Gaze into the tea leaves... A new Tetley report predicts a super future for the humble brew!

 
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Experts at Tetley worked with Futurologists to map the evolution of the nation’s favourite beverage over the next 10 years

 

With Brits consuming 165m cups of tea every day, Product Innovation Experts at Tetley have teamed up with Futurologists to predict what the nation’s favourite beverage could look like in 2026.

Tetley’s ‘Future of Tea’ report, forecasts the top five biggest advances in tea since the concept of the tea bag was first brought to the UK in 1939.

According to the report, precision, optimisation and augmentation will define the nation’s attitude towards health in 2026. This, combined with the rise of advanced sensors and tea technology, could see the cuppa evolve at a faster rate in the next 10 years than it has in the 350 years since tea was first enjoyed in the UK. 


The Top Five Predictions for the Future of Tea

 

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Remedy Teas to become the biggest breakthrough in healthy teas: 2026 will see the emergence of Remedy Teas, daily cuppas enriched with medicines from painkillers and antibiotics to contraceptives.

Tea Total Bars to take on coffee shop culture: Tapping into the growing tee-total market, Tea Total Bars will serve everything from traditional blends to tea-based mocktails in a variety of exotic flavours to drink, eat or inhale as desired. 

Grow & Blend Your Own Tea trend will see the rise of the Domestic Blender: 2026 will see the rise of the Domestic Blender within the home. They will use smart tools and take advantage of the rising temperatures to grow tea plants for home blending and brewing.

“Tea Tech” to deliver personalised cuppas based on individual vital signs: By 2026, smart devices and wearable technology that will continuously monitor the state of our bodies and minds. According to the ‘Future of Tea’ report, a third of Brits will be actively tracking their health data and - with an increasing appetite for personalisation - using this data to create bespoke tea blends.

From tea sprays to tea tabs, New Tea Formats will take tea beyond its liquid form: The intensifying needs of time-poor, health seeking and convenience-hungry Brits of the future will result in a growing market for products such as Tea Shots. Providing an intense burst of tea-on-the-go, Tea Sprays, Tablets and Strips are set to be available within the next decade.




Laurent Sagarra, Global Head of Innovation, Compliance and Quality at Tetley and the expert behind the Super Tea range, commented: “Britain’s love affair with tea is enduring. The way we consume tea has gradually evolved since the 17th century, but now we are entering a period of rapid change. Significant advances are being made to meet consumer demand and our Super Tea range of functional blends with clinical health benefits already represents the biggest innovation in tea since the tea bag.”

“We’re constantly innovating, grading, blending and tasting and now’s the time to see what’s next for the iconic British cuppa. The ‘Future of Tea’ provides a strong picture of consumer attitudes to health in 2026 and an entire spectrum of exciting product concepts, formats and technologies to explore. There are many possibilities, from medicinal blends to tea tabs, but one thing is for sure - a quality brew will continue to be a timeless pleasure!”


The full 'Future of Tea' report can be viewed here.





Laurent

If you can't wait until 2026, then why not try one of our NEW Super Everyday, Super Green, or Super Fruits range with added vitamins*

*enjoy at least one mug a day as part of a varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.



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