Tazo

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Tazo Tea Company
Subsidiary
IndustryBeverage
Founded1994 in Portland, Oregon
FounderSteven Smith[1]
Headquarters,
Area served
Global
ProductsTeas and herbal teas
Number of employees
Approximately 50 (2010)
ParentUnilever (2017–present)
Websitewww.tazo.com

Tazo Tea Company is a tea and herbal tea blender and distributor founded in Portland, Oregon, now a division of Unilever based in Kent, Washington.[2]

History[edit]

Tazo (/tɑːˈz/) Tea was founded in 1994 by Steven Smith.[1] The manufacturing and distribution was maintained by North American Tea & Coffee, a Canadian-based food manufacturing company.[3]

Tazo approached Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in 1998, seeking further investment partners. The company was purchased by Starbucks in 1999 for $8.1 million.[4]

Starbucks opened the first Tazo-branded tea shop in November 2012.[5] It closed a year later and was converted into a Teavana store.[6]

In November 2017, Starbucks sold Tazo to Unilever for $384 million.[7]

Marketing[edit]

A selection of Tazo teas, showing the pre-2006 logo.

The company uses "New Age"-style marketing and product labeling. For example, every box of tea was once labeled as "blessed by a certified tea shaman" and an original tag line was "The Reincarnation of Tea."

Until 2013, the logo used the Exocet typeface, slightly modified. For example, the T in Tazo was changed for readability purposes in 2006 by sliding the cross-piece toward the top of the letter.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, Sam. (2015, March 25). "Steven Smith, a 'Marco Polo' of American tea, dies at 65," The New York Times. Accessed: March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Tazo Tea Moving to Kent, WA; Starbucks Wants to Consolidate Operation". bePortland LLC. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  3. ^ "North American Tea".
  4. ^ "Starbucks will buy Tazo tea company". Puget Sound Business Journal. January 13, 1999. bizjournals.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  5. ^ Candice Choi; Sarah Skidmore (November 14, 2012). "Starbucks Buys Teavana". The Huffington Post.
  6. ^ "Starbucks to open first 'tea bar' in New York City". New York Daily News.
  7. ^ "Starbucks sells Tazo tea brand to Unilever, focuses on Teavana instead". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-11-03.

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