The Association

Tea & Herbal Infusions Europe | THIE is the European association representing the interests of producers and traders of tea (Camellia sinensis) and herbal infusions as well as extracts thereof in the EU. The Hamburg- based THIE was founded on 22nd January, 2015 as successor of the European Tea Committee | ETC and the European Herbal Infusions Association | EHIA with a long history of more than 50 years.

Tea is derived solely and exclusively from the tender shoots of varieties of the species Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze which is transformed into the dried leaves used for brewing tea for consumption.
Herbal Infusions are produces from plants or parts of plants that do not originate from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze) and are intended for food use (not for medicinal purposes) by brewing with freshly boiling water, except for products that have been specially designed for cold brew.

THIE’s activities focus on:

  • Quality assurance and food safety
  • Legislation, especially food law
  • Cooperation with tea growing countries
  • Nutrition

Common goals & policy

THIE closely co-operates with other European and international organisations. THIE is member of FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), the Association of Wholesale, Import and Export Trade Hamburg (WGA) and participates in the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea as well as Codex Alimentarius as observer.


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