Congratulations to the 2018 New Product Award Winners!
Every year, the World Tea Expo bestows New Product Awards to producers of innovation. Categories include gifts, tea-infused food, sustainable packaging and more. This year, World Tea Expo awarded products of exceptional caliber that will add value to the tea industry for years to come.
Three judges evaluated 37 product entries. The judges are Brian Keating, founder of Sage Group, Seattle-based tea business advisers, trend analysts and product developers; Rob McCaleb, president of Natural Healthcare Inc., a natural products consultancy based in Boulder, Colorado; and Sara Martinelli, co-founder Boulder Tea Co., co-owner Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, Colorado, and founder of The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival.
Novel tea product packaging judged on cleverness or uniqueness, representing new design improvements and / or use of novel materials.
Winner: JusTea, African Purple Rain Tea
Products created to sweeten, or otherwise enhance enjoyment of tea; honey, special sugars, citrus, milks, flavorings for home use.
Winner: Bee Seasonal LLC, Artisan honeys from Brazil
Environmentally conscious packaging; compostable, recycled/recyclable, biodegradable, non-petroleum inks, etc.
Winner: Ahlstrom-Munksjö, environmentally friendly tea bags
Tea Infused Food
Any type of food enhanced with addition of tea; baked goods, confections, novel consumables.
Winner: Eat More Tea, spices combined with tea
Publications & Books
Tea-centric books, magazines, newsletters, manuals, tea-related teaching and training materials.
Winner: Jane Pettigrew's World of Tea
Tea Brewing (Electric & Manual)
Device that brews and dispenses tea, including English or Asian-style teapots, gaiwans, polycarbonate brewers, press-pots, cold brewers, etc.
Winner: FORLIFE, Iced Tea Brewer Jug
Tea Gifting, Special Promotions
Tea products packaged and promoted for use as gifts and special promotions: tea gift sets, holiday themes, special events.
Winner: Combination of The Tea Spot’s Urban Tea Tumbler and ITO EN’s Brooklyn Breakfast Tea/Coffee Blend
Includes strainers, tea balls, tea socks, bags, infusers, tea tools, gong fu accessories, tea bag squeezers, tongs, timers, tea bag rests, canisters. This category is exclusively for items that assist in the brewing or serving of tea, but you do not drink from them.
Winner: T-Sac/Aqua Select USA Ltd., home water filter