Lafayette, Colo. – Sherpa Chai of Boulder, Colorado, the maker of specialty chai concentrates, reported unprecedented sales growth across the grocery channel.  Famous with chai/tea lovers across the United States, Sherpa Chai experienced triple-digit dollar sales growth (+122.8%) in the latest quarterly reporting of data through Q3, propelling the popular brand into a top growth spot within the shelf-stable tea concentrates category nationally – outperforming brands like TAZO, Arizona, and Lipton by leaps and bounds.

According to SPINS 12 week moving category data, a leading provider of natural/organic food industry marketplace consumer sales intelligence, the total grocery channel sales of shelf-stable concentrated teas (including chai) in the U.S. increased by +26.1%, as compared to the same period a year ago. Leading the charge has been Sherpa Chai, a regional brand until recently only available in Colorado. Growth is largely due in part to expanding retail distribution to the Pacific Northwest beginning this past September. This expansion has propelled the company to the #5 ranked brand nationally, where national brand names typically dominate.

“As one of the newest chai products in the shelf-stable concentrate segment, Sherpa Chai is constantly looking for opportunities to exceed consumer expectations, build brand loyalty, and expand product distribution,” states Sherpa Chai CEO, Dave McKean.

With an increased national market share of +73% year-over-year, Sherpa Chai remains focused on standing out from the crowd not only by expanding retail placement but also now offering exciting new consumer trade offerings, which are focused on both rewarding existing loyal customers and promoting trial among new consumers. The specialty beverage company continues to push forward in acquiring distribution in established retail giants such as King Soopers, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, and Sprouts in the Rocky Mountain region, with recent distribution expansion in Fred Meyer stores across the Pacific Northwest.

“Growth within the retail sector has been tremendous for Sherpa Chai, and we’ve been fortunate to create synergistic relationships with retailers and buyers that share our values as a brand,” continues McKean.  “Even during this international health pandemic, which eliminated significant revenue streams among our local foodservice channel, Sherpa Chai has significantly exceeded all sales and profit goals established for 2020 due to our growing retail distribution.”

Sherpa Chai offers a variety of flavors, including Traditional, Spicy, Unsweetened Traditional, Honey Vanilla, Decaf, and their newest flavor, Turmeric Ginger. For more information about Sherpa Chai products or the story behind the company, visit us online at

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Sherpa Chai

Sherpa Chai is a U.S. based specialty chai beverage company founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014 by Nepalese restaurateur Pemba Sherpa.  Based on an age-old family recipe passed down through generations, Sherpa Chai features a robust blend of organic Nepalese black tea, fresh ginger, and a handful of delicate spices packed with all-natural healing powers.  The all-natural, Sherpa Chai beverages include a variety of specialty flavors, including Traditional, Spicy, Unsweetened Traditional, Honey Vanilla, Decaf Traditional, Turmeric Ginger, and others.

For more information on Sherpa Chai, visit the company online at or on Facebook, Instagram @sherpachai, and LinkedIn.

Pemba Sherpa

Born and raised in the picturesque hillside village of Sengma in the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal, Pemba Sherpa is an accomplished entrepreneur, author, climber, and restaurateur with a passion for the mountains, outdoor adventures, and the Sherpa culture. As a lifelong adventurer, Pemba never stops learning or redefining the impossible. His iconic passion for the great outdoors is always on full display at Sherpa’s Adventurers Restaurant & Bar, where he can often be found sharing his love and knowledge of the Himalayan Mountains.

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