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UK tea prices rocket after Kenya drought

14 August 2012

One of the main reasons cited for the increase in tea prices over the past week is a devastating drought in Kenya, which has ravaged export crops.

It might surprise you but the cup of tea you're about to drink will cost you more per cup - maybe as much as 28p - because of drought conditions in a faraway land. Some reports indicate that tea will rise to prices not seen in nearly three years owing to a lack of rains in Kenya (one of the world's top five tea producers, alongside India, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia).

The severe drought devastated Kenya's export crops - and the country is one of the biggest exporters of tea to Britain. However, to keep matters in context, coffee has been much harder hit, as prices in some instances have risen by a staggering 70%.

According to statistics, 165 million cups of tea are drunk every day by the British, or 60.2 billion a year. That figure makes the Brits one of the world's top 10 tea drinking people, although it's not the biggest - that title belongs to the United Arab Emirates. 

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