Leading ready-to-drink tea brands in the U.S. based on sales 2019

Lipton Pure Leaf was the top selling ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brand in the United States in 2019, by a healthy margin. Sales of the beverage exceeded 718 million dollars, compared to competitors Arizona and Gold Peak who had respective sales of 569 million and 404 million dollars. Lipton was one of the most valuable soft drink brands in 2018, worth an estimated 8.7 billion dollars.

Lipton’s origins

Lipton tea was originally marketed by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1890. Already a successful grocer, Lipton bought tea gardens in Sri Lanka in an effort to provide low-priced tea to consumers. In 1972, Unilever, one of the largest consumer goods companies in the world, acquired Lipton tea. Lipton’s RTD beverages are sold by Pepsi Lipton International, a joint venture between Unilever and Pepsico.

The broader RTD tea market

Total sales of the ready-to-drink tea segment in the United States reached 7.6 billion dollars in 2017. In comparison to ready-to-drink coffee, RTD tea sales growth was subdued, increasing by only 1.1 percent over the previous year.

Leading ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brands in the United States in 2019, based on sales (in million U.S. dollars)*

Sales in million U.S. dollars
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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period

52 weeks ending April 21, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Includes U.S. supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers, gas and convenience stores, military commissaries, and select club and dollar retail chains for the 52 weeks ending April 21, 2019.

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