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Carrington Announces First-Ever Tea with Fully Compostable Packaging

Carrington Co., LLC is the maker of organic, non-genetically modified products including flax seeds, hemp, chia, organic coconut oil and teas. Today, the company is excited to announce the addition of “Carrington Organics” to the existing roster of high quality health foods, launching the first-ever tea to feature 100 percent eco-friendly packaging that will fully and safely biodegrade when composted.

Carrington teaAll components of the Carrington Organics tea from the packaging to the tea bag and tea itself are recyclable. “We are excited to provide the first-of-its-kind organic tea that is totally compostable, biodegradable, sustainable and leaves a zero carbon footprint,” states Executive Vice President of Carrington Farms, Debbie Shandel. “The Carrington Organics Teas allows consumers the opportunity to enjoy and purchase organic teas at an affordable price. Carrington Organics looks to add the positive into one’s everyday life.”

The new Carrington Organics Tea line is offered in three great flavors including Chamomile, Soothing Herbal and Green Tea Lemon. Carrington Organics teas contain 20 tea bags per package and are available for purchase (MSRP $3.99) at Wal-Mart, select grocery stores and online. All Carrington Organics tea products are organic-certified and packed in the United States.

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Nonprofit Tea Tibet Wowed the Crowd at Natural Products Expo East

awardTea Tibet, a recently launched and utterly new concept, won two industry awards at this years’ Natural Products Expo East: Most Innovative Product and Best of the Press. Launched in the spring of 2013 as a cause-related project of Portland-based Kombucha Wonder Drink, Tea Tibet’s sole mission is to produce the very best tea for the benefit of the Tibetan people.  All profits (100 percent) from Tea Tibet support Tibetan educational projects, schools and orphanages.

A Passionate Ideal… Steeped in Tibetan Tradition

Tea Tibet came to be when renowned Tibetan healer, Dr. Tashi Rabten approached veteran tea expert, Stephen Lee, Co-founder of five tea brands, including Stash & Tazo, and now Kombucha Wonder Drink, to spearhead this unprecedented project.

CompassionENG_3862Using the finest organic, fair traded teas from the Darjeeling region of India’s Himalayan foothills along with botanicals from around the world, Tea Tibet’s initial (and now award-winning) offering consists of five flavors: Compassion (Darjeeling), Peace (herbal infusion), Harmony (spiced tea), Kindness (green tea), and Happiness (Oolong tea).  The packaging pays tribute to the five primary colors of the Tibetan prayer flag, and consumers may request a free mini-prayer flag from the company.  Each unique blend has been carefully crafted under the stewardship of Lee and offers superior appearance, taste, and aroma.  Currently distributed through UNFI, these fine teas are available in over 400 stores nation-wide with that number expected to triple by year’s end.

“We are both humbled and overjoyed by this tremendous media recognition and by that of our peers,” says Tea Tibet co-founder, Stephen Lee.  “Tea Tibet is very special to all of us, and for our young project to be recognized and embraced immediately further reinforces the importance of the goals and the world’s commitment to the betterment of Tibet and its people. We are indeed leveraging change, one sip at a time.”

The Most Innovative New Product Award is determined by popular vote among the 22,000+ attendees at the Expo.  The Best of the Press Award is determined by popular vote among press attendees at the Expo.

Tetley Responds to Customer Tastes with Black & Green Blend

Tetley heard from consumers that they want to include green tea in their diet for health purposes, but many do not like the taste, which can be bitter. Most people prefer the taste of black tea to green. Tetley B&G Left

Tetley responded to this consumer feedback with a tea that offers a full flavored black tea taste profile, but with the goodness of green tea: the Black & Green Blend. Black & Green presents tea drinkers with the opportunity to get the best of both in one cup – full flavored black tea with the goodness of green tea, but without the bitter taste.

Tetley Black & Green will be available in retailers nationwide as well as on It’s available online now and should start appearing on store shelves in the coming weeks. Tetley Black & Green is available in a 72-count box for a suggested retail price of $4.39.  

Sweet, Spicy and Soothing Flavors at #ExpoEast

LIVE_EEBraswell’s Wasabi Mustard is new for the show. It builds on the specialty mustards line previously exemplified by the sofi-award winning Smoky Chipotle Mustard. Both products are packaged in French juice glasses, in keeping with the Braswell’s tradition of packaging in reusable and collectible containers. Also packaged in the French juice glasses is a new line of preserves with cocoa added for rich chocolate-fruit flavors. There’s Chocolate Raspberry Preserves, Chocolate Strawberry, and Chocolate Tart Cherry. For more information, visit

Twinings of London served organic teas to an enthusiastic reception in its booth at Expo East. Among the varieties on offer for sampling were Organic & Fair Trade-certified Earl Grey, 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Breakfast Blend and 100 percent Organic & Fair Trade-certified Chamomile with Mint & Lemon.

Beanitos’ White Bean with Sea Salt restaurant-style chips were introduced to the market in March and are finding their way into stores across the country now. The chips are all wheat-free, soy-free and nut-free, and the brand has become the fastest growing snack chip brand in the country, according to a 2013 market survey of brands sold in natural and convenience supermarkets.

Simply Southern Gourmet has a line of mustards that President Jerry Novak says are all natural, gluten-free, low-salt, low sugar, and fat free. The company is based in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “Our products are great brushed on seafood before grilling. The pineapple-cranberry is wonderful on pork tenderloin or turkey,” Novak says. “The Sweet Potato Mustard is very nice brushed on salmon, ham and turkey or spread on your favorite sandwiches.” There are four products in the line: Sweet Potato Pepper Mustard, Roasted Peach Mango Mustard, Balsamic Sweet Onion Pepper Mustard and Roasted Pineapple Cranberry Pepper Novak recommends any of them mixed with cream cheese for an easy appetizer. For more information visit Call 843.281.6070 or 800.281.3149.

TEA-RRIFIC Ice Creams to be Offered at Central Market

TEA·RRIFIC! ICE CREAM®, an artisanal ice cream company based in Norwalk, Conn., has
announced that its ice cream is now available at all Central Market locations in Texas. Central Market will be carrying all five flavors – London Mist, Chunky London Mist, Ginger Matcha, Masala Chai and Chamomile – which will be followed by a new flavor that is planned for released next month.

Mario Leite, President and Founder of TEA·RRIFIC! ICE CREAM® stated, “We are very excited to be a part of the wonderful line-up of products Central Market offers its customers and to have the opportunity to share with them our distinctly delicious ice cream.”
Central Market is a gourmet grocery chain with nine locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, San Antonio and Southlake. To find a location near you, visit the TEA-RRIFIC! ICE CREAM website at

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 and

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 (, Organic 1st Flush Singbulli Sftgfop-1 — Buyer’s Choice Best Black Tea

—TEAloe (, TEAloe Mint — Buyer’s Choice Best Iced Tea

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

—Immaculate Leaf (, Aged Oolong — Buyer’s Choice Best Oolong Tea

—Aiya America (, Aiya Premium Gyokuro — Buyer’s Choice Best Green Tea

—Dethlefsen & Balk (, Tuscan Dream #22351 — Buyer’s Choice Best Unflavored Herbal Tea

—Dethlefsen & Balk (, Maple Walnut #22522 — Buyer’s Choice Best Flavored Tea

—Aiya America (, 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.”

Stop in for a Cuppa at The Republic of Tea #SFFS13

40461_CuppaCake_LemonChiffonBy Lorrie Baumann

Cuppa Cake Teas from The Republic of Tea is a line of teas inspired by cake flavors. They include Lemon Chiffon, Caramel Vanilla, and Blueberry Bundt. These teas taste like cake without any calories. “They really fill that craving for dessert, but they’re guilt-free,” says Alicia DeMartini, Minister of Enlightenment for The Republic of Tea. “You can serve them hot with a splash of milk or over ice, which is very refreshing.”
40449_Watermelon_HibiscusNew for the show is a Watermelon Tea that’s part of the Hibiscus line. “What’s special about this tea is that a dollar from every tin sold benefits Action Against Hunger, a nonprofit working to end hunger and create sustainable water solutions around the world,” DeMartini said.
Holiday tea selections include Pumpkin Spice, which was new last year, Hot Apple Cider Tea andComfort and Joy Tea, which is very popular for its nostalgic holiday spice flavor and aroma. Visit during the show in booth #4238 and find The Republic of Tea online at

Numi Organic Tea Announces World of Tea Collection

Numi Organic Tea, known for organic, non-GMO and fair trade certified teas and teasans announces a new tea gift set: the World of Tea Collection. Celebrate people, planet and pure tea with an array of flavors that will take you on a journey of tea types and the history of their origin within different cultures.

“At Numi, we have always searched high and low across the globe for the absolute best ingredients available,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Alchemist at Numi Organic Tea. “The World of Tea Collection, however, represents the first time that we’ve assembled a compilation of our teas in a way that seeks to share both global tea flavors and their stories.”

Numi teaPackaged in a stylish, sustainable handcrafted bamboo box, the World of Tea Collection makes an unforgettable gift for any tea lover, foodie, or culinary explorer. Each box contains five bags of each of the following nine organic tea blends (45 tea bags total), representing iconic tastes from around the world:

Aged Earl Grey – Italy

Real Italian bergamot orange is laid atop black tea to naturally absorb the orange scent, resulting in a one-of- a-kind rich Earl Grey tea with subtle citrus notes.

Breakfast Blend – England

Traditional blend of four robust and distinct black teas makes for a hearty yet balanced morning cup of tea – perfect for all those Brits!

Golden Chai – India

Black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and other spices make for a rich exotic blend – an enchanting taste of India.

Mate Lemon Green – Brazil

The Guarani tribe of South America enjoys yerba mate as a daily tonic. Blended with lemon myrtle and green tea, this blend has a bright lemon taste with earthy undertones.

Jasmine Green – China

Originating in the Song Dynasty, this fragrant green tea was reserved for the Imperial Court. Jasmine flowers are laid atop green tea leaves and their scent is naturally embraced. This smooth green tea has layers of subtle fragrance and hints of moonlight.

Gunpowder Green – Taiwan

This green tea is made by rolling tea leaves into tiny pellets. Early British traders thought they resembled gunpowder, and gave this tea its distinct name. Appearing in Taiwan in the 19th century, it was embraced for its hint of smoky flavor and full-bodied smooth taste.

Rooibos – South Africa

Cultivated and consumed in South Africa for centuries for its healing properties, this herbal teasan, also known as red tea, features rich earthy vanilla notes.

Moroccan Mint – Morocco

Known as “nana mint” in North Africa, this single-origin herbal beverage is light and lively with a sweet spearmint flavor.

Chamomile Lemon – Egypt

Chamomile blossoms grow along the Nile River in Egypt. This unique blend highlights a touch of citrus with sweet calming notes.

Numi Organic Tea
World of Tea Collection
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
Available beginning October 2013
At, and select Costco stores