing shishiing and Hang Joo China, and the monsoons delusion India brought havoc, not relief, to the parched te lands. This month. Record rainfalls in central China's a non province forced the evacuation of one million people and swamped or swept away cultivars used to make prize to green tea. Tea Retailers Hey tea and nyuki pledge to combined one point five million to a local charity and Jung Jao for flood control and disaster relief in India. superheated air from a heat wave that killed thousands. Now, how heavily laden with moisture, traveled north, causing flooding. The Himalayas have been warming for years. Melting ice trapped in fifteen thousand glaciers is receding...

...at one hundred to two hundred feet per year, saturating the soil, contributing to landslides and to the destruction of two dams. In February. They killed two hundred people in the pole. Entire villages have been forced to migrate to lower lands to avoid once frozen, now flowing glacial lakes. Consider for a moment the leaves that sustained the tea industry. Currently, the soil under their feet is either soggy and unstable or dry and unyielding. Tea is heat tolerant up to a point. The growth of new leaves stops at ninety five degrees Fahrenheit, that's thirty five degrees centigrade. Insect infestations, such as the red might are now more common. Longal and bacteria born diseases are harder for the plants to combat. Leaves of clonal tea bushes cascade to the ground at temperatures above forty degrees Centigrade without rain, sells at the core of the trunk contract. No longer able to transport water from the soil, branches turn little. Death quickly follows. Now consider China the world's largest tea producer in the immediate future. Leaves basking in the sun benefit, especially in the northern regions, where long winters and frost limit yields. In a March two thousand and twenty one article in the Journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers there concluded that both heat and cold extremes were associated with significantly reduced he yields long term. Quote. In the present climate dominating cold extremes influence more than half of China's tea production,...

...with a maximum of fifty six percent reduced annual production. Climate warming may diminish the negative impacts of cold extremes, they write. However, reduced yields and regions subject to intensified heat extremes will emerge. In the colder region, dry roots with stand frosts better than wet but sustained heat is fatal. In a country that produces billions of kilos of tea, losses are estimated from fourteen percent to twenty six percent at the gangsea river and in southern China regions. The office other's right that quote. Increasing Heat extreames pose the most challenging changes for tea production in China. We expect up ten to twenty four percent heat induced yield loss in chongshing, who non on Wi and Zujuang. China accounts for forty one percent of global production. India contributes twenty one percent, in Kenya eight percent. All three are impacted, but decline in eiels of this magnitude would make quality tea scarce and while quantities will be sufficient to meet domestic needs, little will be left for export. As quality declines, consumer taste will shift to competing beverages. Tea is one of the most important cash crops and developing countries and, as a result, tea cultivation is of considerable socioeconomic importance for the alleviation of rural poverty. And China, about eighty million people are employed in the production of tea. Small holders, who contribute more than half the volume of tea grown in India and Kenya, will be unable to...

...irrigate or relocate to higher, cooler elevations. The World Bank has warned the climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to eight hundred and million of rules Luboon and solve over later. Calling some of last year's Temple Tea, he says tea has so much information to give. If you pay attention, you know not only the place but how the tree grew, even the mood of the person who prosist it. And that's a quote from the life of tea by Michael Freeman and Timothy to off A. Hello, I'm Kyle Whittington, founder of Tea Book Club. Although I'm based in the UK. Tea Book Club is an International Group of tea lovers and readers who meet up virtually each month to discuss tea books, and this book, in a word, stunning, just stunning, by far the most beautiful tea book visually to land on my tea shelf. The Coffee Table Book Format and fabulous photography by Michael Freeman make this a treasured addition to any collection of tea books. Add to that the knowledge that pours forth in the words written by Timothy to off a and we have a truly special book in our hands. One of the lovely things about this book is that you don't feel that you're rereading information on tea that you've read a thousand times before. Rather, you go on a journey to each tea type, each country, region, artisan or tea house, and along the way, dotted throughout the text, like so many villagers amongst the tea mountains, are these wonderful gems and nuggets of information. There's so much to learn and absorb, both from the pictures and the text in this book. It sits at an unusual sweet spot where visually enticing book meets a well researched and written reference book. This is not a book that requires cover to cover reading. Rather, you can pick up an area, go on...

...a journey and then move on to another in any order and approach the tea book club members really enjoyed the text is so well written, with great flow, great knowledge and great humanity. From historical and cultural context to processing details of a specific tea and the atmospheric approach up a tea mountain road, you really feel that Tim has been there, knows the farmers, the people and the tea. The large format and visual splendor of this book is, however, perhaps as big a sticking point as well as what sets it so beautifully apart, it's simply not easy to read and requires effort to open and get on with. The solution, though, is to grab the kindle copy as well for easy train or bed reading, allowing you to fly through the content Laden and beautifully written text without the heft and size of the physical book requires. That being said, I simply love this book, but I'd also love to see a paperbacksized version falling into the hands of every tea lover out there, because really, we all ought to read this book at least once. And I'd like to share with you what some tea book club members thought a great coffee table book, the text wrapped around the photography, bringing it to life. I adore it. It's definitely going to be a long term treasure for me. The artistic quality of the depiction is so beautiful and has such integrity. It's connected things in my head and if you'd like to join US far next rat, you can find us at Joint Tea Book Club on Instagram or t book club Dot Org. Intrigued by what we heard in today's podcast, would you like to learn more from our global network of Tbiz journalists and t experts? Contact them directly through subtext, private message based Plat avoid the chaos of social media and start a conversation that matters. Sub Text Message based platform let's you privately ask meaningful questions of the t experts, academics and t Biz journalists reporting from the tea lands. You see their responses via SMS text,...

...which are sent to wreck to your phone. visit our website and subscribe to subtext to instantly connect with the most connected people and tea. Remember the visit the t Biz website for more comprehensive coverage. That's www bizcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell. Till next week.

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