Indian tea is among the finest in the world owing to strong geographical indications, best tea processing units, continuous innovation, augmented product mix and strategic market expansion. The main tea-growing regions are in Northeast India (including Assam) and in north Bengal . Tea is also grown on a large scale in the Nilgiris in south India. India is one of the world’s largest consumers of tea, with about three-fourths of the country’s total produce consumed locally.
Export of Indian teas increased by 5.7 per cent in the first four months of 2017.
In 2017, Tea exports from India stood at 232.92 kg, valued at US$ 686.67 million.
During 2017, major importers of Indian tea were Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Morocco, Japan, France, UAE, Canada, Vietnam, Netherlands, and Kazakhstan.
Indian Tea Varieties
India is home to a wide variety of teas, including CTC tea, orthodox tea, green tea and organic tea. India offers high-quality specialty teas, such as Darjeeling, Assam Orthodox and the high-range Nilgiri, which have a distinctive aroma, strength, colour and flavour.