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Starbucks announced it would close all 379 Teavana stores by spring 2018. Pic: Starbucks

What does Starbucks closing Teavana stores mean for specialty tea?

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Starbucks’ decision to shut down Teavana stores does not come as a surprise nor is it a bad sign for the specialty tea market, according to Charlie Cain who served as Teavana’s VP of concept development and franchising until January 2015. 

Weight management ranked as the top reason consumers are limiting sugar in their diets, according to Mintel. ©iStock/JulyProkopiv

IFT 2017

Mintel talks trends in sugar and sweeteners

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Sugar reduction is a trend among most consumers (84%), with millennials leading the charge citing more reasons than older consumers for following the health trend, according Mintel.

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