2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Congratulations Nigel Melican!



Each year, World Tea Expo awards a tea industry leader with the ‘John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award’ for their unique contributions to advancing the business of tea. World Tea Expo’s Advisory Board, which consists of 11 tea industry professionals, chose 19 nominees this year with Nigel Melican as this year's winner. The Advisory Board’s selection criteria, among many other considerations, took into consideration each nominee’s impact on the tea industry on both the local and global scales.

Nigel Melican has 33 years’ experience in the tea industry both as a product developer and trouble-shooter with Unilever and, since 1990 as owner and managing director of his tea consultancy company Teacraft and his specialty tea e-commerce company Nothing But Tea. Nigel’s tea technology expertise has assisted clients in 26 countries - from green tea in Australia to antioxidants in Zimbabwe. His particular interest is in planting in non-traditional countries and assisting small farmers with techniques for handmade tea production and marketing, and encouraging the use of sustainable tea growing and manufacturing methods. Since 2013 Nigel has tenure of the DN Borbora Centenary Chair for Tea Quality and Manufacturing at the Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Assam - his special interest here is identifying appropriate mechanization technology for the Indian tea industry.