Kenyan tea prices rose at this week's auction boosted particularly by Pakistani demand, amid dwindling volumes, brokers said.
Cold weather in growing areas is expected to cut production in coming weeks and insufficient rains in this year is also seen affecting output in the world's biggest exporter of black tea.
Just when we thought summer was here to stay and we were certainly well past the time when night frost would be an issue, we experienced several nights of unseasonably cold nights with heavy frost. This of course was a reminder that we live in Newfoundland and Labrador and weather patterns can be extremely unpredictable.
There have been no reports of crop damage as a result of this unexpected cold snap and there is no doubt that some farmers had a few nervous days and nights as a result of frost warnings by Environment Canada.
"Is it always so cold in July?" asked an American visitor yesterday. London has been cold, windy and rainy for the last week. It comes as a shock to American tourists, who inevitably show up in shorts and t-shirts.
Europe has a milder climate than North America. Our guest comes from Ottawa, Canada.
"Everybody thinks it is so cold in Canada. But it's much hotter there than it is here. A lot of houses in Ottawa have air conditioning. Here, almost no one has it. And I guess they don't need it."
But in the winter, the streets of North American cities turn bitter cold and bums freeze up on the sidewalks. That doesn't happen in Europe.