The Top Seven Tea Consuming Nations are:
1. China, 2. India, 3. Russian Federation, 4. Turkey, 5. Japan, 6. United Kingdom, 7. United States.
The United States imports nearly 40% of its black tea from Argentina.
This is low-cost, machine-harvested tea used in iced teas, tea mixes, and powdered teas.
The United States imported nearly twice as much green tea in 2009 in comparison to 2002.
This trend will continue as the health benefits of green tea become more widely-known.
The value of tea sales in the United States in 2009 was $7.3 billion.
The forecast for 2014 is $15 billion!