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.

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Austria

2.504

2.433

2.667

2.342

2.146

2.605

2.300

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

Slovakia

700

780

690

651

582

476

550

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 the German Tea & Herbal Infusions 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/)