World Tea Expo Champions Named

The passion and enthusiasm surrounding tea and the tea community was highly evident at 2013 World Tea Expo (#WorldTeaExpo), which took place June 7 – 9 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the most prominent annual event for the industry, World Tea Expo — co-located with the inaugural Healthy Beverage Expo (#HealthyBevExpo) — attracted nearly 5,000 attendees and top businesses from more than 50 countries for the combined conferences. The event featured a dynamic exposition floor with a total of 260 collective exhibitors offering the latest innovations and “what’s next” in tea and beverages. Delegates experienced hundreds of new products, sampled new and award-winning teas and participated in three days of educational sessions and workshops. Next year’s Expos will take place May 30 – June 1, 2014 in Las Vegas. Watch for details at WorldTeaExpo.com and HealthyBeverageExpo.com.

Expo Attendees Select Best Teas

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World Tea Expo delegates name their favorites after tasting more than 70 varieties.

At World Tea Expo, the North American Tea Championship’s (NATC) Winners Tasting Circle gathered attendees to taste and vote on award-winning teas. A total of more than 70 NATC-winning teas were sampled in four different sessions during the three days of the event, and the following teas received the most votes by delegates:

 

 

—International Tea Importers (teavendor.com), Organic 1st Flush Singbulli Sftgfop-1 — Buyer’s Choice Best Black Tea

—TEAloe (tealoe.com), TEAloe Mint — Buyer’s Choice Best Iced Tea

—Teas Etc. (teasetc.com), Bai Mu Dan Superior Organic — Buyer’s Choice Best White Tea

—Immaculate Leaf (immaculateleaf.com), Aged Oolong — Buyer’s Choice Best Oolong Tea

—Aiya America (aiya-america.com), Aiya Premium Gyokuro — Buyer’s Choice Best Green Tea

—Dethlefsen & Balk (dethlefsen-balk.us), Tuscan Dream #22351 — Buyer’s Choice Best Unflavored Herbal Tea

—Dethlefsen & Balk (dethlefsen-balk.us), Maple Walnut #22522 — Buyer’s Choice Best Flavored Tea

—Aiya America (aiya-america.com), Aiya Matcha infused Genmaicha — Buyer’s Choice Best Blended Tea

George Jage, founder and director of World Tea Media, said, “We’re very grateful to all those who participated and made the 11th annual World Tea Expo a big success, along with the newly launched Healthy Beverage Expo. The overall traffic of the co-located shows was excellent and we received a significant amount of positive feedback from participants. Plus, the show was a hotbed of innovative new products and smart classroom-setting dialogues on industry topics. Some of the key issues at this year’s event were sustainability, supply-chain transparency, organic, quality, labeling and terroir and tea. And while we’ve said it before, it still holds true that now is an exciting time for tea and the beverage industry, and we can’t wait to see what develops as a result of all the innovations and industry-wide discussions.”

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