World Tea Expo
Pre-Conference: June 11-14, 2018
Conference & Expo: June 12-14, 2018
Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall
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Conference Schedule

The World Tea Expo education program is comprised of five main components (listed below) and is designed to meet the specific needs of retailers, distributors and developers who have varying levels of experience.

Pre-Conference Programs

June 12, 2017

Tea Business Boot Camp: This educational experience is designed for entrepreneurs starting a tea retail business.

Conference Program and Expo

June 13-15, 2017

World Origin Tasting Tour: Whether you’re a novice or professional, you’re invited to join this virtual tour around the globe. You’ll make stops at each of tea’s seven major countries/regions of origin, cultivating a better understanding of the culture along the way.

Core Conference Seminars: In your Core Conference sessions, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of tea by considering current trends and retail solutions through panel discussions and expert-led seminars.

Focused Tastings: These 90-minute organoleptic explorations cover tea styles, tea regions or tea pairings.

Skill Building Workshops: These three-hour intensives will hone your most essential industry skills—from cupping to blending and then on to processing and making your own tea from raw leaf.

How to Choose Conference Sessions:

Conference Session begin with CS
Skill Building Sessions begin with SB
Focused Tasting Sessions begin with FT
Workshops listed as TBB01 and WOTT1


Conferences
Conferences

Monday, June 12
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Monday, June 12
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

  • Location:   N250
  • Session Number:  TBB01
  • Monday, June 12, 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
This educational experience is designed for entrepreneurs starting a tea retail business! Your drill sergeant for the day will be Kevin Gascoyne. 8:00 - 8:30 am - Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30 am - Tea Venture is Out There! Tips to Planning the Business of Your Dreams Kevin Christiansen 9:40 - 10:40 am - Financial...
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BABETTE DONALDSON

FOUNDER
INTERNATIONAL TEA SIPPERS SOCIETY
Speaker

BILL WADDINGTON

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
TEA SOURCE
Speaker

Charlie Cain

Principal & Executive Consultant
Building Oz
Speaker

KERRY SHAHAN

ARCHITECT
ACG DESIGN
Speaker

KEVIN CHRISTIANSEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CAFE BARNABAS
Speaker

MARIA USPENSKI

FOUNDER
THE TEA SPOT
Speaker

STACIE ROBERTSON

OWNER
TEA MARKET
Speaker

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Tuesday, June 13
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Tuesday, June 13
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS53
  • Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
Japanese Green Tea, Matcha, Sencha, Gyokuro, Genmaicha, and Kukicha have gained huge popularity in the U.S. This class will describe the history, production, health benefits and brewing techniques of unique Japanese green teas. It is aimed at merchants who carry or will carry Japanese teas.
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DEN SHIRAKATA

PRESIDENT
DENÆS TEA, INC.
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS33
  • Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
“Crowdfunding”: An alternative option for supplementing or even completely funding a project, without having to deplete your own savings or taking out a loan. It works by way of generosity, word of mouth, good marketing and just being comfortable with yourself and your vision. What are some key differences, along...
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SUZETTE HAMMOND

FOUNDER
BEING TEA
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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS43
  • Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
This is an introduction to the art of deciding what teas are right for your business and how do you find those teas. We'll discuss different considerations on deciding on the right tea selection. Also, with an eye toward pros & cons, and practicality vs. desire; we will also examine...
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BILL WADDINGTON

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
TEA SOURCE
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Overall tea sales across the Natural, Specialty, and Conventional Channels exceed $5 Billion in 2016, an increase of 5% over the previous year!  Do you know what types of products are driving this large and growing segment of the store?  Join SPINS for an in-depth look at retail sales trends...
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Jason Loughrin


Spins LLC
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS01
  • Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
I was perfectly prepared for a life in tea because I had previously written a book about wine. Wine and tea are both agricultural products  which at their best become works of art yet may be enjoyed even at their humblest. To come into existence, both of them require the...
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JAMES NORWOOD PRATT

FOUNDER & AUTHOR
JAMES NORWOOD PRATT TEA SOCIETY
Speaker

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Cold brewed tea has become all the rage! Want to learn why? In this session, we will describe the flavor chemistry of different teas, including green, oolong, and black, and show why cold brewing gives you such a different flavor profile from hot brewing. Then together we will explore our...
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Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace

Associate Professor (retired)
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Speaker

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Tuesday, June 13
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Location:   N250 and N251
  • Session Number:  WTO01
  • Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
World Tea Origins is an experience of the senses from around the world.  Join the tour and learn about the beautiful tea estates and the delicious teas that they produce. Jane Pettigrew with be your tour guide and hostess throughout the day.  This is your lineup for the day: 8:30 -...

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Tuesday, June 13
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Whether you’re a retailer or a branded products manufacturer you will benefit from this dive into the fascinating world of botanical raw material production, purchasing and quality management. We’ll review many of the challenges and finer points of procuring botanical ingredients along with ideas how to manage them, highlighting several...
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RICHARD ENTICOTT

FOUNDER
MERIDIAN TRADING COMPANY

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This presentation will explore various milk tea recipes and origins from Taiwan to Thailand - as well as their Americanized counterparts - and show how to easily integrate these longstanding trendy beverages into your existing operation.
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Adrian Hernandez, M.S.

Owner
The Drink Station
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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS06
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
The good news is that tea is exploding! The US Tea market is approaching $20 billion, 87% of millennials consider themselves tea drinkers and 1.5 BILLION cups are consumed each week in the US. The bad news is that the secret is out, competition is fierce and new players are...
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Charlie Cain

Principal & Executive Consultant
Building Oz
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS34
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
As consumer preferences are shifting to healthier beverages, tea is increasingly the beverage of choice!  Thanks to the growth of the tea category, both new and established companies are jumping into the RTD tea category.   The increased investments in new and existing brands are creating a “Tea War”  at retail...
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James Hoagland

Chief Operating Officer
Ito En (North America) Inc.
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  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS27
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
Much is known about world of tea, but Korean tea and people who produce Korean tea are relatively unknown to the world. Only when people visit tea fields, drink tea, engage with tea producers can people realize the profound beauty and exceptional quality of Korean tea as well as masterful...
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Dr.  Fred Y.S Yoo

Professor
Kookmin University
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS02
  • Tuesday, June 13, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” advocated Hippocrates 2,000 years ago. Diet is a key aspect of a comprehensive approach to good health. Tea ranks higher than most fruits and vegetables in antioxidant potential and Vitamin C and K content, and provides more antioxidants than any...
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Jo Schaalman

Author
The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days
Co-Speaker

Julie Pelaez

Certified Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
Co-Speaker

MARIA USPENSKI

FOUNDER
THE TEA SPOT
Speaker

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Tuesday, June 13
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS28
  • Tuesday, June 13, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Purple Tea is a new category of tea that is exclusively found in Kenya and one of the biggest innovations in the tea industry including the first true development in Camellia sinensis since its inception. Purple Tea is derived from a new crossbred variety Camellia sinensis and is grown at...
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BHAVIN SHAH

CHIEF SOMMELIER
WATERFALL TEA COMPANY
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS41
  • Tuesday, June 13, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
The specialty tea industry has been growing rapidly in the North American market, while hospitality has yet to catch up on education and appreciation of fine tea. Fine dining establishments put great focus on craft beers, vintage wine, artisanal cocktails, and responsibly sourced produce, but have left their tea programs...
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ELYSE PETERSEN

FOUNDER
TEALET
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Mengnan "Lola" Zhao

Tea Sommelier
Lucky Dragon Tea Garden
Speaker

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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS07
  • Tuesday, June 13, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Determining what items, at what price, and at what location within your menu offerings can be a daunting task. This class will dive into some of the basics on how to price particular items and place them into your menu.
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JEREMY BESS

CONSULTANT
REVENUE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
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One of the greatest strengths of tea marketing is diversity. Not only culturally but also generationally and genderally. So, is the current trend to target market specific demographics compromising what is the most valuable advantage tea has over any other beverage (except water)? How can you build a more sustainable...
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BABETTE DONALDSON

FOUNDER
INTERNATIONAL TEA SIPPERS SOCIETY
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS35
  • Tuesday, June 13, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
This class is for anyone who has ever wondered how to say "Bai Mudan" or why Pu'er is also spelled Pu-erh. The answer to both questions has to do with Pinyin, the system of romanization used to convert Chinese characters (or writing) to English spelling. We will cover the earlier...
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DANIELLE HOCHSTETTER

DIRECTOR OF TEA
TEFORIA
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Tea chemistry is not the dull test tube stuff you learned at school.  The tea leaf contains an Aladdin’s cave of compounds – some unique to tea - that we have learned to manipulate into a myriad of tea types.  Just what is in those leaves and what use is...
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NIGEL MELICAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR
TEACRAFT LTD.
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Tuesday, June 13
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS08
  • Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Series: 
Ravi Pillai, Manager of Tea Buying and Quality Control for David’s Tea, explains how the crucial principles of Quality Control can be applied to any size of Tea Company, to successfully enhance product value.
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RAVI PILLAI

QC MANAGER
DAVIDSTEA
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS42
  • Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Series: 
Channel your inner iron chef and learn about innovative ways to use tea as a culinary ingredient.  From soups to yogurt, the possibilities are endless.  Reduce waste by learning how to use leftover tea, if you've brewed just a bit too much.  Create rubs to sell in your shop.  You...
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MIM ENCK

PRESIDENT
EAST INDIES TEA COMPANY
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  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS29
  • Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Series: 
New Frontiers in Darjeeling, Nepal, and Kumaon. The Himalayan tea industry is reinventing itself. Join us as we cover its evolution, from pioneering sustainable approaches in Darjeeling and Nepal, to the rebirth of Kumaon, a once-lost tea region on the rise.
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Raj Vable

Founder
Young Mountain Tea
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The demand for kosher products is on the rise; there are 12,350,000 kosher consumers in the US, alone, with nearly 80% of all kosher food sales attributed to outside the “traditional” Jewish market. Kosher’s appeal to diverse ethnic groups, vegetarians and vegans, those with specific health concerns such as lactose,...
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Steve Sichel

Director of Development
Star-K Kosher Certification
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS54
  • Tuesday, June 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Series: 
Tea is more than a commodity; tea is a lifestyle. Today's tea renaissance is infused with teaists who turned their passion into a vocation. None of these modern tea pioneers received degrees in teaology. So how did they know what path to follow as they created their successful tea businesses?...
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BRUCE RICHARDSON

OWNER
ELMWOOD INN FINE TEAS/BENJAMIN PRESS
Speaker

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This topic that offers a much more realistic definition of product innovations with specifics on what tea products in the past few years have increased drinking occasions. The tea category is criticized for copy-cat blending and dated formats... recently a "tea in a spray can" was touted as innovative, but...
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DAN BOLTON

EDITOR/COORDINATOR
MYSTIC MEDIA CUSTOM PUBLISHING
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Tuesday, June 13
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SPO5
  • Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Demonstration by Chado Urasenke Las Vegas--Nobuko "Soshin" Inuma, Tea Master Los Angeles and Jodie "Soen" Cohen, Associate Professor Las Vegas and her students.

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Wednesday, June 14
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS03
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
Shelley and Bruce Richardson made their debut on the world tea stage in 1990 when they opened a tea room in a historic inn in the middle of Kentucky. Their unique blend of art, tea and culinary creations brought visitors to their door from around the world.  Fourteen years, three...
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BRUCE RICHARDSON

OWNER
ELMWOOD INN FINE TEAS/BENJAMIN PRESS
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SHELLEY RICHARDSON

OWNER
ELMWOOD INN FINE TEAS/BENJAMIN PRESS

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  • Location:   N237
  • Session Number:  CS11
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
Tea, whether white, green, oolong, yellow, black all comes from the leaves of one plant that grows in a narrow climate range – Camellia sinensis. Contrast that with herbals. Herbal tea ingredients include literally thousands of plants and plant parts harvested from roots, leaves, seeds and rhizomes…derived from herbs, fruits...
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ROB MCCALEB

PRESIDENT
HERB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Speaker

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  • Location:   N247
  • Session Number:  FT04
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Focused Tasting: Green teas pose a marketing challenge: their natural simplicity attracts consumers, yet these same consumers may find bland or weak flavors. How do we reconcile this genuine interest with flavor that sometimes disappoints? Tea consumers may talk “green,” but are apt to drink raspberry or strawberry green teas....
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LYDIA KUNG

PRODUCT MANAGER
VERILEAF
Speaker

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  • Location:   N245
  • Session Number:  FT01
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Focused Tasting: Want to learn why some foods make your favorite tea taste even more delicious, and other foods make it taste like so much hot water? Come to this focused tasting and discover the science of tea-food combinations: why some are disastrous and others divine, and why people may...
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Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace

Associate Professor (retired)
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Speaker

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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS09
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
Social Media is no longer an exception for tea retail businesses, rather it is the rule. The importance of knowing how to effectively plan and be strategic with your content is extremely important. With many platform options, the decision on which platforms to use, where to focus your time and,...
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NICOLE NEWCOMB

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER
TESTERS TEA COMPANY
Speaker

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Are you looking to generate publicity in the trade press or on a blog for your tea business? Have you tried to do it yourself, but you’re not quite getting the results you desire? Perhaps you have a PR professional and are generating some great attention in the press. But...
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AARON KIEL

OWNER
AK PR GROUP
Moderator

Anna Wolfe

Editor
The Gourmet Retailer
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Christine Kapperman

Editor in Chief, Natural Foods Merchandiser
New Hope Natural Media
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Crystal Petrello

Nutrition Correspondent, FOX TV Las Vegas, President of the NV Dietetic Assoc.
Fox TV
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GAIL GASTELU

OWNER/PUBLISHER
THE TEA HOUSE TIMES, LLC
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JAN WEIGEL

PUBLISHER
FRESH CUP MAGAZINE
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LINDA GAYLARD

BLOGGER
THE TEA STYLIST BLOG
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LORNA REEVES

EDITOR
TEATIME MAGAZINE
Speaker

Neil McRitchie

Publisher & Managing Director Bell Publishing
Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Speaker

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  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS30
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
Tea is the wine of the East. To study Chinese tea, especially historical Chinese teas which commands the highest price in the market today, starts with learning and identifying tea's value through terroir. Preliminary Class Agenda: 1. Layout of major Chinese tea terroir and how they’ve been historically ranked 2....
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SHUNAN TENG

FOUNDER & CEO
TEA DRUNK
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Wednesday, June 14
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Beyond drinking the tea, and identifying what characteristics and tones can be described, how does the tea compare to others of its kind? Taiwan Oolong Cupping and Grading sets the stage for the Sommelier, or connoisseur, to determine the type and quality of tea that is being served. It is...
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JERRY LIU

SPECIAL ASSISTANT
JT & TEA INC
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THOMAS SHU

CEO
JT & TEA INC
Speaker

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Many companies jump into flavoring and blending teas themselves without really knowing the consequences of manufacturing teas in-house. We will explore the techniques used today by tea professionals to scent, flavor and blend teas. This hands on skill building seminar will teach you the tips & tricks on how to...
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SCOTT SVIHULA

FOUNDER
HULA CONSULTING
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 14
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS04
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
Matcha, the famed Japanese green tea powder traditionally used in the tea ceremony is fast becoming a staple ingredient in the modern kitchen pantry. Celebrated for its delicious umami taste and antioxidant rich benefits, the finely milled Matcha powder offers the full vitality of the tea leaf as it is...
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RONA TISON

SENIOR V.P. CORPORATE RELATIONS
ITO EN, NORTH AMERICA INC.

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  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS31
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
Growing tea in a newly recreated bio- diverse native forest on the slope of Maura Loa volcano in Hawaii without the application of herbicides, pesticides and the monoculture use of clonal plant material.
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CAM MUIR

VICE PRESIDENT
BIG ISLAND TEA
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Eliah Halpenny

Grower
Big Island Tea

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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS10
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
Many shops are started as the fulfillment of an entrepreneur's dream. Much creativity, passion and many hours go into starting and getting the shop up and running. This interactive session will give you ideas how to attract, train and retain staff that will deliver on your vision as well as...
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TIM SMITH

CHIEF LEAF
THE TEA SMITH
Speaker

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  • Location:   N237
  • Session Number:  CS12
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
The indigenous shrub-like Rooibos plant with its thin, needle-like leaves (Aspalathus linearis) only grows in the craggy Cederberg area of South Africa, nowhere else in the world – a premise that the speaker will explore from a geological and botanical perspective.  Adding to that he will look at the history of...
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MARTIN BERGH

MANAGING DIRECTOR
ROOIBOS LTD.
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This session will utilize Euromonitor's unique global insights into the all-outlet market size and growth of retail and foodservice tea sales - hot and RTD iced tea - in 80 different markets. We'll give a data rich overview of the state of the tea industry in 2016 and - more...
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HOWARD TELFORD

SENIOR INDUSTRY ANALYST
EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 14
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location:   N245
  • Session Number:  FT06
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Focused Tasting: What’s the difference between a mixologist and a Junior High student combining all the sodas at a 7Eleven? Both will try anything, however, the mixologist produces perfection as they blend based on fundamental flavor facts. Hot, Cold, Blended, or iced. Get your taste on and develop your next...
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DEBBIE CHRISTIANSEN

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
CAFE BARNABAS
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KEVIN CHRISTIANSEN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CAFE BARNABAS
Speaker

YOUNGMOK KIM

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
SYNERGY FLAVORS INC.
Speaker

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  • Location:   N247
  • Session Number:  FT07
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Five Teas that Depend on Nature’s Intervention This Focused Tasting session will feature 5 teas that only taste as they do because of a crucial combination of natural circumstances. The powers of Nature and the ‘terroir’ of a particular region or garden (and of course the skill of the tea growers...
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JANE PETTIGREW

AUTHOR
JANE PETTIGREW
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 14
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS05
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Tony will discuss how many tactics are a blend of pastry chef, bartender, brewer, distiller, and of course tea blender. He will show and talk about tea lattes, custom syrups and concentrations, artfully cross contaminating, making ingredients as well as buying them and creating a tea kitchen verses factory. He...
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Tony Tellin

Tea Maker
Smith Teamaker
Speaker

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This presentation will explore the current trend of tea as a lifestyle not just a beverage, and how this will allow you to utilize this trend to increase sales. Specific events and workshops will be provided as examples of how to take advantage of this specific consumer and add to...
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Ms  Lynayn Mielke

Owner East-West Tea Emporium and Creator of The Well-Infused Life
Thrive-A LIFESTYLE DESIGN STUDIO, housing The East-West Tea Emporium and The Well-infused Life with Lynayn Mielke
Speaker

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  • Location:   N239
  • Session Number:  CS32
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Muscatel is an elusive taste found in some Darjeeling teas, most likely second flush teas. It is very hard to describe the taste in words, but it is easy to recognize the taste once you are familiar with it. James Norwood Pratt goes as far as saying that in tea,...
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SANJAY GUHA

TEA CONSULTANT
INTERNATIONAL TEA IMPORTERS
Speaker

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  • Location:   N237
  • Session Number:  CS45
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
As the only naturally-caffeinated indigenous plant in North America, yaupon was brewed for centuries by Native Americans. And then...lost and forgotten. This enlightening session will explore the history, health properties, preparation and current state of Yaupon; a vibrant American resource blossoming into a booming botanical industry. Always a large consumer...
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ABIANNE MILLER FALLA

CO-FOUNDER
CATSPRINGS YAUPON

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  • Location:   N242
  • Session Number:  CS44
  • Wednesday, June 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
How do you lead? How to run your business without losing your mind. How to find your balance and how to stay sane all at the same time.   Things I know now that I wish I had known then:  you have the passion, the desire, the want, so how do...
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MARY GREENGO

PRESIDENT
QUEEN MARY TEA
Speaker

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Wednesday, June 14
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP01A
  • Wednesday, June 14, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Education of Japanese Green Tea for Tea Industry in United States. Variety and type Processing method Production area

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Wednesday, June 14
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP02
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ceylon tea in Sri Lanka, David DeCandia will be presenting the 3 main pillars of sustainability: Social, economic and environmental as they pertain to tea. This must-attend event for attendees to update working with Sri Lankan Estates as well as become more knowledgable about the...

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Wednesday, June 14
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP03A
  • Wednesday, June 14, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cultivation of Japanese Organic Tea. Introduction of Shizuoka tea production area.

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Wednesday, June 14
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP04
  • Wednesday, June 14, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
World Tea Academy will shine a spotlight on the next round of Certified Tea Professionals at this year’s event. This ceremony will also include special recognition of the advanced-level graduates of this fast-growing online certification program. Prospective World Tea Academy students are encouraged to attend – program advisors and current...

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Thursday, June 15
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location:   N245
  • Session Number:  FT02
  • Thursday, June 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Focused Tasting: Last year's workshop focused on establishing that Trade not Aid was the best way to support Nepal after the crisis of 2015. This year, we will take this concept a step further by defining and tasting the unique flavor profiles of this Himalayan gem and learning more about...
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JENI DODD

CEO & FOUNDER
JENI'S TEA
Speaker

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Darjeeling is among the world's most expensive tea, but its workers are among India's lowest-paid. Drawing on interviews and long-term research in Darjeeling, I will discuss a disconnect between tea plantation laborers' understandings of what they call "justice" and fair trade certifiers' vision of "fairness."
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SARAH BESKY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
BROWN UNIVERSITY
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  • Location:   N247
  • Session Number:  FT09
  • Thursday, June 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Focused Tasting: Korean teas, largely produced by small to medium size estates using traditional hand-made methods, are not well known outside of Korea. For those who tried Korean teas claim that Korean teas are one of the finest specialty teas in the world. This tasting session introduces the audience to...
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Dr.  Fred Y.S Yoo

Professor
Kookmin University
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Regulatory compliance and certification is a sea of alphabet soup. Those tea companies that blend, flavor or take large bags of tea to make smaller bags of tea are, in the eyes of the law, food manufacturers. Because of this, there are several regulations that need to be followed to...
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SCOTT SVIHULA

FOUNDER
HULA CONSULTING
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS36
  • Thursday, June 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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A panel discussion about the viability of open to the public tea festivals in the US as well as some of the pitfalls of and how-to tips for starting your own festival. Hosted by experienced tea festival organizers and industry educators from across the US, this panel discussion will enlighten...
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BABETTE DONALDSON

FOUNDER
INTERNATIONAL TEA SIPPERS SOCIETY
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DHAVAL SHAH

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
INTERNATIONAL TEA IMPORTERS/LA TEA FESTIVAL
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JULEE ROSANOFF

FOUNDER
NW TEA FESTIVAL
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LORNA REEVES

EDITOR
TEATIME MAGAZINE
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NAOMI ROSEN

OWNER
JOYS TEASPOON
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NICOLE BURRISS

FOUNDER
MIDWEST TEA FESTIVAL
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How many times have you had an idea and wanted to pull it together but had no idea where to start? Maria Uspenski has done it time and time again with much success. Bring your notebooks and ideas to this presentation to learn how to make those ideas a reality.
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MARIA USPENSKI

FOUNDER
THE TEA SPOT
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS13
  • Thursday, June 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Series: 
This blending foundation course will help you understand tea and herbal blending and what it takes to make a great wellness blend. Learn the health benefits of the leading functional ingredients which can be added to teas and other bases such as rooibos. Learn about the health benefits of the...
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SHARYN JOHNSTON

FOUNDER & CEO
AUSTRALIAN TEA MASTERS
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Thursday, June 15
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Buckle up. In three hours you will learn more about the use and blending of herbals – spices, herbs, fruits - than 99% of your fellow citizens know. We’ll explore the range of herbs available, then zero in on the top herbs for use in herbal teas. You’ll learn some...
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ROB MCCALEB

PRESIDENT
HERB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
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It’s time to take your cupping practice from classroom theory to your daily working tea life, in this deep dive advanced level workshop. Using exercises from common real life scenarios (ex: crop quality, availability, price), you’ll experience how sharply honed cupping skills are a lifeline for your business. Learn effective...
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AARON VICK

SENIOR BUYER
THE G.S. HALY COMPANY, INC.
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SUZETTE HAMMOND

FOUNDER
BEING TEA
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Thursday, June 15
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS37
  • Thursday, June 15, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
We, tea people, understand tea, tea brewing, tea quality, and tea tasting but, how much do we know about tea’s century long rivalry with coffee? Which beverage is better for your health? What are the processing differences? What factors should be considered to make better products? What are the similarities...
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YOUNGMOK KIM

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
SYNERGY FLAVORS INC.
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Authors of A Social History of Tea, Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson, tell the story of tea’s rise in importance in the culture and commerce of Britain and the USA. Through 365 years, tea has grown from its initial role as an expensive aristocratic luxury beverage to become an essential...
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BRUCE RICHARDSON

OWNER
ELMWOOD INN FINE TEAS/BENJAMIN PRESS
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JANE PETTIGREW

AUTHOR
JANE PETTIGREW
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  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS46
  • Thursday, June 15, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Series: 
In this fact-filled session we will explore this ever-popular botanical brew in its prime, native growing regions of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. While South America is largely known as a major coffee producer, Yerba Mate is the native beverage choice for much of the population who value its uplifting, sustaining...
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STEFAN SCHACHTER

PRESIDENT
MATE REVOLUTION, INC.

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Competition for customers in the tea marketplace is at an all-time high and companies are always looking for ways to tout their products and set them apart from their competition. However, the labeling, marketing, and advertising of products is also under more scrutiny than ever before – governmental regulators, consumer...
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Justin Prochnow

Shareholder
Greenberg Traugrig
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As the market's thirst for higher quality tea increases how can tea companies play a proactive role, large or small in the evolving quality of our tea producers?
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KEVIN GASCOYNE

OWNER
CAMELLIA SENENSIS

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Thursday, June 15
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Location:   N247
  • Session Number:  FT05
  • Thursday, June 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
In this focused tasting you will explore the different growing regions in India. You will taste the differences from Assam to Darjeeling to Nilgiri. Smell the richness of an Assam to the subtle and fragrant Darjeelings. Learn how each regions uses different applications for their different teas. You will also...
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SANJAY GUHA

TEA CONSULTANT
INTERNATIONAL TEA IMPORTERS

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  • Location:   N245
  • Session Number:  FT03
  • Thursday, June 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Focused Tasting: Join us for a hands-on workshop exploring the inspiring world of blending teas and herbal infusions with Victoria Bisogno, engineer, tea blender and tea educator. Tea Blending is not just an art, it is a set of techniques and knowledge. In this session, participants will discover the basic...
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VICTORIA BISOGNO

PRESIDENT
EL CLUB DEL TE
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Thursday, June 15
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Location:   N238
  • Session Number:  CS47
  • Thursday, June 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
“Botanicals” or non-camellia sinensis ingredients are increasing becoming a central part of the specialty tea industry.  Consumer curiosity and demand is driven by the rich sensory experience made possible through the diversity of color, aroma, flavor and functional attributes that botanicals make possible.  This presentation will provide a frame work...
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CLARISSA SALAZAR

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGIST
QTRADE TEAS & HERBS
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ISAIAS SAAVEDRA

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
QTRADE TEAS & HERBS
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Notwithstanding the Chemical versus Organic agriculture debate, now the “green” growers of tea are dividing into Sustainable, Organic, and Biodynamic camps – with impressive certificates to verify their zeal.  Just what is the difference between these methods?  Which is best?  How valid are certificates and seals?  Which, if any, system...
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NIGEL MELICAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR
TEACRAFT LTD.
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Tea diplomacy is a subject evolving with time where the labour intensive industry need sharper and modern tools to keep this beverage at par with other competitive products like coffee and other herbal drinks which are fast becoming healthy beverages.
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JASON MCDONALD

VICE PRESIDENT
THE HAWAIÆI MEDICINAL TEA & HERB COOPERATIVE
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Mr.  Rajiv Lochan

CEO
Lochan Tea Limited
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Create a tea that is worth sharing. Develop a brand that is worth spreading. With more than 80 Million in their ranks, the Millennials are the largest generation in American history, outstripping Gen X by a land slide and even beating the Baby Boomers by one million. Their direct buying power is projected at...
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GREG LUI

VP OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
GARDEN TO CUP ORGANICS
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  • Location:   N234
  • Session Number:  CS38
  • Thursday, June 15, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Series: 
Take the guess work out of your water treatment. Spend only what you need to get the correct water treatment. Learn the benefits of a more flavorful cup of tea through water treatment.
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Brandon Keith

Production Manager
Global Customized Water
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JOSHUA INGRAM

CEO
GC WATER
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Thursday, June 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP01B
  • Thursday, June 15, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Education of Japanese Green Tea for Tea Industry in United States. Variety and type Processing method Production area

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Thursday, June 15
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored by:  
  • Location:   LVCC, North Hall, N1, Special Events Stage
  • Session Number:  SP03B
  • Thursday, June 15, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Cultivation of Japanese Organic Tea. Introduction of Shizuoka tea production area.

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