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Major tea growers form int'l forum

Thursday - 1/24/2013, 11:50am  ET

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The world's top tea-growing nations have formed the first-ever international forum of tea producers, aiming to make their product the most popular beverage globally and also to ensure price and production stability.

The International Tea Producers' Forum was established by the six major growers -- India, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sri Lanka. Together, they produce more than 80 percent of the world's black tea.

The tea producers met Wednesday in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, which was selected as its first secretariat.

Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka's plantation minister, said the forum would benefit both producers and consumers around the world.

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