Tea sales in Czech supermarkets have been decreasing over the last three years, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday quoting supermarket chains, tea retailers and the Nielsen consultancy firm. Between December 2012 and November 2013, 3,362 tonnes of tea were sold in the Czech Republic, which was 1 percent more than in the previous period but one percent less than two years ago, according to Nielsen. However, sales of loose tea in specialized shops have grown; the largest Czech loose tea retailer, Oxalis, reported a 12-percent rise in turnover last year. Black and fruit teas remain the most popular with Czechs accounting for 75 percent of all sales, with lemon-flavoured tea topping the list.
Take some new age music, mix it with Turkish rugs, Moroccan tiles and Chinese lanterns and finally, add some tea - what you get is a typical Czech cajovna or tearoom, a place which has gradually won its place alongside Czech pubs. Not that tea could ever pose a serious threat to beer - the most popular Czech beverage, but its position on the market seems to have become unshakable over the last two decades.
Mlada Fronta Dnes leads with news that President Vaclav Klaus has issued his first official pardon for murder. President Klaus pardoned 22-year-old Ondrej Gregor, who killed his violent alcoholic father. Mr Gregor, who was sentenced to five years in prison, killed his father while trying to protect his mother and brother. He tells the paper of the huge sense of relief felt by both himself and his family.