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Tuesday, March 28 • 8:00am - 9:30am
A Future Where Everyone Wins-Translating a Living Wage into Reality

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“Representing different points in the supply chain, industry experts will discuss contributing factors which suppress tea workers’ wages and  potential solutions to ensure a living wage in tea production.”
Panelists will cover:
What is a living wage
Overproduction within the global tea industry
Supply chain structure - “it’s not the middleman”
Specialty v Commodity - differences and similarities
General issues facing agriculture around the world

This will be a lively debate and well worth your time.

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Will Battle

Owner, Fine Tea Merchants
Fine tea & botanical import, export, and wholesale. Tea consultancy. Author of "The World Tea Encyclopaedia"​ which was awarded "Best in the World" (Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2018). The second edition published Nov 2020.
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Jeni Dodd

Owner, Jeni Dodd Tea
Born and raised in America’s heartland, Jeni Dodd has journeyed far afield from the plains of Kansas to remote tea-growing regions throughout the world in search of the perfect cup of tea.  She has visited all of the major, as well as many of the up-and-coming, tea-producing countries... Read More →
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Jem McDowall

Vice President, Universal Commodities (Tea) Trading, Inc.
Jem McDowall is Vice-President at Universal Commodities, New York. Jem started his career in 1984 joining Lipton in London. After six years in Sri Lanka and Malawi as a buyer-exporter, he moved to a development role for markets as diverse as Morocco and Uzbekistan, finally managing... Read More →
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Henrietta Lovell

Owner, Rare Tea Company
Henrietta Lovell is known around the world as the Rare Tea Lady. She is the founder and master blender of the award-winning, global brand, Rare Tea Company. Since 2000 Henrietta has been traveling the world, working directly with small independent tea gardens, from the Shire Highlands... Read More →

Tuesday March 28, 2023 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Room #S224