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The tea market - France

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1.1 Market overview and definition

The tea market in France refers to the economic activity related to the production and sale of tea.with 1.5 billion cups drunk every day, it is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water, and is drunk by two-thirds of French people on a regular basis.established in China, introduced to Japan in the late 8th century and an integral part of British culture, tea also has a special place in Middle Eastern cultures. The global nature of tea is reflected in the long list of countries in which it is consumed. Even today, China is by far the world's leading producer, followed by India, Kenya and Turkey.

Tea is a beverage made from the leaves of the tea plant (of which there are some 200 species), infused in hot water. The leaves traditionally infuse for 3 minutes for green teas and 4 minutes for black teas, in water at a temperature of between 75 and 80°C. Teas are differentiated by their colors (black, green, oolong, yellow, white and post-fermented), which differ according to how the harvested leaves have been processed. Rooibos or "red tea" is in fact an infusion obtained from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis, found only in South Africa, and not from the tea plant.

The market can be segmented according to :

  • tea form (loose leaf tea and CTC tea) ;
  • type of tea (black, green, etc.);
  • tea distribution channels (specialized stores, supermarkets, etc.).

The global market was estimated at $51.26 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.72% to 2028. The French tea sector is also growing, especially if we include the infusions segment. Tea-based beverages are diversifying, and the offer is becoming increasingly organic, with ever greater emphasis on the benefits of this beverage. France remains a major importer of tea, its coverage rate remaining relatively stable since 2017.

Consumption habits differ from country to country. In France, tea is mainly consumed in tea bags. In France, black tea is consumed twice as much as green tea, despite slower growth. The most popular tea segments are those evocative of travel (Darjeeling, Ceylon).

1.2 The global tea market

The global tea market was estimated at $**.** billion in ****, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of *.**% to ****.

Global tea market size projections World, **** - ****, in $ billions Source: ****

Global demand for tea is growing, driven by recognition of its health benefits over soft drinks or coffee. Elements such as flavonoids ...

1.3 French market sees more moderate growth

Tea, the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, has experienced significant growth in France over the past ** years. The sector recorded a total increase of **% across all sectors, from basic tea bags to high-end teas. The tea and infusion beverage sector was estimated at ***.* million euros in ****, representing ...

1.4 France, a major importer of tea

Unsurprisingly, France is a major importer of tea.

French tea imports and exports France, **** - ****, in $ millions Source: ****

There is a marked imbalance between French imports and exports, whose values have not changed much in six years (***).

evolution of the coverage rate France, **** - ****, in Source: ****

The French coverage rate, the ...


2.1 Tea and soft drinks consumption in France

The French are major tea consumers. As explained in section *.*, two-thirds of French people are regular tea drinkers, and annual consumption per French person is estimated at ***g[***]. This figure is still lower than the three kilos of tea consumed annually by people in Ireland and the UK. However, precise figures ...

2.2 Tea consumer preferences

In the teas and infusions category, infusions recruited more customers, with an increase in their shelf presence, to the detriment of tea. Sales of green tea, a major segment, fell by *% to *** million euros in ****. Ekaterra, comprising Lipton, Eléphant and Pukka, continues to dominate the category, with a **.*% market share ...

2.3 Out-of-home tea consumption

While tea is still primarily consumed at home(***), restaurants and tea rooms account for an estimated **% of tea consumption.

Places where tea is consumed France, ****, in Source: ****

A study conducted by the European Tea Society has revealed a significant increase in tea consumption at work in recent years. The study indicates ...

2.4 Tea and well-being

Tea is widely associated with well-being, and often consumed for its various health-related virtues. In particular, tea tops the list of drinks considered "detox" by the French(***).

Preferred detox drinks France, ****, in Source: ****

Tea in France is perceived as a modern, beneficial and natural beverage, far removed from the traditional image ...

2.5 France's favourite tea brands

The graphs below are based on OpinionWay's survey of French people's favorite brands in March ****. The graphs show respondents' answers to the question"Do you like this or that brand of tea?" for each brand, with the percentage corresponding to the proportion of respondents who answered"yes".

Lipton is France's favorite ...

2.6 Focus on e-commerce tea sales: the demand side perspective

The e-commerce sector in France will record sales of ***.* billion euros in **** , an increase of **.*% compared to ****. This amount is equivalent to the annual sales generated by major industries such as the automotive sector or the Building and Public Works (***) sector[***].

The survey carried out by Opinionway for Dalenys entitled "E-commerce ...


3.1 Value chain

Source: ****

The tea industry's value chain is a complex process that transforms tea leaves into a beverage. It begins with the cultivation and harvesting of tea bushes, followed by a series of meticulous processing stages - withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying - that define the tea's aroma and quality. The tea ...

3.2 Different types of player

There are many different players in the French tea market. These include

national brands: these are mostly owned by large industrial groups specializing in mass distribution. Leading brands include Lipton and Elephant, both owned by Unilever, and Twining and La Tisanière, members of the Foods International group; Private labels: as ...

3.3 A competitive market dominated by international players

The tea market is highly competitive in France, where most of the major multinationals, such as Unilever, Twinings and Douwe Egberts, are present and offer wide and varied ranges of industrial tea.

As the graph below shows, tea is mainly sold by the major brands of international groups, which offer a ...

3.4 Tea-related processing and trading activities

Tea and coffee processing:

Here we consider data supplied by INSEE for activities registered under NAF code **.**Z"Tea and coffee processing".this activity has been enjoying renewed dynamism in recent years, with growth in the number of establishments and employees

Establishments registered under activity **.**Z France, ****-**** Source: ****

The number ...

3.5 Mainly Asian production

Tea does not undergo any processing, but its preparation requires several stages, generally carried out close to the plantations. most tea is produced on large farms in Asia: in China, India and Sri Lanka, it is destined for large agri-food companies.

Market share of tea-producing countries World, ****, in Source: ****

There are ...


4.1 A varied offer based on several types of tea

Green tea, which is less oxidized than black tea, is produced according to manufacturing methods that differ according to where it is grown. In China, for example, large copper basins placed over a fire are used to heat the leaves, while in Japan, the leaves are briefly steamed before being ...

4.2 Price trends in the tea market

Tea prices:

Like all agricultural raw materials, tea is subject to the globalized price logic that governs trade. We consider here the data provided by INSEE: the price of tea can be highly variable, and prices can thus fluctuate greatly from one month to the next. Between **** and ****, the price declines ...

4.3 A booming new segment: refreshing tea drinks

In addition to tea itself, numerous tea-based beverages are making their appearance on the soft drinks market.all the major players are trying to gain a foothold in this booming market: Danone (***), not to mention Pepsico's Lipton Ice Tea and Coca Cola's Nestea or Honest Tea. This new segment is helping ...

4.4 Focus on e-commerce tea sales: the supply side

E-commerce offering trends in ****:

Voice chatbots, leaders of e-commerce trends in ****

A chatbot is an electronic robot whose mission is to answer the most frequently asked questions of customers and prospects. To a certain extent, it can interact with them to gather their concerns before directing them to a physical ...


5.1 A lightly regulated market

According to the Syndicat du Thé, there are three regulations governing the tea market in France.

The first is the decree of October *, **** on the repression of fraud in the sale of commodities such as coffee, tea and chicory. This prohibits the sale under the name of "tea" of any plant ...

5.2 The EGAlim law

The EGAlim law, or Loi pour l'équilibre des relations commerciales dans le secteur agricole et une alimentation saine et durable, passed on October *, **** and promulgated on November *, ****.

The objectives of this law are as follows:

Relaunch the creation of value in agriculture and agri-food and ensure its proper distribution Enable ...


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The tea market - France

Publicado en 01/12/2021 by Amaury Wernert

Very complete study on manufacturing, distribution and consumption. It insists on the perception of tea as a wellness, refreshing and detox drink that is developing on the premium segment in specialized networks.

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Publicado en 22/02/2021 by Bastien Menand

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The tea market - France

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"The Tea Market" is a very complete, clear and well structured analysis of tea. It is indispensable for my current project.

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