WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
HOT TEA MONTH
Profile America — Sunday, January 18th. In the depths of winter, many Americans find soothing warmth in a cup of hot tea, be it herbal, ginseng, black, green or some exotic specialty blend. Lumped together, this appreciation of the brew underlies January's National Hot Tea Month. Tea is the only beverage commonly served either hot or iced and in any season. While tea has been consumed for thousands of years, Americans made two important contributions — inventing tea bags and iced tea — both in 1904. Recently, the U.S. has led in the development of ready-to-drink forms of tea in bottles and cans. There are 446 tea and coffee manufacturing establishments in the U.S., employing over 15,000 workers, and doing nearly $12.25 billion of business annually. Profile America is in its 18th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tea facts: http://www.teausa.com/14655/tea-fact-sheet
American contributions: http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/tea-history-in-america
Coffee and tea firms and employment/NAICS 31192: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_31I1&prodType=table
Coffee and tea value of shipments: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_31I2&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau