- Despite a 4% decline in off-trade volume terms, changes in unit prices and consumers’ affinity for premium teas led to 4% growth in off-trade current value terms. The increase in dollar spend demonstrated the continued ability of manufacturers to increase prices on healthy items. Health-oriented consumers are often drawn to tea, since it is naturally laden with antioxidants, catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), all of which are positively linked with health and disease prevention. Despite this, retail volume sales dropped by 4% to 36,151 tonnes. This can be attributed to consumers switching to RTD teas for their health benefits, or embracing customisation and new formats in coffee.
- In 2012 Unilever’s sales of tea increased by 2%, reaching US$385 million. Despite this growth, Unilever saw half a percentage point decline in share, but still led with an 18% share of off-trade value sales of tea. The company’s Lipton brand was the top-selling tea brand in the country in 2012, and is well-established, found in most supermarkets, hypermarkets and convenience stores. As Unilever is one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the world, Lipton is able to benefit from its strong distribution and bargaining power with retailers. However, the company’s ubiquitous market presence leads to its brands being perceived as the standard or economy option for tea. To battle this, Unilever has developed premium brands under Lipton, such as green, herbal and fruit tea varieties.
- Tea is projected to increase by 10% in on-trade volume terms over the forecast period, growing to 37,727 tonnes by 2017. The rise of speciality tea shops and the education of consumers as to the distinct varieties and flavours of tea will support this growth. Investment by larger brands, such as Starbucks with Tazo and Teavana, and the expansion of speciality on-trade tea brands such as Argo and DAVIDsTea, will support this strong growth. This on-trade interest has also expanded to mass on-trade channels. The popularity of RTD tea has crossed over to the foodservice channel, with many consumers looking for alternatives to carbonates. Unsweetened iced teas have no calories, are all natural, and provide antioxidants to boost the body’s health – all positive qualities when compared with other soft drinks. To keep up with health-oriented consumers, foodservice outlets (such as McDonald’s) have begun offering freshly brewed iced tea to their customers. This has been popular amongst consumers, and will continue to prompt other foodservice competitors to follow suit and diversify their drinks options with freshly brewed iced tea.
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Table of Contents
Tea in the US - Category Analysis
- Table 1 Retail Sales of Tea by Category: Volume 2007-2012
- Table 2 Retail Sales of Tea by Category: Value 2007-2012
- Table 3 Retail Sales of Tea by Category: % Volume Growth 2007-2012
- Table 4 Retail Sales of Tea by Category: % Value Growth 2007-2012
- Table 5 Tea: Standard Vs Pods % Value Analysis 2007-2012
- Table 6 Tea Company Shares by Retail Value 2008-2012
- Table 7 Tea Brand Shares by Retail Value 2009-2012
- Table 8 Forecast Retail Sales of Tea by Category: Volume 2012-2017
- Table 9 Forecast Retail Sales of Tea by Category: Value 2012-2017
- Table 10 Forecast Retail Sales of Tea by Category: % Volume Growth 2012-2017
- Table 11 Forecast Retail Sales of Tea by Category: % Value Growth 2012-2017
- Table 12 Tea: Forecast Standard Vs Pods % Value Analysis 2012-2017
Tea in the US - Company Profiles
Hain Celestial Group Inc, The in Hot Drinks (USA)
- Summary 1 The Hain Celestial Group Inc: Key Facts
- Summary 2 The Hain Celestial Group Inc: Operational Indicators
- Summary 3 The Hain Celestial Group Inc: Competitive Position 2012
Hot Drinks in the US - Industry Context
Increase of players in single-serve formats fuels growth in hot drinks
Expiration of Green Mountain K-Cup patent creates opportunities for small manufacturers and private label
The split of Kraft Foods Group allows more retail focus on coffee brands
Increase in internet sales demonstrates the importance of speciality brands
Premiumisation in tea increases unit prices despite a volume decline
Coffee to lead growth, but tea should see lift
KEY TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS
Single-serve pods surge, and further growth is expected as more players enter the market
K-Cup patent expirations open the competition amongst brands
Loose leaf and premium tea on the verge of a breakthrough
Hot drinks is both bolstered and threatened by changes in US soft drinks consumption
Concern over safe environmental and ethical practices places emphasis on sustainability and fair trade
- Table 13 Retail Vs Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks: % Volume Breakdown 2007-2012
- Table 14 Retail Vs Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks: % Volume Growth 2007-2012
- Table 15 Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Volume 2007-2012
- Table 16 Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Value 2007-2012
- Table 17 Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Volume Growth 2007-2012
- Table 18 Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Value Growth 2007-2012
- Table 19 Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Volume 2007-2012
- Table 20 Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Volume Growth 2007-2012
- Table 21 Total Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2007-2012
- Table 22 Total Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2007-2012
- Table 23 Hot Drinks Company Shares by Retail Value 2008-2012
- Table 24 Hot Drinks Brand Shares by Retail Value 2009-2012
- Table 25 Penetration of Private Label by Category 2007-2012
- Table 26 Sales of Hot Drinks by Distribution Format: % Analysis 2007-2012
- Table 27 Sales of Hot Drinks by Category and Distribution Format: % Analysis 2012
- Table 28 Forecast Retail Vs Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks: % Volume Breakdown 2012-2017
- Table 29 Forecast Retail Vs Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks: % Volume Growth 2012-2017
- Table 30 Forecast Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Volume 2012-2017
- Table 31 Forecast Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Value 2012-2017
- Table 32 Forecast Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Volume Growth 2012-2017
- Table 33 Forecast Retail Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Value Growth 2012-2017
- Table 34 Forecast Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Volume 2012-2017
- Table 35 Forecast Foodservice Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Volume Growth 2012-2017
- Table 36 Forecast Total Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: Total Volume 2012-2017
- Table 37 Forecast Total Sales of Hot Drinks by Category: % Total Volume Growth 2012-2017
- Table 38 Imports of Hot Drinks by Category 2007-2012
- Summary 4 Research Sources