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Eunice and David Bigelow up for lifetime achievement award

June 2016

Lifetime of pioneering and passion

Eunice and David Bigelow are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Specialty Food Association for their contributions to the specialty tea industry. The couple will be recognized for paving the way for the US specialty industry through their Bigelow and Constant Comment brands, and for their leadership skills and positive influence on thousands of employees. Eunice and David were also instrumental in purchasing and reviving the Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina since 2003. The event will take place on June 27 during the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

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Industry pioneer Devan Shah passes away

April 2016

True pioneer

Devan Shah, tea industry pioneer and founder of International Tea Importers, passed away unexpectedly on April 3. Shah was a preeminent figure in the US tea industry, having set up International Tea Importers, one of the largest specialty tea import companies, over 25 years ago. Later, he was the driving force behind the launches of Chado Tea Room, which currently operates 4 locations in California and India, and the Los Angeles Tea Festival. Shah was a major sponsor of the Specialty Tea Institute and a perennial champion of tea education. He was also distinguished by the industry for being a proponent of chai tea and one of the founders of the category in the US. The cause of death remains unclear. Devan Shah was 53 years old.

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