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 2016, a total of 238,224.30 t of tea were imported into the EU (EU-28), breaking down to 13.86% green tea (33,008 t) and 86.14% black tea (205,216 t). 83.33 % 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.

Please find a survey of the sales figures for the past years below. All values are stated in tons.

COUNTRY

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Austria

2,205

2,233

2,392

2,485

2,377

2,504

2,433

2,667

1,561

2,146

Denmark

1,382

1,384

1,337

1,296

1,435

1,306

1,388

1,516

1,668

1,835

France

15,260

15,090

13,932

15,311

14,924

14,730

15,124

13,012

14,833

12,176

Germany

17,573

17,750

18,000

18,360

18,490

18,960

19,396

19,176

19,376

19,220

Ireland

8,893

9,945

10,693

10,239

8,606

6,692

7,008

7,834

7,342

7,910

Italy

6,243

6,878

6,189

6,191

5,764

6,224

6,062

6,143

6,826

6,557

The Netherlands

7,700

8,400

8,000

7,700

7,800

7,700

7,800

7,800

7,500

8,000

Switzerland

1,722

1,668

1,728

1,763

1,635

1,784

1,789

1,627

1,791

1,579

United Kingdom

131,152

129,759

120,136

119,176

128,066

123,224

115,342

106,724

112,852

107,233

 

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