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Tea News and Biz Insight - October 8, 2021


HEAR THE HEADLINES – India Announces Tea Industry Reforms | US Considers Exemptions to Chinese Tariffs | and a Tribute to Nepal Teamaker Morris Orchard

| NEWSMAKER – Hiroshi Takatoh, founder Teatis Tea 

| GUEST – Jolene Brewster, founder Jolene's Tea House

| FEATURES – This week Tea Biz travels to Alberta, Canada, high in the Canadian Rockies to visit one of several Swiss-inspired tea houses designed to provide high-mountain trekkers shelter and warmth... and then we visit Tokyo, Japan to meet tech and tea entrepreneur Hiroshi Takatoh whose Teatis Tea blends of brown seaweed and matcha are formulated to help diabetics and pre-diabetics control high blood sugar levels.

A Medicinal Tea from the Sea

Tea has an ancient history of medicinal applications, many of which have been validated by scientific research. Joining us from Tokyo is Hiroshi Takatoh CEO, founder, and blender who, with his team of food scientists and doctors at Japan-based Teatis Tea, is exploring a blend of brown algae and matcha tea as medicine. 

A High Mountain Haven

The rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains thrust nearly 20,000 feet into the sky, a haven for hikers that inspired a unique style of high-mountain tea houses built to provide warmth and shelter along the trail. In Banff, Alberta, Tea Biz correspondent Jessica Natale Woollard visits Jolene’s Tea House - a refuge for mind and body.

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 Bolt. It is the voice of origin for tea professionals and enthusiasts worldwide. Think of us as a digital caravan of storytelling, bringing authentic, authoritative and exclusive stories do you weekly from the tea lanes. Hello everyone. Hero this week's headlines. India announces tea industry reforms, US considers exemptions to Chinese taiffs and a tribute to Nepal tea maker more sortard. More in a moment, 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 Wacky Lee, Bogajan, Thalawa, Harana and Elyptia tea estates support Save the children. Sri Lanka facing declines and export revenue. India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry has funded several programs and instituted, from a mental reforms in tea and September, the teaboard of India said it will suspend seven sections of the tea act of one thousand nine hundred and fifty three, following the Commerce Ministry and Decision to amend the regulations. Seventeen of the acts fifty one provisions are no longer enforced. As India gradually deregulates the tea sector, permits to grow tea will no longer be required, a decision likely to increase unregulated production by smallholders, who now account for fifty two percent of India's tea by volume. Tea Production has rebounded in two thousand and twenty one, up eighteen percent compared to the first eight months of two thousand and twenty to total seven hundred and ninety two million kilos in the south. FUNDS TO EXPAND mechanization demonstrate India's recognition that the cost of labor needs to be a constraint. teaboard of India will disperse eighteen to twenty K A, a, about two point five million US dollars annually, to various stakeholders. Under the new program two hundred and seventy five smallholders in the NILGRE's, for example, qualified for subsidies that they half the coast of battery operated leaf trimmers and pruning sauce. India's Minister for Commerce and Industry told executives on a recent trip to a psalm that, quote, exports have remained stagnant for the last ten years and, quote, she announced a ninety eight Karori allocation, about thirteen million in US dollars, to boost tea exports from northeastern India. The announcement comes as dartling exporters begin talks with Chinese buyers and hopes of offsetting a decline in sales to Japan prior to the pandemic. We've been trying to enter the Chinese market in a big way, said Anjumin Chanoria, chairman of the Indian Tea Exporters Association. The Chinese are willing to pay fifteen to forty dollars for kilo, significantly more than the average price for tea exported from India. DARGLING growers hope to export three to three point five million kilos this year, a total down by half over the past ten years. The Five Year Tea Development and promotion scheme provides about nine hundred and sixty seven Kuarori of approximately a hundred thirty million in US dollars for growers and funds...

...existing subsidies, as well as an additional one thousand quarry about a hundred thirty four million dollars in benefits to women and children. In the Solomon Best Bengle trade talks between the US and China will resume, but there is little hope the Budd an administration will do away with tariffs that have depressed tea imports from China for the past three years. However, US Trade Representative Catherine Tie announced the US will resume a program that allows companies importing some product categories to apply for exemptions relieving them from paying the tariff. Applications for exclusions were suspended in two thousand and eighteen us tr rights that of the initial two thousand two hundred exclusions granted, five hundred and forty nine were extended through December thirty one. Two Thousand and twenty criteria to qualify as based on economic hardship and whether the product is available only from China, which is true of several categories of tea. The US currently charges duties on three hundred and fifty billion of Chinese goods. Analyzing importers, who often pass the added expense to consumers. Tariffs had seven point five percent to the price of Chinese tea. Ti said the US does not want to inflame trade tensions with China. That made it clear additional duties and restrictions could be imposed business insign tariffs on tier and significant compared to those leving known steel and agricultural food products, and create no hardship for the Chinese, who annually export to billion worth of tea. The Fifty Day comment period on why the UST are should reinstate exemptions opens October twelve. The list of pre vious exemptions was posted on the USTR website. None of the five hundred and forty nine exemptions were granted to tea companies, but companies importing in carriages, submersible palm slam shades, bottle caps and electric motors all made the list, and gratulations to Birmingham based Royal Cup coffee and Tea Ros through and blender was seventy distribution centers now celebrating a hundred twenty five years in business. The covid death of teamaker Morris Orchard, General Manager the Jinshaw Barid tea is stayed in the Paul is a sad reminder of the pandemics poll on the global tea community or to a third generation team man, was fifty eight. Welcome to the program Kevin. Nice to be here. Will you share with listeners how more Orchard Advanced teammaking in his lifetime? He was sort of handpicked by the GL while he brothers when they started the junch Barry Project as one of the UPAND coming managers and they tuned into his authentic excitement about teammaking, which was one of his main features in the early s. Who was always somebody in the factory that had the focus it just on the teammaking. They would be proud of what they did and they would have a certain amount of passion and they would be respected by everybody at the factory. As costs and prices started to have a less and less that sort of passion and that person kind of got squeezed out of the system a little bit. A lot of factories ended up without that person. I think they selected Morris in the first place because they saw him as one of these people. He was always very happy to tell you stories about his past. Tea studied, made and so on,...

...and he really genuinely got up in the morning excited to experiment and to refine his artisanal connection to this cover product, and it's kind of infectious when you're a tea buyer and you meet these kind of people. There are still a few in the Himalayas and I'm always happy to hang out with them. What were some of his innovations? The Guy Wily brothers had been bringing in machines from here and there. It also been bringing in different cultivars, so it gave him a larger playground for experimentation. One of his big breakthroughs was developing autumn ties that were easy to sell at the prices of first flush teeth, which in the early days of my career really wasn't the case at all. He's really pushed the bar on the autumn whole leaf the production. Who sure personal story about mores. He was a very quiet, humble gentleman, just like to listen. He can had kind of a passion for life and other artistic endeavors. He was really into cooking. I remember one evening we were there and he announced that he had some friends coming over and he's going to make pizza. So of course you know we're up in the Himalayas. We went expecting much as far as pizza when but then we went out in the garden. He built a brick oven. He had gathered fine ingredients from here, there and all over the place and he was making the most delicious, fresh straight out of the oven pizza you could imagine, with all his friends around. The Poles reported world and fellsand covid related deaths. India they have experienced as many as three point millions. So spandemic began. Well, we have had a certainly had an impact in the garden. Some regions more than others. Some of the more distant regions we've had very little impact of infection the regions that's it's been quite heavy. They're actually a damn in Calcutta where the teas arrive and go through auction and dealing with people that are the tasters and buying and selling, and I have I don't know anybody over there that hasn't lost friends in the line in the last year or so. It's quite shocking how many people have been dying in Calcutta. COVID is most mysterious now more methodical. The miracle were awesome fearsome fatality colts that rival over nineteen eighteen pandemic. The greatest toll, however, is personal, affecting talented individuals like Moore sortard, with reprecussions that rubble through the global tea community, Arvindan and Thereaman in Bengalouru reports Indians tea auction prices. India tea priced report for the Week Ending Second October, twenty twenty one. The conversation the rounder farms continued. Last week, the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and a preapper tale, visited as Sam. She stopped by a tea gardens and met with stakeholders at an interactive session in Gohati. She also visited the Ghati Auction Center. The minister has said that a sum of one thousand crops rupees has been approved to be used exclusively for the overall development of tea garden workers in Assam and West Bengal. The focus of development is health, education and skill development of women workers and the children. She added that the government proposes to set up packaging and training facilities in Assam for agricultural and other commodities. The minister asked all the stakeholders to come up with a self sustainable model for holistic development of the industry towards developing a Sam as an export hub. The Tea Association should of India presented a paper to the minister where they've asked the present import duty of hundred percent on tea to remain and not be reduced to...

...prevent a greater influx of cheap tea into the country. In the south, the dippon exports continues to cause concern. Local media reported the severe shortage of containers, which has spiked freight rates significantly, at the cost of transportation now equals the value of cargo. About four thousand containers of tea are exported annually from the Mill Na do free charges that were one thousand fifty dollars to Rotterdam in December. Twenty and twenty standard seven thousand eight hundred dollars now in auction sale thirty nine. So good demand and Culcutta Orthodox continues to lead in demand, with Middle East active dagee links. So fair demand this week, with TATA consumer products more active than Hindustan Unilever. Prices remain similar to the previous week, with Dacheln C and average increase of twenty four piece this week. Gohati saw good demand for leafty, with prices remaining mostly unchanged. North India, so fewer outlots than the south. In the south, Kunur and Coimbatour had a lower sale percentage, at under fifty percent, for Orthodox leaf and dust. CTC LEAF did better. COACHIN had the lower sale percentage for Orthodox dust, at nineteen percent. Prices were not significantly different from the previous week. One hundred and nine kilos of green tea on offer and Kunoe remained unsold. And now word from our spounsure huge trade understands that are 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 a safe, regulated, profitable and scalable blend. Q trade meets every brand's retail, food service and e commerce need. For more information, visit our website, que trade teascom. This wig tubs travels to Alberta, Canada. High in the Canadian rockies, where we visit one of several Swiss inspired tea houses designed to provide high mountain trekers shelter and warmth. And then we visit Tokyo, Japan, to Meet Tech and Tea Entrepreneur Hiroshi Takuto, whose teeth blends of Brown Seaweed and Macha are formulated to help diabetics control high blood sugar levels. The rogan Canadian rocky mountains throws nearly twentyzero feet into the sky, a haven for hikers that has inspired a unique style of high mountain tea houses built to provide warmth and shelter along the row in Bath Alberta. Jessica Natalie Woollard. This this is Joe Lane's tea house, a refuge for mind and body. Joelene brewster's new tea venture is the culmination of years of passion and business experience, along with a healthy dose of contemplation courtesy of time spent in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. About fifteen years ago, the entrepreneur from bamf Alberta ran a tea cafe. Then she moved into selling tea exclusively online and at markets. Now she's back with a new business partner, a refined business concept and a new name, Joe Lane's Tea House. Joline, our listeners from around the world may not be familiar with the tradition of taking tea in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Tell us a bit about the history of tea in the bamp region. So we live in a place where tea houses are unique to Canadian culture. They are a part of our history here in bath the tea houses we have in this region where actually...

...built by Swiss guides and they were built to be a refuge for hikers and and explorers traveling and enjoying this countryside. And with the spirit of that, with the spirit of people having tea, drinking outside, having tea on the trail over the fire, climbing a peak and having having your rest along the way, we're still doing the same thing today. We are still a place that people come to to enjoy this incredible atmosphere, the mountains, to find what they're looking for, to explore, to have their honestly, to have their minds explode with the beauty around them. And and tea is the beverage of choice. That's what you take in your thermis out in the mountains and I really believe that whether you're at home in front of your computer working all day, we need those moments of pause, of presence, of introspection, of enjoyment, and a good cup of tea can give you all of that. Your original tea retail store closed in around two thousand and ten eleven years later, what lessons learned have you carried into your new business venture? One hundred percent. The model of our retail business going forward is so similar to what I've done at markets, and they've done hundreds and hundreds of farmers markets around Alberta, BC, across Canada. I've been to huge gift shows like the one of a kind in Toronto, which is magnificent and a lot of work, but it was successful and the interaction we had with people it worked. I love that people can come into our shop, they can sample different ties, they can smell. It's an educational process. The one thing that surprises people is especially because we're promoting the culture of tea houses and making that as much an interactive experience as possible. Within our own beautiful heritage cabin here in Bam we don't serve tea, we don't do food and beverage and and I learned doing the markets. If I want to be able to talk to people and make it more educationally focused, we're not able to be pouring constant cups of tea and have that busyness and distraction and we're not creating A to go environment. How is the business of tea different today than it was your first time around? I think there's been some amazing companies like David's tea really, who really made tea fun for people and they've they've brought people who normally wouldn't be interested in tea, they brought teenagers in. They've made it a modern, exciting environment and I think that has opened the door for us to go to the next level, to delve even deeper into the organic the quality, the you know that my newt differences paint a picture of the ideal joleen's tea drinking ritual outside, if you can take a moment in your backyard, on your balcony after your morning run, something with activity outside. I'm an avid horse rider and trail riding in the mountains is one of my passions and to be able to take a small saddle bag and pull out my thermis and have a drink of tea after my ride is incredible. My partner Jess would most likely run up a mountain and have a cup of Yoga Chi at the top to discover how the Canadian Rocky Mountains are infused in Joelane's business. Visit Jo Lane's teahousecom tea has an ancient history of medicinal applications, many of which have been validated by scientific research. Joining us today from Tokyo is Hiroshi Torcato,...

...see EO founder and a blender who, with his team of food scientists and doctors and Japan based Ted this tea, is exploring tea as medicine. Your companies to new powdered teas, calm at away or conditions. Specific lends formulated for diabetics and pre diabetics with high blood sugar levels. Why did you focus on diabetes? There is a popular song for diagonals. In diabetes. They locked the time to money themselves. So we provide the posts way to money's Doyce on on their control the loss of level, and also we give our way to their are solving the diabet problem more widely. There is an over four hundred million people was diagnosed with Tibe. is mean global in right now, hundred twenty two million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes and prediabetes Ik. That is a very huge problem. Under the cause of their are diabetes, a lot be to increasing under main driver we sold is consumer lack of time and cooking skill to effectively money their health. I think consumer with type to diverse loser average of two two hour and a half hour day. We want to solve this program and so we want to provide the fastest way to manage Newton without any cooking pretment skills. Maybe see you four years ago. I decide I start to result and develop this product using ingredient that have been clinically tested to alibiate highbrow sugar in diabetes. With our doctor and the Diet shots I want to give you away for solving diabet program more widely. So I every tea is pad just contribute to the companies are diabetes out of okay, task which goes toward instuting for life. US A food provide instuting and disease management supplied free or charge to diabetic patient. The COM blend. There's a mix of traditional rble such astr American ginger, or we can change Matra and powdered pepper mode. Prop us a little bit more about the health benefits you, Brown elder, and the helpful interaction of tea and she we but our key ingredient is sea with potonel and arguing it up, folks, something which was clinical evidence or innervating digest enzyme from digesting food into Google's. So therefore it can be reduced in the amount of sugar in the body and preventing blow sugar level from rising. So this mechanism also use in the medication to control have those sugar level with diabetes. Consumers without diabetes can enjoy the benefit of the row sugar plant best ring. That prevent sugar crusher and blow sugar spike before Saddim is, before there are their meal. That's the most benefit to control there after me a blows your spike. So now we yeah, we produced two type of flavor. How wines? There are mutch and mint based under two is that there are tim make and Ginger based Labor and their boss is a good fader. Hot lack there or on in the summertime, and the best way to use is put our tea on the some skin or a plant based meal, one teaspoon, one one teaspoon powder. I include are hot milk. That is easy to solve and the easy to drink. So that is the most simple way to use up product. And also some customer using our product into their are soap or something. So...

...that is another best way to use it. So I definitely recommended. Some other consumer are using, I'll put a ways, the SMOOTHIE, so they're green instant movie. So maybe that's this way is more fit to the match playors. You're making the point that it's versatility encourages people to drink these tea blends and soups or smoothies or in a warm plant milk by slotter. They are most important things is are easy to drink. So please enjoy. Intrigued by what you heard in today's 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 for more comprehensive coverage. That's wwwt Biz bizlcom. Thanks for listening. Farewell till next week.

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