Steeped in change: The UK's status as a gateway to Europe for tea exports is under threat

Tea is a distinctly British beverage, and more than 60 billion cups of tea are consumed per year in the United Kingdom alone. Britons are among the world’s biggest tea consumers, choosing from over 1,200 varieties. Most of the tea consumed in the United Kingdom is black tea, made primarily from a blend of East African and South Asian tea leaves. Since very little tea is grown in the United Kingdom, the industry is highly dependent on global supplies, which are affected by the weather, crop diseases, domestic political situations and other external factors. The industry is dominated by multinational giants such as Unilever and Tata Global Beverages, which are vertically integrated and boast strong portfolios of brands such as Tetley, PG Tips and more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Green, herbal and flavoured teas are expected to grow in popularity over the next five years
  • A link between green tea and good health has increased sales to health-conscious consumers
  • Tea is expected to face growing competition from coffee sales, as well as juices and iced teas
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The barriers to entering the Tea Processing industry are moderate, but the level of initial capital investment required may be prohibitive for smaller entrants. The biggest threat facing potential new entrants is the extremely well-established position of the industry’s major players. These companies enjoy high brand and customer loyalty and have considerable resources to invest in advertising and promotions to protect and expand their market share. The major players, such as Tata Global Beverages and Typhoo Tea, are subsidiaries of highly integrated companies that have their own tea plantations. They are thus able to protect themselves from volatility in commodity prices and guarantee supply in times of drought or other adverse externalities. Giv...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Tea Processing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Tea Processing Industry are

  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Having an integrated operation
  • Development of new products
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from coffee, tea and spices wholesaling and Demand from supermarkets in the Tea Processing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Tea Processing Industry?

    Establishments in this industry process and blend tea. They also manufacture extracts and preparations based on tea, in addition to packing tea in teabags and producing infused teas. Iced tea is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Flavoured and herbal teas
  • Industry Activities
  • Processing and blending tea
  • Formulating tea extracts and preparations
  • Producing infused teas
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from coffee, tea and spices wholesaling
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Real household disposable income
  • Exchange rate - US dollar per pound
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Consumer tastes
  • Another cup of tea
  • Commodity price swings
  • Profit margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition at boiling point
  • Healthier options
  • Indian tea
  • Regulation
  • Local operations
  • Table: Tea Processing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Tea Processing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Coffee, Tea & Spices Wholesaling
  • Supermarkets
  • Food-Service Contractors

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cardboard Packaging & Paper Bag Manufacturing
  • Electricity Supply

  • Products & Services
  • Black tea
  • Flavoured and herbal teas
  • Green tea
  • Chart: Tea Processing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Grocery wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Speciality stores
  • Food-service industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Tea Processing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesAdvertisingWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Tea Processing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Tea Processing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Unilever UK Limited, Tata Global Beverages GB Ltd, R Twining & Company Limited, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Ltd, Typhoo Tea Ltd,
  • Table: Unilever UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Tata Global Beverages GB Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: R Twining & Company Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Typhoo Tea Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Tea Processing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Tea Processing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The outcome of steeping plants with the desired chemical compounds or flavours in water or oil.
  • Oxidation
  • The process by which tea leaves wilt if they are not dried soon after being picked.
  • Vertical Integration
  • The degree of vertical integration is the extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers.
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