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From Crop to Cup: Unveiling the Rooibos Journey

Ever wondered how your favorite cup of rooibos tea comes to be? Buckle up for a fascinating journey that starts with tiny seeds and ends up in your mug! Planting the Seeds of Goodness Our rooibos story begins between February and March, when seeds are sown. After a few months, the seedlings find their permanent…

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Rooibos and mint, a match made in heaven

For centuries, cultures around the world have embraced the invigorating aroma and refreshing taste of mint. But beyond its delightful flavour, mint boasts a treasure trove of health benefits. When combined with the naturally sweet and antioxidant-rich rooibos tea, this dynamic duo elevates your cup to a wellness powerhouse. Let’s delve into the individual merits…

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From Crop to Cup: Carmién Tea’s Commitment to Quality and Sustainability

Carmién Tea isn’t your average rooibos brand. We’re not just a seller, we’re the whole package: cultivator, processor, packager, and exporter. This means you get your rooibos directly from the source – our rooibos farms are based in South Africa’s unique Cederberg region, one of the few places on Earth where rooibos thrives. Here’s what…

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Chai & Rooibos

Our rooibos teas are naturally functional due to the nourishing, enriching ingredient rooibos is on its own. Honouring tea rituals internationally, we found that an equally beneficial ingredient (or rather, ingredients) is chai! What about chai tea is so enriching? Here are five health benefits when incorporating chai spices into a tea: chai spices such…

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What’s the ‘tea’ differences? Tisanes & Tea

The talk about tea is now hotter than the cuppa you’ve brewed itself. As a fast-moving essential product, tea-drinkers around the globe have countless ways about their tea rituals. Many of whom find rooibos a foreign concept with a common question which we hope to answer: what exactly is the difference between black, green, and…

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What is the hype around rooibos?

Rooibos (aspalathis linearis) is a bushy, herbal plant that grows indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. Its origin predates societies of tea drinkers by centuries, as its naturally replenishing qualities were discovered by the Khoi-San tribes before recorded historians first took note of its expansive litany of benefits in 1772.…

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Back To School Essentials: Rooibos & Kiddies

For kiddies and parents alike, our rooibos tea range targeted at your young ones is soon going to be a staple for your pantry. Not only for hot tea time, but chilled in a water bottle or over ice! The benefits found in rooibos as a nutritional form of hydration extends beyond just flavour and…

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A Skincare Routine You Can Drink

Rooibos Anti-Ageing As many rooibos (alternatively, redbush) drinkers know, this tea delivers countless health benefits through consumption that assist with overall wellness. Extra nourishment through naturally occurring minerals, proficient hydration with gentle caramel taste; best of all, the component that ages us all is not present in rooibos – caffeine. With these components combined, scientists…

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For the well-being of one’s Brain

The innovation that is our Brain tea not only utilizes flavorful ingredients that are functional, but has the research to moot. Our quality control team worked intently to ensure that our sourcing of a functional tea that assists not only the brain, but the overall wellness of individuals that suffer from chronic burn-out. Our team…

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Tea Trends on TikTok

“Let’s go for a coffee,” – potentially the most dreadful statement that tea-producing companies have heard used most frequently in this world. The typically business-casual statement for any meeting seems to precede the aforementioned phrase that challenges tea producers internationally. Luckily, it seems the tides are changing in the benefit for tea companies such as…

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Pantone Colour Trends for SS24: Rooibos Tea

In the early days of September, Pantone announced the New York Fashion Week’s most-anticipated SS24 colours. With a surprise that had South Africans giggling internationally at the familiar term, the number 1 colour to look out for has been said to be ‘Rooibos’. To remain true to the description, the ‘Rooibos Red’ Pantone has been…

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Global Beverage Trends

According to Finlays, the notion most felt in recent Global Beverage Trends is that consumers “treat themselves, coupled with concern for their health, and that of the planet, is driving the trend toward conscious consumerism,” (Finlays, 2023). With this in mind, household product producers have been seeing a gradual increase in necessity shopping. For us…

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Carmién takes gold and silver at the Mediterranean Taste Awards

There is much to be said about finding a niche market and developing customized products to suit their needs but we are constantly left speechless by the one Rooibos tea blend that keeps on surprising us with its steady successful penetration of a very niche market, breastfeeding moms. More so, as the world is chasing after…

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New kiddies cold brew tea range

Kiddies alert! Our newly launched Carmién Kiddies Cold Brew tea range follows hot on the heels of our existing range of cold brew teas, a trend that has become a firm favourite among our Rooibos tea lovers in sunny South Africa. Cold Brew teas were specially developed to be used in cold water. Using cold…

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Premium Rooibos Teas by Lize Mouton Collection

LMC founder, Lize du Preez, nee` Mouton, is the inspiration behind this young growing brand, conceived in 2018. The beautifully packaged LMC Rooibos Tea Collection celebrates her South African roots, her love for tea, and a long family heritage of Rooibos farming.  LMC speaks directly to the consumer who prefers a touch of luxury, trendy…

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Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

The annual World Breastfeeding Week once again emphasized the critical need for improved workplace-related breastfeeding support and actions that can be taken to help ensure breastfeeding works for all women who work, wherever they work. More than half a billion working women are not given essential maternity protections in national laws; Just 20% of countries…

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Carmién Tea product expansion in the USA

The Carmién Tea footprint in the USA is growing steadily and serving our vision to see our brand on retail shelves throughout the US. It is always encouraging to find that our product ranges and future developments are in alignment with market trends. A recent visit has led to new retailer opportunities, deeper future product…

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Feedback from our recent travels

Recent Carmién Tea travels included visits to Biofach in Germany, Foodex in Japan and Gulfood in Dubai, the one place where the world gathers annually to source from an unrivalled F&B product showcase, handpicked from every corner of the globe. Gulfood 2023 hosted a record 5000+ exhibitors from over 125 countries, unveiling new business opportunities.…

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The Convenience Factor: Cold Brew and Ready To Drink Rooibos Teas

In our fast paced world where nothing ever comes to a standstill, convenience is rapidly rising with consumers seeking convenience solutions to every aspect of their lives, spurring companies in the food industry value chain to greater innovation in both product and services in order to remain relevant. This is very evident in the beverage…

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Rooibos and Chamomile, a powerful combination

Chamomile is probably one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. It is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family and represented by two common varieties viz. German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers of the chamomile plant contain many components, namely, flavonoids, terpenoids, and coumarins, contributing to its therapeutic medicinal properties.…

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Rooibos benefits for your pets

Who would have thought that rooibos, generally touted as beneficial for the whole family, includes the furry ones in the family too! Yes, rooibos is as good for your pet as it is for you. This uniquely South African herbal tea, often called red bush tea, is increasingly being used in dog treats, pet food…

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Rooibos as a healthy alternative for children

Herbal infusions or tisanes, like Rooibos, are creating a stir amongst youngsters in the growing demand for healthier beverage alternatives. This is also true for health-conscious parents who, due to the high levels of natural sugar in fruit juices are opting for herbal teas and tisanes. Both parents and manufacturers experimented with fruit juices diluted…

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Our top-selling Rooibos teas

The growing trend towards healthy eating, more fresh produce, natural ingredients and functionality are proving increasingly important to consumers. More home cooking and more conscious food choices were a by-product of the pandemic, especially by younger consumers around the world. Ethically sourced and sustainably produced products are also showing faster growth than those not marketed…

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Our Nursing tea takes the gold at the AVPA Paris Awards

Need any more reason to buy our popular Carmién Nursing Tea? We recently received the much sought-after Gourmet Gold award for our Nursing tea at the recent SIAL Paris, one of the most important food exhibitions. More than just a trade show, SIAL Paris is a unique opportunity for food & beverage industry professionals to…

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Adaptogenic ingredients and their benefits

Our fastest-growing, disease-causing dilemma, is probably stress and anxiety and this is where adaptogens are playing an increasingly important role. It may cause you to take a more informed sip of your next cup of rooibos tea. Could it be even more beneficial than just a relaxing cuppa? What exactly are adaptogens? Simply said, adaptogens…

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Feedback from SIAL Paris

It is always inspiring to attend SIAL Paris, especially for its insights and research on worldwide consumer behaviour and expectations, food trends and new food concepts. This year was of particular interest in terms of the industry’s transitions and key issues emerging post-COVID. (Most exciting is when you realise that your company is on trend…

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Immune boosting Rooibos teas

Rooibos is probably most known for its high antioxidant levels, which brings us all year-round health benefits but especially so in winter when our immune systems need that extra boost. What exactly are antioxidants? Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. When…

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Rooibos – more than just a cup of tea

If you are still enjoying Rooibos only as a tea, it is time to meet the expansive world of Rooibos-derived products. Highly beneficial, a superfood backed by science, and ever–growing in its many uses ranging from wellness to cosmetics, to foods, to wine and other alcoholic beverages. Rooibos leaves, stems and powder (dust) are used as…

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Trends in the private label retail market

Private label sales have been steadily moving upward since 2016. In fact, it showed its highest growth during lockdown which begs the question as to why it has been gaining such continued momentum in the retail market. Financial challenges resulting from the pandemic have led to consumers consciously seeking the best value for their money.…

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Private Label Offering

The growing demand for private label in South Africa reflects the trust that has been built with customers in favour of private label. At the same time, the demand for private label rooibos blends corresponds with the increasing awareness of rooibos tea and its multiple health benefits, plus a greater prioritization of self-care and healthy…

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