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NEWS: Global Tea Championship Recognizes the Best Iced Teas for 2018

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The Global Tea Championship (GTC), an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas, presented three Gold, eight Silver and 17 Bronze medals to the best, premium iced teas in various categories --- all of which are commercially sold around the world. The competition took place in August in Montebello, Calif. at the Wilbur Curtis headquarters. Three judges tasted and evaluated all of the teas, including: Eliot Jordan, vice president of tea, Mighty Leaf, for Peet's Coffee, John Cullicott, president and COO of Walters Bay, and Manik Jayakumar, CEO of QTrade Teas & Herbs.

The Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class is divided into several categories, according to market application and sales channels, including: 1) Commercial 2) Bag-in-Box 3) Instant and 4) Ready to Drink. Each category is then separated into various sub-categories, to represent popular products currently being sold in the marketplace.

The 2018 Global Tea Championship Iced Tea winners include:


Green Straight
Silver: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Select Green Iced Tea
Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Organic Green Tea

Black Straight
Gold: The Tea Smith LLC - Blue Mountain
Silver: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Island Medley Classic Black

Flavored White
Gold: La Crème Coffee & Tea - Blueberry White Tea

Flavored Green
Silver: The Tea Smith LLC - Green Goodness
Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Organic Tropic Green Tea

Flavored Black
Silver: Teatulia - Watermelon Black
Bronze: Kai Organics - Texas Peach

Flavored Herbal
Gold: Kai Organics - Hibiscus Berry
Silver: The Tea Smith LLC - Hibiscus Cooler
Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Raspberry Cooler

Blended Herbal
Bronze: Brew Lab Tea - Spring Trellis

Bag in Box

Black Straight
Bronze: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Black Unsweetened Iced Tea

Instant Powder

Green Straight
Bronze: Cusa Tea - Organic Green Tea

Matcha Straight
Bronze: ITO EN (North America) Inc. - Matcha LOVE Unsweetened Single Serve Packets

Ready to Drink

Green Straight
Silver: ITO EN (North America) Inc. - Oi Ocha Organic Unsweetened

Black Straight
Silver: Tejava/Crystal Geyser Water Co. - Tejava Original Black Tea

Flavored Green
Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Unsweetened Strawberry Apple Green Craft Iced Tea

Flavored Matcha
Bronze: Templar Food Products - Maine Matcha Blueberry Blitz

Flavored Black
Bronze: Tejava/Crystal Geyser Water Co. - Tejava Raspberry Black Tea

Flavored Carbonated
Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Craft Iced Tea

Flavored Cold Brew
Bronze: Try MY T, Gourmet Iced Tea - Try MY T, Gourmet Iced Tea

Flavored Herbal
Silver: Tea North Ltd. - Blueberry Rodeo

Sweetened White
Bronze: teaRIOT - tea RIOT Hibiscus Glow

Sweetened Black
Bronze: Templar Food Products - Patagonia Cold Brewed Black Tea

Sweetened Herbal
Bronze: Tea Tea and Company - Lemon Ginger Tea

Sweetened Carbonated
Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Sparkling Blackberry Lime Green Craft Iced Tea

"Congratulations to all of the winners of the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation," said Samantha Hammer, the World Tea Expo event director and World Tea brand leader at Informa Exhibitions, organizer of the Global Tea Championship. "You should all be proud of your high quality, medal-winning teas. We look forward to your continued success in the marketplace and seeing your teas at World Tea Expo next June."

All of the recent winners will have the opportunity to showcase their winning teas at World Tea Expo 2019 in the "Winner's Tasting Circle" (if they are exhibiting or attending the show) - with a chance to win a People's Tea Choice Award. World Tea Expo takes place June 11 - 13, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (with a pre-conference program June 10). See (#WTE18).

Wilbur Curtis, a leading manufacturer of tea brewers and accessories, was the official equipment supplier and brewing host for the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation. Cirqua was the official water sponsor.

For more information about the Global Tea Championship, visit The next Global Tea Championship, the 2018 Global Spring Hot (Loose Leaf) Tea evaluation, will be held Sept. 29-30, 2018 in Boulder, Colo.

To inquire about entering a competition, e-mail

About Informa Exhibitions
With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Boating, Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, its transaction-oriented exhibitions enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Industry insight, coupled with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides Informa Exhibitions customers and partners with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

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