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Raizana Tea reshuffles locations as business expands

March 2015

Scaling up

Raizana Tea is looking to expand online and brick-and-mortar operations as sales of herbal blends take off. The company, run by a married couple out of Fresno, CA, has been selling locally-blended teas online since 2009 and has amassed a devoted following online and among trade clients. It currently boasts an average of 700 online orders per month and wholesale accounts in several states. The company now plans to expand beyond the current retail location, which also serves as its production base. The owners found a new retail space in Fresno, which is expected to sell healthy foods alongside herbal blends, whereas the former location will be used predominantly for production purposes.

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Rooibee Tea raises $2m to enhance product line

March 2015

More kids teas

Rooibee Tea, a manufacturer of rooibos-based bottled teas, wrapped up raising $2 million intended to expand and improve its product lineup. The initiative, which took almost a year to achieve, saw the company raise about $1.5 million from private investors and $500,000 from a crowdfunding website. Funds will be used to add two new flavors to Rooibee's current range of three kids' teas. They will also enable to transition all products to BPA-free plastic bottles. Rooibee also announced the addition of investors Charles Schnatter and Benton Keith to the board of directors.

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Tata hits back at allegations of slavery at Assam plantation

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Keurig to use DRM to lock out unlicensed refill pods

RTD tea softens blow of declining soda sales at Coca-Cola

TWG launches mobile shopping app

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Canadian direct sales tea company sets sights on the US

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Starbucks opens first store in tea-drinking India

Davids Tea reveals locations of stores in Chicago

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Argo Tea eyes foreign expansion with first store outside the US

Nokia brings wireless charging into Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafes

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Starbucks invests $78m in chain to lure India's coffee lovers

Unilever may be planning foray into tea retailing

New startup Epi Tea is launched

Numi extends non-GMO cause to packaging

Davids Tea plans 3 stores in downtown Chicago

French brand Le Palais des Thés to enter US tea retail market

Honest Tea releases results of social experiment

Coke plans massive marketing campaign for Fuze

Peet's reports 5% second quarter revenue growth

DavidsTea to open 3 retail locations in San Francisco

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to open first store in Dallas/Fort Worth

Lettuce Tea brand launched by Florida start-up

Appeals court ruling prevents AriZona's sale

Peet's share price reflects possible rival bid by Starbucks

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens second location in Huntington Beach

Peet's Coffee & Tea acquired by Germany's Benckiser

Tetley launches e-commerce website

First integrated advertising campaign by Honest Tea

Glassmaker Riedel to enter teaware market

Bigelow considers hiring CIO to boost growth

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Sullivan Street launches e-commerce website

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Honest Tea launches national recycling initiative

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Tea company supporting Africa's needy launches e-shop

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Sara Lee unveils name of new tea & coffee unit

Hotel group opts for tea over alcohol in Chinese hotels

Sara Lee to split tea and coffee business by June

Clipper Teas purchased by Dutch food group

Twinings shares info about blending practices

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens first Washington spot in a Hilton

Jamba Juice purchases boutique tea retailer Talbott Teas

Coffee and tea drive earnings for Sara Lee

Rooibee Red Tea reaches production milestone, grows rapidly

Tata Global Beverages eyes acquisitions in the US and Russia

Starbucks to expand aggressively in India and China

World Tea Expo to celebrate 10th anniversary at 2012 event

Entrepreneurial spirit behind Tazo Tea continues to innovate

Teavana reiterates 2011 net sales of more than $160 million

Kombucha maker opens first storefront in Oregon

World Tea Media acquired by F+W Media

Small tea company relies on unlikely funding sources for growth

Coke and Nestlé dissolve Nestea brand partnership in the US

Sara Lee acquires Tea Forté

Oldest US tea house looking for new owner

Rooibee Red Tea raises capital and adds new board member

Dilmah eyes expansion with leisure sector, production capacity

Tea grower from New Zealand focuses on tourism and exports

AdAge names AriZona one of the hottest brands in the US

Adagio Teas unveils third tea shop in Chicago

Canadian tea retailer David's Tea opens first US store in NYC

Tazo Tea relocates to Starbuck's production facility

Unilever's sustainability practices questioned by NGO group

UK tea company seeks record with world's largest tea bag

Lipton launches major sustainability program

Tea Embassy's online test filters most relevant teas

Teavana introduces Perfect Tea Touch App for Android

Atlanta Bread adds Mighty Leaf to beverage range

Direct sales strategy brews growth for Canadian tea company

New niche tea company focuses on rare teas

Sara Lee unloads foodservice coffee and tea business

Republic of Tea reaches milestone in donations to fight cancer

The Tea Spot scoops innovation research grant worth $460,000

Lipton and AriZona battle for first place in RTD iced tea market

Peet's opening its ninth location in hometown

Tea shop to share premises with real estate firm

Co-founder of TWG looks back at humble beginnings

Another Chinese tea company launches massive IPO

Teavana announces strong Q2 numbers and international ambitions

Tea Spot highlights social commitment with B Corp certification

New Zealand's oolong grower eyes overseas expansion

Hain Celestial launches novel product, sees more growth ahead

China's largest tea company plans massive IPO

Coffee and tea retailer branches out beyond county borders

New Zealand iced tea company about to go global

Adagio announces third store location in Chicago

Legal battles brewing between owners of AriZona

Hall of Fame Beverages reduces share structure

Tea Spot owner discusses company's background and goals

Worker wage deal threatens India's largest tea firms

Shares of Teavana soar on trading debut

Details on Teavana's IPO terms emerge

Harris Tea goes green with solar

Improving farmers' lives is part of business for Teatulia

Nestle and Tata exploring AriZona Beverage Co. acquisition

Rooibee Red Tea raises funds for strategic growth investments

Fairbanks tea company scoops tea-making award at WTE

New Leaf Brands explores sale or merger options

The Tea Spot applies for innovation research grant

Organic tea company launches on the West Coast

Tata looking to sell stake in international operations

Tea retailer capitalizes on booming Canadian tea market

Twinings mulls foray into tea retail business

Pepsi and Unilever revive Lipton Ice Tea brand in India

Bubble tea materials sold to UK shop free of plasticizers

Tea major McLeod Russel India to invest $6 mn in Africa

Worker unrest shuts down huge plantation in South Africa

Argo Tea opens fifth tea café in Manhattan

Cooper Tea and Third Street Chai to merge operations

Seattle tea shop celebrates 100th birthday

Sweet Leaf sees huge potential after Nestlé deal

Nestlé swallows Sweet Leaf Tea

Teavana prepares to go public

Rishi Tea warned by FDA over website claims

Canadian company presents Armenian herbal tea line

Socially responsible company scoops best black tea award

Starbucks eyes single-cup machine market

Tea company raises funds for relief efforts in Japan

Dentist creates tea that improves dental health

Coke buys Honest, aims to preserve entrepreneurial culture

Good Earth Tea closes plant, moves to New Jersey

TeaGschwendner pulls out of US tea retail market

Coke given green light to purchase Honest Tea

Canadian tea room launches gourmet tea line

Legal battle brewing over Yogi name

Tea Spot cancer pledge results in record donations

Adagio opens second retail location

Snapple accused of false health claims

Harney opens flagship retail store in NYC

New Leaf inks endorsement deal with football pro

Honest Tea commits to full Fair Trade certification

PG Tips reaches full Rainforest Alliance certification

Two Leaves and a Bud refreshes online site

Adagio opens first retail outlet

Tata plans Tetley stake sale to fund international acquisitions

Social goals drive yerba mate company

Tetley Tea presents new global graphics design

Starbucks on course to serve Darjeeling tea

East India Company relaunched after more than a century

Tea company turns to microfinancing for loans

Vibranz is first kombucha back on shelves

Honest Tea out to test people's honesty

Pasteurized kombucha shines after removal of raw varieties

Charleston Tea turns to RTDs after decade

Honest picks up exceptional workplace award

Steaz continues growth, appoints new management

Tata selects three global power brands

Sweet Leaf increases funding to $19m

Nespresso tea version announced by Nestlé

Tea juggernaut looking for more acquisitions

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Tata Tea opts for new company name

Coke to broaden Honest Tea distribution

Sweet Leaf encourages young entrepreneurs

Tata Tea and Pepsi plan joint venture

New Leaf Brands reports good results and outlook

Sweet Leaf acquires Tradewinds Beverage Co.

Lipton pulls ad amid doubts of brand success in UK

Coffeewiz expands range with Tavalon teas

Sweet Leaf founder replaced by Nestle

Starbucks enters Chinese tea drinks market

New Leaf Brands agrees distribution deals in NC

Tetley to source only sustainable teas by 2016

Whole Foods profit and outlook get a boost

Bigelow Tea hires Wayne Gretzky as spokesperson

EcoTeas obtain Fair Trade certicifation

New Leaf Tea expands into Arizona

Kehe acquires Tree of Life operations in the US

Newby to strengthen presence in India

Starbucks moves into European RTD coffee market

McLeod Russel buys Uganda tea plantations

Choice Organic enrolls in Non-GMO project

Green Mountain seals Diedrich deal

New Leaf completes debt financing deal

Bigelow Tea expands online presence

NYC's top restaurant targets children with tea

Honest Tea to stay honest despite Coke's stake

Tea company creates range inspired by fashion

Twinings to shed several hundred jobs

New Leaf Tea poised for expansion at Whole Foods

Tea room steeped in international activism opens

Honest Tea hires Coke exec to head distribution

Coca-Cola tests tea brewer for restaurants

Lipton plant completely avoids landfill waste

UK tea room offers teas from 5 continents

Celestial Seasonings celebrates 40th anniversary

McLeod Russel buys Rwandan tea factory

PepsiCo buys bottlers to consolidate business

McLeod Russel looking for acquisitions in Africa

Starbucks tests new coffee and tea store concept

Lipton tops buyers' list in Kenya's auction

Top Irish hotel cuts price of afternoon tea

Lipton to highlight its sustainability practices

Narien Teas debuts premium Hawaian tea

Brazil approves Coke's acquisition of Matte Leao

Tata Tea's latest net profit in free fall

Numi aims to offset emissions in 2009

Ito En operating profit set to fall sharply

Coca-Cola cool on Huiyuan takeover

Honest Tea adopts new lightweight packaging

Peet's original shop reopens its doors

Bigelow Tea teams up with Van Houtte for K-Cups

Coca-Cola buys stake in Innocent Drinks

Sweet Leaf Tea gets Nestle cash infusion

Tata Tea in major beverage unit consolidation

Coca-Cola acquires Bazza tea beverage brand

Gong Fu Tea featured in the Oscars

Whole Foods shares surge after upgrade

Restaurant launches Prêt-à-Portea for NY Fashion Week

Tata undertakes major restructuring in the US

Makeover for Clipper tea after a decade

Lancashire Tea struggles for survival

Advocacy group sues Coke over VitaminWater claims

Drinkers opt for cheaper alternatives - Twinings

Mighty Leaf partners with James Beard Foundation

Starbucks opts for more tea-based drinks

Aiya receives ISO 22000 certification

Whittard close to administration

PepsiCo: no new acquisitions in drinks sector

Honest Tea sees robust growth ahead

Lancashire Tea puts packaging up for vote

Ito En shares slide after latest profit decline

Sara Lee bolsters Hungary plant

Ito En shares fall as profit plunges

Tata Tea looking for expansion abroad

Coca Cola to start distributing Honest Tea

Revolution partners with Kraft in foodservice

Numi gets backing from TBL Capital

Sweet Leaf Tea gets $18 million

Two retire from Peet’s board

Coca-Cola looking for Honest Tea