For one of our clients, we have developed a report on the alcoholic and beverage market. Part of the research was the tea sector. Below you will find some information that we managed to collect for the need of the project.
Tea was one of the first food products to be traded on an international scale. It was also an important pillar of the Chinese and Japanese economy. Nowadays, the global tea market is still dominated by the Asian countries.
The last couple of years brought to this sector a slight decrease in sales, but tea still plays a significant role in the retail outlet revenue. Alongside the drop in sales, the consumption of tea is slightly decreasing during the last few years.
The average consumption of tea in the household (in kg) per person in 2016 was 0.05kg. For comparison in 2010, it was 0.07kg.
According to the Euromonitor International survey, the polish tea market is worth about 2 billion PLN. The popularity of this segment is increased by the specialized stores that offer high-quality products at adequate prices. Polish society shows a special preference for black tea with around 60% of market share. Herbal tea is in the second position, green tea in the third position followed by fruit and red tea.
Top players on the tea market
Research shows, that in terms of the sales value of 2016 the leader in polish tea market is the Unilever Group. The owner of such brands as Lipton and Saga. The Unilever Group is followed in the ranking by Herbal Lublin S.A. (13.1%), Tata Global Beverages Ltd. (7,2%), Mokate (4,6%) and Posti S.A (3.7%). Unilever is also a real leader in most-bought brands. In 2016, two brands of Unilever Group took first and second place in greatest popularity ranking among consumers, Lipton (16.9%) and Saga (13.5%). Another most frequently purchased brands were Big – Active (6,7%), Herbapol (6,2%) and Tetley (3,8%)..
According to statistical data from the GUS Foreign Trade Database, in 2017 general value of tea imports to Poland was worth over 447 million PLN. Most often, tea is imported from Kenya, India, Sir Lanka and China.
The average tea price in Poland is 4.18 PLN per 100g. The lowest prices of this product are recorded in the Opolskie Voivodeship – 3.32 PLN per 100g and the highest prices are in Podkarpackie, up to 4.96 per 100g.
Future trends of the tea market
Market analysts claims, that while tea will remain in a polish culture as a traditional drink, it loses popularity in favour of coffee. Over the past few years, consumption of coffee in Poland is rapidly growing. Euromonitor data shows that the last 10 years bring 80 percent increase in consumption figures, while tea recorded regular drops on the market. Statistical GUS data from the last few years on tea imports confirms low chances for growing with 344 million PLN in 2009 and 325 million PLN in 2013.
 Rynek kawy w Polsce wart 5,3 mld zł, a herbaty – 2 mld zł, portalspozywczy.pl, [Accessed 1.11.2017].
 Raport Lipton i Saga liderami rynku herbaty w Polsce, dlahandlu.pl, [Accessed 1.11.2017].
 Ministerstwo Skarbu Państwa, Obraz polskiego rynku herbaty, [Accessed 1.11.2017].
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