Tea and Herbal Infusions –
Variety by nature

Tea market data

Next to water, tea (Camellia sinensis) is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.

As tea is not commercially grown in the EU – apart from one garden in Cornwall, UK – all tea originates from third countries. In 2014, a total of 242.687 t of tea were imported into the EU (EU-28), breaking down to 14% green tea (33,284 t) and 86% black tea (209,404 t). 83 % of the total tea imports were supplied to those EU Member States, whose national tea and/or herbal infusions associations hold membership in Tea & Herbal Infusions Europe.

COUNTRY

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Austria

1,695

2,205

2,233

2,392

2,485

2,377

2,504

2,433

2,667

1,561

Denmark

1,369

1,382

1,384

1,337

1,296

1,435

1,306

1,388

1,516

1,668

France

13,433

15,260

15,090

13,932

15,311

14,924

14,730

15,124

13,012

14,833

Germany

17,530

17,573

17,750

18,000

18,360

18,490

18,960

19,396

19,176

19,376

Ireland

8,760

8,893

9,945

10,693

10,239

8,606

6,692

7,008

7,834

7,342

Italy

6,651

6,243

6,878

6,189

6,191

5,764

6,224

6,062

6,143

6,826

The Netherlands

8,000

7,700

8,400

8,000

7,700

7,800

7,700

7,800

7,800

7,500

Switzerland

2,628

1,722

1,668

1,728

1,763

1,635

1,784

1,789

1,627

1,791

United Kingdom

135,403

131,152

129,759

120,136

119,176

128,066

123,224

115,342

106,724

112,852

 

Data kindly provided by:

  • International Tea Committee (ITC) - Detailed market data is compiled by ITC, which offers commercial services on statistics (http://www.inttea.com/)
  • German Tea Association