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 2018, a total of 228,869.10 t of tea were imported into the EU (EU-28), breaking down to 14.15% green tea (32,384.4 t) and 85.85% black tea (196,484.7 t). 82.47 % 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

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Austria

       2.504  

        2.433  

        2.667  

        2.342  

        2.146  

        2.605  

          2.300  

Croatia

           198  

           179  

           182  

           173  

           214  

            220  

             210  

Denmark

       1.306  

        1.388  

        1.516  

        1.668  

        1.835  

        2.272  

          2.000  

France

     14.730  

      15.124  

     13.012  

      14.833  

      12.176  

      13.990  

       15.044  

Germany *)

     18.960  

      19.396  

     19.176  

      19.376  

      19.220  

      19.066  

       18.074  

Ireland

       6.692  

        7.008  

        7.834  

        7.341  

        7.910  

        8.794  

          9.281  

Italy

       6.224  

        6.062  

        6.143  

        6.826  

        6.557  

        8.011  

          8.200  

Netherlands

       7.700  

        7.800  

        7.910  

        8.136  

        7.972  

        8.200  

          8.400  

Romania

           350  

           400  

           492   

           671  

           646  

            613  

             650  

Slovakia

           700  

           780  

           690  

           651  

           582  

            476  

             550  

Spain

       1.430  

        1.460  

        1.470  

        1.500  

        1.500  

        1.600  

          1.600  

Switzerland

       1.784  

        1.789  

        1.627  

        1.791  

        1.579  

        1.796  

          1.825  

United Kingdom

   123.287  

   115.272  

   106.340  

   114.897  

   107.233  

    108.341  

     107.862  

 

 *) figures as per Annual Bulletin by German Tea Association

 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