Tea packaging: An essential element of tea production industry
Tea is an important part of our lives. We cannot imagine about a single day in our life in which we might be away from this stimulating beverage. Tea has certain health benefits, it provides energy to the nerves and refreshes our mind. It promotes mental clarity. People of all countries around the world love drinking this brew. Here we are about to discuss an important aspect of the industry. This aspect is tea packaging.
Types of tea packaging:
Following are the main kinds of packaging:
1) Tea bags: These were first of all introduced by an American seller Thomas Sullivan. In 1907 Thomas distributed his samples in small bags made of Chinese silk with a string. The main benefit of these bags was that users could keep the tea in the bag and reuse it with fresh tea. During the second world war tea bags were widely used in the United Kingdom. In the year 1953 Tetley successfully launched this packaging and it got immense popularity. The bags are small envelopes in which the leaf is packed. These tiny bags are very comfortable and easy to use. Today they are immensely popular among all sections of the society. High quality leaf is usually packed in the bags.
2) Loose Tea: Dried leaves are packed in a container or canister. Some tea leaves are kept in the form of gunpowder. These leaves are packed in a vacuum based container. Such kind of packing is also known as aluminised packaging. This packing is done for retail centers. While packing loose leaf the portions should be measured correctly using a teapot, mug or cup. By packing loose leaf in such a style one can make consumers feel comfortable while using. Another easy option to use dry leaves is using a tea cup with a three piece lid. This cup is used as gaiwan.
3) Compressed tea: Some teas are kept in compressed form for the purpose of transportation and storage. Compressed leaf bricks are being used in countries located in the Himalayan region. These are also being used in the Mongolian steppes. Compressed tea is made by loosening dry leaves in the form of a compressed cake with the help of a small knife. The leaves can be stored safely for a longer period in compressed form. The leaf does not get spoiled in compressed form.
4) Canned and bottled tea: Canned and bottled tea was first of all discovered in Switzerland. Maks Sprengler a well known Swiss businessman was the first person who suggested the used of iced tea in canned bottles. Bischofszell Food Ltd was the first producer of bottled ice tea on a large scale.
Uday writes often on packaged tea exporters in India hence the article. He also writes on tea bags technology and their use. Uday writes often on tea packers and suppliers.