Certified Tea in Europe

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Sustainable certified tea is becoming more popular; production and consumption are on the rise. In 2012, 12% of globally produced tea was certified, either Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Fairtrade, or organic, or a combination of these schemes. Main sustainability issues are related to worker health and safety, labour rights, soil erosion, water management, pest management and residue control, deforestation and poverty. Based on current data and trends, the International Institute for Sustainable Development expects more than 80% of global tea exports to be certified by 2020.


  • Introduction 
    • Product definition
    • Flavours of tea
    • Codes used in customs & international trade
  • Production specification
    • Quality: grading and classification
    • Packaging
    • Labelling
  • Legislative requirements –Musts
    • Contaminants in food
    • Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) of pesticides in food
    • Extraction solvents
    • Organic production and labelling
  • Non-legislative requirements – common requirements 
    • Quality
    • Health & safety
  • Sustainability concepts - niche market requirements
    • Sustainable sourcing
    • Industry codes
    • Sector Initiative
    • Niche sustainability concepts
  • Trade and Macro-Economic Statistics
    • Consumption of certified tea in Europe
    • Production
    • Imports
  • Market Trends
    • Social market drivers
    • Technological market drivers
    • Economic market drivers
    • Environmental market drivers
    • Political market drivers
  • Market channels and segments
    • Analysis and interpretation
    • Auctions are key to trade
  • Useful sources
CBI Market Intelligence
CBI Ministry of Foreign Affairs