- Unilever files an international patent in May 2012 for a process of pressing heated tea leaves and extracting juices to improve beverage taste and color.
- The "tea juice" could be added to beverages such as those under Unilever's Lipton brand to create more familiar tea tastes for consumers.
- The juices would be used in capsules or pouches, or potentially dried into powders for dilution.
From the article:
Unilever has filed an international patent for a process that creates tea juices with improved taste and color, to cater for the upsurge in demand for tea powders and RTD drinks with minimal processing and higher levels of bioactive compounds. ...