April 6/Las Vegas/World Tea Expo Press Release -- World Tea Expo is gearing up to showcase the top new products from the tea marketplace with the announcement of its 2011 Best New Product Awards. All of the winning companies are set to showcase their innovative offerings, alongside more than 200 other tea and tea-related businesses, June 24-26 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The 2011 World Tea Expo Best New Product Award Winners are:

Tea as an Ingredient Winner
TEAS' TEA Low-Calories by ITO EN
At only 40 calories per serving with 8-9g of natural cane sugar, TEAS' TEA Low-Calorie is a 16.9oz ready-to-drink, premium tea beverage that's light and delicious.

Packaging Winner
Tiesta Tea Tins by Planet Canit
Vibrant and contemporary, these tea tins have a latch mechanism and a gasket-lined cover that underscores freshness. Side windows peek at the tea and suggest a reorder.

Packaging Winner
C+SWISS by Chill Drinks
After success in Europe, this delicious, original hemp iced-tea with black tea extract makes its way across the pond - in appropriate eco-friendly packaging.

Innovation Winner
Drip Tea by Sugimoto America, Inc. This product allows tea drinkers to steep green tea with no fuss. Just pour hot water into the revolutionary filter, which is designed to extract the perfect flavor of green tea.

Open Class Winner
Chaitea by Gourmetti Brands Inc.
A first for the tea marketplace, this drink combines green tea and aloe vera - two powerful and healthy ingredients in a high-quality premium beverage.

Open Class Winner
Incredible Lid V2 for Hot Beverage by Idea House International, Inc.
Non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, the innovative design of this tea cup lid prevents it from popping off the top of the cup, avoiding spillage. The lid can be reused as well.

Tea as an Ingredient Winner
Wise Man's Caravan Chai Tea Body Lotion by Indie Tea 
This rich lotion is infused with Wise Man's Caravan tea, three butters and essential oils of cinnamon, orange, clove, frankincense and myrrh.

Baked Goods Winner
Tea Infused Scone and Shortbread Mixes by Kitchen T.L.C.
These scone mixes include: Buckin' Chocolate Chip Chai, Strawberry Hibiscus and Earl Grey Cranberry. Shortbread mixes include: Orange Rooibos, Western Chai and Lavender Tisane.  

World Tea Expo 2011 takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 24-26. Conference registration and details are available at www.WorldTeaExpo.com.

From the April 8, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News