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Tea Biz BLOG|CAST: Episode 15

| Drought Eases in Assam
| COVID Wave Sweeps Over Nepal
| Are Tea Auctions Still Relevant?
| Major Grocers Chains Will Carry Flash-Frozen Tea Leaves
| Vahdam India  Emergency COVID Aid Update
| India Tea Price Watch | China Tea Price Watch
 Hear the Headlines | Seven Minute News Recap
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Are Tea Auctions Still Relevant?

By Aravinda Anantharaman | Bengaluru

Pranav Bhansali, managing partner at Bhansali and Company, tea traders since 1929, answers in the affirmative. Auctions continue to be very relevant and play an important role, he says. Currently 45% of tea sold in India is auctioned, vs 55% sold in private transactions.
Price discovery at India’s regionally dispersed auctions is an accurate reflection of the dynamics of demand and supply, says Bhansali. Transitioning from out-cry to digital auctions was the right decision “and if it wasn’t for the e-auctions, the tea industry would have come to a halt during the pandemic.”

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International Tea Day SofaSummit

By Jessica Natale Woollard
The all-day SofaSummit begins at 8 am EST on Friday, May 21. It is a lively virtual chat that introduces tea enthusiasts to dozens of tea experts, scholars, growers and tea professionals from around the globe. Initiated of necessity during the pandemic, the popular event is again hosted by Shabnam Weber, president of the Tea & Herbal Association of Canada. In this report Shabnam describes the days' activities. Read more...

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Climatic Swings Threaten Assam Tea

By Aravinda Anantharaman | Bengaluru

A drought was declared in Assam in April, a month that saw only four days of rain in north India’s tea-growing regions.  Fewer rain days since January and a rainfall deficit of 205 millimeters compared to the long-term average, meant that tea bushes were badly hit. Raj Barooah. director at Aideobarie Tea Estate discusses the erratic weather and what it has meant for tea production. Barooah’s estate, located near Jorhat, consists of two farms with a combined 645 acres under tea. The estate annually produces 700 metric tons of CTC tea and artisanal whole leaf tea marketed under the Rujani Tea brand. Read more...

The Story of Japanese Tea

By Kyle Whittington | TeaBookClub

Tea Book Club founder Kyle Whittington considers The Story of Japanese Tea by Tyas Sōsen one of the best and most comprehensive books on Japanese tea available. Read his review...

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