Price of a cup of tea set to rise steeplyTea prices to go up after droughts hit producers

27 June 2009

Bad news for British tea drinkers - the price of a cuppa is set to rise steeply after tea producers including Kenya and Sri Lanka have experienced supply shortages.

Supermarkets and food retailers are already experiencing increased tea prices, but haven't yet passed on the additional cost to consumers, according to food and drink retailer magazine The Grocer. Promotions and special offers on tea bags in supermarkets have so far helped to shelter consumers from the price increases.

Kenyan tea costs 21% more than it did this time last year, while Sri Lankan tea is up 25%. Both countries have been hit by serious supply shortages, and the situation is likely to get even worse in the next month.

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Tea supply shortage

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned of a significant shortage in supply because of heatwaves and late spring rains.

Meanwhile milk, sugar and coffee prices are also on the rise.

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