A traditional tea-growing region in East China with a 1,000-year history is undergoing fast growth after further developing natural advantages and introducing new technologies. Tea production in Ningde city, East China’s Fujian province, dates back to the time before the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), according to The Classics of Tea, by Lu Yu, a tea expert in the Tang Dynasty. Nowadays, Ningde city, located in eastern Fujian province, boasts a tea-growing area covering 686.6 square kilometers, accounting for nearly one twentieth of its 13,400-square-kilometer land area for more than 25 percent of the total area used for tea growing in Fujian province…Full Article: ECNS.cn Apr 2016

Key Points

  • According to the General Manager of Fujian Xian Yang Yang Food & Technology Company, Ningde tea extracts (e.g. concentrates) are sold and used by the beverage companies of Coca Cola, Master Kong and Wahaha Group.
  • In 2015, Ningde, Fujian Province, exported 2,544 MTs of tea valued at US$84.3 million.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2013, Fujian Province led China in tea production and produced 346,989 MTs of tea (18% of China’s total tea output).
  • In China, tea production is relatively dispersed but typically follows the area around the Yangtze River. In 2011, Fujian province produced 295,976 MTs, Yunnan (238,337 MTs), Sichuan (186,207 MTs), Hubei (184,165 MTs), Zhejiang (169,724 MTs), while all the remaining provinces produced 548,788 MTs.

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