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World Tea Consumption figures (2011)

Some interesting figures for tea lovers. Although the bulk of these figures covers the mass produced green and black tea (which we commonly associate in the west with supermarkets), the report does give you a feel of the overall market.


Total world tea consumption increased by 5.6 percent in 2010 – the latest year for which figures were available -- to 4 million tonnes, and was underpinned by the rapid growth in per capita income levels, particularly in China, India and other emerging economies.

In China, total consumption increased by 8.2 percent in 2009, and 1.4 percent in 2010 to reach 1.06 million tonnes, the largest in the world. In India, consumption expanded by 2.4 percent in 2009 and 1 percent in 2010 to reach 828 890 tonnes.


Meanwhile world tea production increased by 4.2 percent to 4.1 million tonnes in 2010. Black tea output increased by 5.5 percent in response to record prices while green tea output increased by 1.9 percent. China remained the world’s largest tea producing country with an output of 1.4 million tonnes and a 33 percent share of the world’s total.

Source: Report of the 20th Session of the FAO - Intergovernmental Group on Tea

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