Kenyan drought could see tea prices in the UK rise by 40 percent

Tea plantation workers
Tea plantation workers in Kenya's Kericho region. Photo: Ed Roberts (used under the Creative Commons Licence)

Experts have warned that the cost of tea in the UK could be set to rise by up to 40 percent due to a tea shortage in Kenya.

According to Statista, more than half of Britain’s tea is grown in Kenya, but harvest volumes are predicted to be 12 percent smaller following droughts in plantations zones which have caused damage to crops.

The drought has meant the price of ingredients could see an increase, with costs of Kenyan tea expected to rise by up to 20 percent. The knock-on effect could see global prices of tea rise by as much as 40 percent.

If retailers decide to pass on the full wholesale rise to shoppers, this increase could see a box of 60 teabags that normally cost £2.60 rising to £3.64, with the price hikes are predicted to affect tea in the UK over the next six months, according to market researcher Mintec.

Although black tea is imported to the UK from all over the world, although the vast majority comes from Kenya. In 2017, the UK imported 62,222 tonnes from Kenya, 17k from India, 3.7k from Tanzania and 11k from Malawi.

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