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New Line of Cold Beverages from Boyd’s Coffee

Boyd’s Coffee®, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, is ready to chill with its new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options.

Boyd’s Iced Tea

Backed by a 114-year history as a tea purveyor, Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors including Original Brew (black tea), Green Tea, Tropical Tea and Raspberry Herbal. The addition of Torani® syrups such as Cane Sugar Sweetener, Raspberry, Peach and Blackberry create limitless options for operators. In addition, fresh-brewed iced tea is the number one purchased beverage in restaurants and is significantly more profitable for operators than the bag-in-box option.

Boyd’s Ice Cap

The whimsical and refreshing Ice Cap line captures the nostalgia of childhood summers, featuring an updated, fresh design and innovative flavor options. With frozen coffee drinks growing in popularity, especially with millennial consumers, Boyd’s offers a combination of coffee-based flavors, such as French Vanilla and Mocha, and fruit-based flavors, including Cherry Smart Bomb and Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Boyd’s Iced Coffee

As iced coffee drinks continue to build a following among all consumers, and particularly among millennials, Boyd’s Coffee offers shelf-stable iced coffee beverages available in Kona Blend Mocha and Kona Blend French Vanilla. Iced coffee is a well-liked beverage in all dayparts as well as year-round.

The Iced Tea replaces the company’s former Island Mist® product, and the new Ice Cap was formerly Coffee House Freezers®.

Boyd’s Coffee provides everything operators need for a highly profitable beverage program, including reliable, space-saving, easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment as well as visually appealing merchandising from posters to equipment dressing and flavor labels. For information about Boyd Coffee Company’s products and services, call 800-545-4077 or visit www.boyds.com.

 

Numi Organic Tea Announces a New Line of Turmeric Teas

Numi Organic Tea is launching a new product line: Turmeric Tea.  Numi’s Turmeric Tea is the first full line of organic, fair trade, premium turmeric-focused blends on the market, and highlights its namesake ingredient’s earthy and robust flavor in a collection of four cleansing and refreshing herbal teasans.

An ancient root related to the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange color.  Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and has surged in popularity over recent years as scientists have discovered its many health benefits.

Curcumin, the medicinal compound in turmeric, has been associated with numerous health effects.  A powerful superfood, health experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Andrew Weil have written about turmeric’s positive effects on the mind and body.

The turmeric in Numi’s new blends is sourced from Madagascar, where Numi is the first brand to purchase Fair Trade certified ingredients from this specific farm group.  Dedicated to improving the lives of people involved in every step of their business, Numi has contributed incremental funds to support the farm group’s Fair Trade certification process and has provided new tools such as knives, brushes, cleaning pans and bags for transporting raw materials from the farms to the processing factory.  The first Fair Trade premiums are being invested in improved drinking water infrastructure there.

“Our love of tea, travel, and creativity has inspired us to blend unique ingredients and create new tea experiences,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-founder, and chief alchemist for Numi Organic Tea.  “Turmeric Tea is rich in this vital root and blended with 100 percent real ingredients for tasty aromatic flavors.  This healthy tea tonic will revitalize, enrich and restore and can be enjoyed any time of day.”

Numi Turmeric Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, kosher and halal certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including turmeric as the primary ingredient.  Like all of Numi Organic Tea’s products, the Turmeric Tea blends are expertly crafted to not only be healthy but also exceptionally delicious.  Consumers can choose from four enticing blends that are excellent served hot or iced:

Three Roots: Blending earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice, Three Roots transports your senses to an exotic Indian Bazaar.

Golden Tonic: This uplifting blend of turmeric, lemon verbena and dried lime mingle for an exhilarating dance.  Golden hues of turmeric have an earthy sweetness as the zesty citrus notes soar and enliven the senses.

Fields of Gold: The mellow richness of turmeric, the sweet calming notes of chamomile, and the lively zest of lemon myrtle reside in Fields of Gold.

Amber Sun: With a radiating, smooth richness, this blend of turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon offers mellow apple notes with a sweet peppery zest.

Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Teas will be available to ship in August, 2014 to retail for a suggested price of $7.99.

 

Sylvain Toutant Named CEO of DAVIDsTEA

Sylvain Toutant has been named president and chief executive officer of DAVIDsTEA. He will be responsible for all operations at DAVIDsTEA and will oversee the company’s growth in Canadathe United States and around the world. He will also serve on the board of directors.

A recognized specialist in retailing, Toutant has developed businesses in Canadathe United States and Europe.  After joining VanHoutte in 2008, he became President of Retail and subsequently, Chief Operating Officer. Since 2012 and until recently, he was President of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig’s operations in the United Kingdom.

During the course of his career, Toutant has been at the helm of a number of well-known brands in renovation, and alcoholic and other beverages. Employed by Reno-Depot from 1987 to 2003, he became its President in 2001 and helped make it one of Quebec’s most admired companies.  He also served as President and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec [Quebec'sliquor board] from 2004 to 2007.

“Sylvain’s vast knowledge of the beverage sector, combined with his expertise in consumer behaviour, makes him one of the best managers in the industry,” said Pierre Michaud, Chairman of the company’s board of directors.  “In addition, his proven ability to generate organizational growth will be extremely valuable to us.”

Herschel Segal, DAVIDsTEA Co-founder and majority shareholder, said he is very pleased with Toutant’s decision to join the company. “We founded David’s Tea in 2008, and since then the business has grown continuously. We now find ourselves at an important time in our development, and I’m convinced Mr. Toutant will be an extraordinary asset for us as head of our business.”

“Tea is the second most popular beverage on the planet, just after water,” said Segal. “There is incredible potential for growth, and we intend to play a leading role in this market.”

TEAS’ TEA Line Now Available in Sprouts Farmers Markets

The all natural TEAS’ TEA® line is now available in Sprouts Farmers Markets. Starting this month Sprouts will now feature the following TEAS’ TEA products: four unsweetened teas­—Pure Green, Jasmine Green, Green White and Golden Oolong and three Lattes-Matcha Green Tea Latte, Black Tea Latte, and Chai Latte in 16.9 fluid ounce bottles. Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Its more than 170 stores offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness.

Named from the Japanese expression “Ocha No Naka No Ocha”, simply meaning “The Tea of ALL Teas!”, TEAS’ TEA is hailed as Only The Purest Tea™, for its thoughtful sourcing and meticulous brewing methods. The Non-GMO, unsweetened TEAS’ TEA® offers zero-calories, while the TEAS’ TEA Lattes are guilt-free with 0 grams of fat and 80 calories per serving.

ITO EN and Sprouts are both committed to helping consumers live a healthy lifestyle at an affordable price,” said Jim Hoagland, COO of ITO EN (North America) INC, with makes TEAS’ TEA. “Sprouts’ customers will now be able to purchase a wide variety of healthy, great tasting Teas’ Tea products at a great price.”

 

Tea Championship Tags the Best Iced Teas for Summer & Beyond

June is National Iced Tea Month, and the North American Tea Championship (NATC) is naming the 25 best, premium iced teas in key categories. The NATC is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America and the premier platform for showcasing quality teas. Visit TeaChampionship.com for a complete list of first, second and third-place winners in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

Some of the NATC victors are scheduled to be featured in the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle at World Tea Expo (WorldTeaExpo.com), May 29 – 31, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif. And all of the high-quality NATC-winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace.

Companies with 2014 first-place iced tea awards from NATC include: Argo Tea; Bhakti Chai; Crystal Geyser Water Company; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group; Honeybush Health Ltd.; Immaculate Leaf; ITO EN (North America); Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods; Mellow Monk, LLC; QTrade Teas & Herbs; S&D Coffee and Tea; Shangri La Tea Co.; and Walters Bay.

ITO EN (North America), S&D Coffee and Tea, QTrade Teas & Herbs and Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods boast the most first-place wins in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

“All of this year’s North American Tea Championship winners in the Iced Tea Class are exceptional and highly recommended for summer 2014 and beyond,” says George Jage, director of the North American Tea Championship at The Beverage Group, a division of F+W Media. “The NATC had a lot of high-quality iced teas to choose from. Most notably, we’re seeing an increase in premium iced tea offerings for foodservice, so we added four ‘Best Value Awards’ in Foodservice in different categories. We also presented a ‘Best Packaging Award.’ Congratulations to all of this year’s winners; we expect them to gets lots of attention from consumers and the foodservice industry, especially in the warmer months ahead.”

North American Tea Championship first-place winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

  • Argo TeaArgoTea.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Flavored, Green Tea Ginger Twist
  • Argo TeaArgoTea.comReady-To-Drink – Herbal – Any, MojiTea
  • Bhakti ChaiBhaktiChai.comReady-To-Drink – Black – Sweetened, Bhakti Chai Almond Blend Ready-To-Drink
  • Crystal Geyser Water CompanyCrystalGeyser.comReady-To-Drink – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Tejava Premium Iced Tea
  • Immaculate LeafImmaculateLeaf.comFoodservice – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Crushed Amber Oolong
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Oolong – Flavored, TEAS’ TEA Golden Oolong
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Sweetened, TEAS’ TEA Jasmine Green Sweetened
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, TEAS’ TEA Decaf Green
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Black – Flavored, Lemon Flavor Black Tea
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Instant Pu’er Tea Powder
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Herbal – Any, Hibiscus Drink
  • Mellow Monk, LLCMellowMonk.comInstant – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Just-Right Roast
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Green – Flavored, Summer Me Baby
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Herbal – Any, Citrus Ironwood
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Green – Unflavored / UnsweetenedEmerald Green
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Bag-in-Box – Black Flavored, Teafinity Lemongrass Basil Bagless Black Tea
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Bag-in-Box – Green Flavored, Teafinity Blueberry Thyme Bagless Green Tea
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Black – Flavored, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea
  • Shangri La Tea Co.ShangrilaIcedTea.comInstant – Green – Flavored, Tropical Green Quickbrewed

New NATC categories and winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

  • Honeybush Health Ltd.HoneybushHealth.com, Ready to Drink – Best Packaging, the complete line of Honeybush Bottled Herbal Tea
  • S&D Coffee & TeaSNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Flavored Black Tea, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea
  • S&D Coffee & TeaSNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Green Tea, Rainforest Alliance Green Tea
  • Walters BayWaltersBay.com, Foodservice – Flavored Green Tea, Walters Bay Lime Green Iced Tea
  • Walters BayWaltersBay.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Black  Tea, Walters Bay Pure Ceylon Iced Tea        

All NATC tea submissions were evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: dry leaf, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic. Winners were determined by rank.

Wilbur Curtis, a leading manufacturer of tea brewers and accessories, is the official equipment supplier for the North American Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation. Global Customized Water is the official water supplier.

The next North American Tea Championship will be held in summer of 2014 for an evaluation of spring teas. Entries will be accepted and details will be at TeaChampionship.com once dates are established.  To inquire about entering the competition, e-mail kaye.polivka@fwmedia.com.

Rooibee Red Tea Launches Ready-to-Drink Option for Kids

Rooibee Red Tea announced the launch of Rooibee Roo at Natural Products Expo West. Developed just for kids, the bottled tea offers the same health benefits and similar great taste of its parent line in three fruity flavors: cherry, mango and orange. A certified USDA organic rooibos tea that is naturally caffeine free, only 12 grams of organic cane sugar and less than 60 calories per eight ounce BPA free bottle, this is a tea parents can feel confident giving their children. For more information go to www.RooibeeRedTea.com.

When Rooibee Red Tea Chief Tea Officer Heather Howell joined the company four years ago, she noticed how much kids enjoyed the drink and knew they deserved their own. “I’m happy to fulfill the need of a healthier drink option for children by offering a tea with kid-friendly flavors, filled with unique minerals and antioxidants that also fall in line with school nutrition standards,” said Howell. “As a parent I know how important it is to feel confident about what your children put in their bodies.”

Rooibee Roo is currently production ready and will be available to consumers in select stores and online in late spring as a six-pack or individual bottles. It will cost an average price of about $1.00 per bottle.

Best Premium Hot Teas Named

The North American Tea Championship (NATC)  has named the 22 best, premium hot teas from the fall 2013 harvest. The evaluation was held Feb. 20-21 in Las Vegas, Nev., and all of the high-quality winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace.

Companies that took home an esteemed first-place award include: Black Tusk Trading; Florapharm Tea; Garden to Cup Organics Ltd.; International Tea Importers, Mountain Tea; Naivetea; Octavia Tea; QTrade Teas & Herbs; Sipping Streams Tea Company; TeaSource, LLC; Tea Xotics, LLC; and Walters Bay.

Garden to Cup Organics led the championship with the most wins, including four first-place honors, four second place wins and a third place recognition. This new player in the market, driven by seasoned tea experts, is a wholesale supplier of ethically sourced, loose-leaf organic teas based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The company’s teas are carefully selected, directly from organic tea gardens across the world, and hand-blended in micro-batches to produce the highest quality products. Garden to Cup Organics offers wholesale, custom blending, private and white label opportunities.

“The North American Tea Championship is an excellent platform to showcase quality teas, and we’re thrilled to have received the most wins in this recent evaluation,” said Raj Teja, one of the principals of Garden to Cup Organics. “And the best part of this competition is that it’s independent and judged by professional members of the tea community with stringent standards. For us, the timing of these wins perfectly coincides with the expansion of our distribution across North America.”

NATC Cupping Coordinator Mo Sardella, of The G.S. Haly Company in Redwood City, Calif., noted, “For this competition, there was a noticeable increase in quality and uniqueness within the blended and flavored tea and herbal categories. The flavored and blended products, which are experiencing steady growth within the specialty tea industry, have quickly become the most popular categories at the NATC. Within these categories, the judges noticed a significant increase in custom blends that include good quality specialty teas and herbs, as well as premium ingredients regarding flavoring, decorations and other botanicals. This is a noticeable increase from previous NATC events, in which most blended and flavored products were of varied quality, with less refinement and overall harmony in the finished product.”

All NATC tea submissions were evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: dry leaf, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic. Winners were determined by rank.

“Congratulations to all of the teas that stood out and took first place prizes,” said David De Candia, one of the NATC evaluators and tea buyer at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. “The North American Tea Championship continues to gain exposure in the marketplace, attracting some of the finest teas for review. Certainly, winners of this competition are experiencing the benefits of being an NATC-winner, such as heightened recognition for quality and taste, additional buyer interest and increased sales.”

A complete list of first, second and third-place winners of the North American Tea Championship is available at teachampionship.com.

North American Tea Championship first-place winners include:

Black Tusk Trading,  Blended Oolong Tea, Osmanthus Blossoms

Black Tusk Trading, Traditional Ti Kuan Yin, Ti Kuan Yin Private Reserve

Florapharm Tea, Darjeeling, Organic Darjeeling Jungpana

Florapharm Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Manhattan Natural

Garden to Cup Organics Ltd., Blended Black Tea, Black Rose Garden

Garden to Cup Organics Ltd., Flavored Black Tea, Lychee Black Tea

Garden to Cup Organics Ltd., Jade Ti Kuan Yin, Nanyan Tiequanyin

Garden to Cup Organics Ltd., Yunnan, Yunnan Golden Tip

International Tea Importers, Assam, Mangalam Assam

International Tea Importers, Keemun, Keemun Hao Y

Mountain Tea, Bai Hao/Oriental Beauty, Oriental Beauty

Mountain Tea, Green Oolong Tea, LiShan

Naivetea, Flavored Oolong Tea, Passion Fruit Oolong

Naivetea, Green Jasmine Open Leaf, Jasmin Bao Zhong

Octavia Tea, Dark Oolong Tea, Phoenix Mountain Dancon

QTrade Teas & Herbs, Chai, Sweet Chai

QTrade Teas & Herbs, Green Jasmine Pearl, Jasmine Pearls

Sipping Streams Tea Company, Aged/Baked Oolong Tea, 1999 Muzha Formosa

TeaSource, LLC, Breakfast Blend, Ceylon Lumbini Est. Burning Sun FBOPF

TeaSource, LLC, Black Tea, Jin Jun Mei

Tea Xotics, LLC, Flavored Rooibos Blends, Santa’s Cup

Walters Bay, Black Tea CTC, Walters Bay English Breakfast

Honorees will be featured at the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle at World Tea Expo (WorldTeaExpo.com), May 29 – 31, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif.

The next North American Tea Championship will be held in April 2014 for an evaluation of iced teas. Entries will be accepted in early April. To inquire about entering the competition, e-mail kaye.polivka@fwmedia.com.

Cool Down This Summer With The Republic of Tea

By Phillip Cahill

The Republic of Tea’s new Strawberry Basil iced green tea is hitting shelves around the world on March 1. This exciting flavor is one of many among the Republic of Tea’s line of bagged iced teas. A classic among tea enthusiasts for ages, this variation on green tea gets bold for a promise of a cool, refreshing summer.

The flavor is, in a word, satisfying. It is bold, sweet, subtle, and refreshing all at the same time, making for a beautiful and welcome guest to a hot summer day. Unlike in some flavored teas which sound good but get lost in translation, these elements work together in an unexpected way. No single flavor is the hero; they all work together to make something more.

Green tea is coming in to its own lately, not only with an array of flavors, but also with knowledge of its powerful health benefits. Enjoyed for centuries for how it helps the mind and body, green tea is growing in both popularity and variety.

Not satisfied to leave the mission at quality tea, The Republic of Tea’s bags boast an eco-friendly angle: these tea bags are unbleached and biodegradable, making for great nutrition in a garden once brewed. In a wasteful world, this is a welcome change.

With a commitment to flavor, health, and the environment, The Republic of Tea is a strong frontrunner for the emerging tea revolution; with popularity like never before, this amazing plant has found its home. This is a flavor that is not to be overlooked. Whether you’re new to tea and are looking for a relaxing drink for the summer, or you’re experienced and looking for something new, this is one drink that both promises and delivers.

Coming March 1 with a pack that makes eight quarts.