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Back From the World Tea Expo

Kelle Vandenberg

World Tea Expo 2013
June 7-9 in Las Vegas

Heralding from Seattle, we jump at any opportunity to head to sunnier climes, especially in this case, when the destination is the World Tea Expo held in sunny Las Vegas. We left Seattle with our check list complete:  laptop, work clothes, flip-flops, and sunscreen—after all, we can’t work 24/7 right?

As Seattleite, we take some time to adjust to the sun. We do this squinting thing when we first step outside, then we breathe deeply and slowly and simply, inhale the sun. Yes, we breathe it in, hoping to let the healing warmth thaw out our semi-rusted souls. Then we run out and buy sunglasses and 45 SPF sunblock, as we somehow feel unfaithful to Seattle for enjoying the sun somewhere else rather than waiting for our brief six weeks of summer that never usually starts before mid-July.

Well, the PBi crew did not have to worry overly much about the sun, most of the day was spent indoors, enjoying all things tea at the Expo. Tea, the second most popular beverage on the planet, next to water, continues to grow as a market within the U.S. New tea shops, existing shops, tea blenders, growers, from all over the world traded ideas, tips, knowledge and business cards, as the business of tea was anything but calm.

The World Tea Expo is a busy show that is well-exhibited and well-attended. Not a physically huge show, but form certainly meets function, and you will find everything you need and not a lot of what you don’t.

PBi’s booth was busy throughout most of the show, thanks to all who stopped by to say hello, learn about packaging, and gave us an opportunity to put a face to a name. We hope we get the chance to do business together and we thank our great customers for continuing to choose PBi.

As we head back to Seattle, which has enjoyed sun the whole time we have been gone, I want to thank the organizers of the show, George and Kim Jage and their team for a great event and look forward to next year.

By the way, the forecast in Seattle tomorrow is for rain. Guess I will wait to cut the tags on my hot pink sparkly flip-flops.

Kelle Vandenberg
Director of Marketing and Inside Sales