Herbal tea is derived from dried leaves, nuts, barks, seeds, grasses, fruits, flowers, and roots of various plants. There are several kind of tisanes or herbal teas that are used for medicinal purposes. Herbal tea is consumed owing to its health benefits such as improved digestive and immune systems. Some of the popular herbal teas are green tea, peppermint tea, chamomile tea, ginseng tea, ginger tea, cinnamon tea, and others. Increasing awareness related to health benefits of consumption of herbal tea includes slowing aging process and reducing obesity. This is because herbal tea is claimed to have anti-aging properties and ingredients that aid in reducing weight. These are some of the key factors driving growth of the global herbal tea market. Increasing prevalence of obesity is another factor expected to propel demand for green tea. For instance, according to World Health Organization (WHO), 2016, 39% of the adults above 18 years of age were overweight and 13% were obese globally.
Rising trend of consumption of ready-to-drink tea (RTD) is further fuelling growth of the herbal tea market. Therefore, manufacturers are focusing on offering RTD herbal tea, in order to expand their customer base. For instance, in January 2018, Teavana Holdings, Inc. launched unsweetened strawberry apple green craft iced tea, which is a green tea with lemongrass and fruit flavor. However, easy availability of substitute products such as coffee is expected to hinder growth of the herbal tea market.
Herbal Tea Market Taxonomy
Based on product type, herbal tea market is segmented into:
Based on flavor, herbal tea market is segmented into:
Based on distribution channel, herbal tea market is segmented into:
In 2016, green tea segment accounted for largest revenue share in the market and is preferred by young adult demographics, owing to its benefits such as aiding in weight maintenance. Lemongrass was the most widely consumed flavor and exhibited high growth in 2016. This is owing to benefits of consumption of lemongrass herbal tea, which includes reducing cholesterol level, aiding in detoxifying body, and aiding in curing insomnia, respiratory disorders, and fever.
Herbal Tea Market Outlook
Herbal tea market is highly competitive with manufacturers adopting various strategies such as new product launches, merger and acquisitions, and collaborations to sustain their market position. For instance, Twining Crosfield and Company Ltd. launched Berry Fusion, Lemon Delight, and Buttermint herbal tea in November 2017. Sipwise Beverages Private Limited launched green tea and herbal beverage range in May 2017. In February 2015, Honest Tea launched cinnamon sunrise herbal tea and ginger oasis herbal tea. Unilever PLC acquired Pukka Herbs Ltd., a herbal tea manufacturer in September 2017.
Some of the players operating in the global herbal tea market include Tata Global Beverages Limited, Martine Bauer Group, Unilever PLC, Twining Crosfield and Company Ltd., ITO EN Inc., Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc., and Surya Herbal Ltd.