Gifts Today magazine

Libbey taps into tea trend

With tea the second most consumed beverage in the world today, Libbey delivers on-trend hot tea and food pairings

Hot beverages are hot, regardless of the season. Younger consumers, especially Millennials, are seeking more complex flavours in all aspects of cuisine, including beverages.

Bold flavours of herbals, florals and fresh spices are finding their way into hot beverages, including teas and coffees.

The demand for specialty teas has created a need for modern presentations that enhance the experience. Set your hot tea service apart with the stylish lean of the Syracuse® China Slenda Verve collection from Libbey® Foodservice.

“The long-standing trend in tea gives owner/operators an opportunity to offer tea service in a new way by exploring hot tea and food pairings,” said Susan J. Dountas, director of foodservice marketing for Libbey Inc. “Similar to food and wine pairings, teas are being offered with cheeses and other food selections to create dynamic flavour combinations."

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world today with four in five consumers drinking tea, including 87% of Millennials.
– Tea Association of the U.S.A

Blending impeccable style with proven performance, the Slenda Verve tea service and trays are part of the Royal Rideau™ collection, providing mix and match options with six other Syracuse China patterns. The uncommon leaning design of the Slenda Verve teapot, sugar pot and creamer bring an upscale and chic vibe to polished casual dining. With the resurgence of afternoon tea, the 23 oz. teapot with lid is ideal for guests sharing tea. The large oval tray, with its distinctive sloping effect, provides chefs a wide surface area for plating foods to accompany the tea service.

“This demand for tea, specialty tea drinks and warm cocktails offers growth potential for restaurateurs seeking to incorporate new after-dinner beverage offerings to their menu,” Dountas said.

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