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Shizuoka Prefecture, famed for its tea, has been hosting the triennial World O-CHA (Tea) Festival since 2001. The two-part event features spring and autumn sessions, and this year's edition, the 8th, attracted more than 150,000 visitors. Read more

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Burundi’s first-ever private auction of specialty coffee, titled Grand Cru Burundi, will debut on December 8. Read more

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Packaging manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region will gain a potential new source of raw materials in 2024 when NatureWorks begins operations at its new plant now under construction in Thailand. Read more

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The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) will expand orthodox production at 10 of its 12 factories, supported by $6 million in new government financing. Read more

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Melodea, a sustainable packaging startup based in Israel, plans to expand its market presence in North America and South America by producing in the United States via a toll manufacturing arrangement. Read more

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The price of coffee declined for the eighth consecutive month in October, as the global supply forecast trended up amid weaker economic conditions that dampened the demand outlook. Read more

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The Covid-19 pandemic created a windfall for Nepal’s tea industry, as prices jumped 40% on Asian demand. Read more

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Nutrition researchers would like for flavan-3-ols to be included in the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the United States Department of Agriculture and Health Canada’s Food Guide. Read more

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The Tea Board of India in October reversed its year-long ban on blending imported Nepalese tea with Darjeeling. Read more

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Kenya’s coffee exports rose sharply in both value and volume terms during the second quarter of 2022. Read more

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On October 18, Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) announced an agreement to sell the Seattle’s Best Coffee brand to food and beverage giant Nestlé (OTC: NSRGY). Read more

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Tea prices at the world’s tea auction houses, driven to recent highs during the pandemic, are now stagnant or in decline. Read more

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