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Tea Industry

Tea Industry In India 

Tea is among the finest in the world owing to strong geographical indications, heavy investments in tea processing units, continuous innovation, augmented product mix and strategic market expansion. The main growing regions lie in Northeast India, including Assam, the Darjeeling district and the Dooars region of North Bengal, and in the Nilgiris in South India.


  • India has a significant share in the international tea market with a 12 per cent share of world tea exports in 2013-14
  • India is also one of the world's largest consumers of tea
  • The tea industry is also India's second-largest employer with over 3.5 million workers employed in over 1,500 tea-growing estates

Key Markets and Export Destinations

Russia, the US, the UK, the UAE, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Germany, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and Sri Lanka are some of the major global markets for exports of Indian tea. In 2013-14, tea production in India was 1208.78 million kgs.

India exported tea worth US$ 680.97 million in 2014-15.

Tea Board of India

The Board was set up under the provision of Tea Act 1953 and it started functioning in April 1954. Its headquarters are in Kolkata with seventeen offices across India.

Apart from various developmental and regulatory functions, the Tea Board of India undertakes direct promotional activities, which include organising joint participation in international fairs and exhibitions, arranging buyer-seller meets and sending and hosting trade delegations. The Board also undertakes various market development activities such as market surveys, market analysis, tracking of consumer behaviour and dissemination of all relevant information to exporters/importers.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation

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