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Lack of rainfall threatens first-flush harvest in Darjeeling

March 2015

Heat to impact quantity and quality

There are growing concerns among farmers in Darjeeling and West Bengal that the prolonged lack of rainfall may adversely impact the quantity and quality of high-value first-flush teas. According to local meteorological data, the region received only 6.8mm of rainfall during the critical period of March 1 through 18, which represents about half of the normal level. Furthermore, no rain is predicted for the next 10 days. Lack of rainfall not only stunts bush growth and affects quality, but also increases the chances of pest attacks. Farmers are using irrigation to water the bushes, which, along with lower yields, will inevitably increase production costs and eat into profit margins of this lucrative harvest.

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Steven Smith, co-founder of Tazo and Stash, passes away at 65

March 2015

Twinkle in the eye

Steven Smith, the prolific entrepreneur and co-founder of Tazo Tea, Stash Tea and Smith Teamaker died at the age of 65. Smith started out selling herbs and coffee in the early 1970s, before turning to tea and building Stash into a one of the largest specialty tea companies with sales of $10 million. In 1993, the company was sold for an undisclosed amount to Yamamotoyama, a three-century-old Japanese tea company. His focus then turned to Tazo Tea, a quirky specialty brand with an appeal for increasingly health-conscious baby boomers. Starbucks bought the company for $9.1 million in late 1990s and turned it into a billion dollar brand, with Smith involved on the creative side until 2006. His latest venture was a specialty tea company called Steven Smith Teamaker that he co-founded with his wife Kim in Portland.

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