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Tea Supply Chain in East Asia

Discussion Papers

No.571

by LEI Lei
March 2016

ABSTRACT

East Asia is a major tea-consuming and -producing area; however, few studies have examined the East Asian tea industry from the perspective of the supply chain. Based on field and desktop studies of the tea markets in Taiwan and China, this paper provides an overview of each market together with detailed case studies. In this analysis, the characteristics of the tea industry and the main problems in the current supply chain in terms of governance, upgrading, and food safety and quality control are identified. This paper will help fill the gap in studies of the East Asian tea industry from the perspective of the supply chain.

Keywords: food safety, supply chain analysis, tea
JEL classification: O13, Q13, Q17

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