Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Wednesday 25 May 2016


Argo Tea opens third café at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Published: 30/11/12

Source: ©The Foodie Report*

By Genevieve Knevitt

US. Chicago food & beverage company Argo Tea has opened its third Chicago O’Hare International Airport 'teaosk' (tea café).

The 500sq ft teaosk in Concourse L is the third location at O’Hare and the second in Terminal 3.

Argo Tea's cafés serve fresh and natural tea, coffee and snacks
Argo Tea’s café offer includes 30+ all-natural tea-based signature drinks, 30+ varieties of premium loose leaf teas and fair-trade 100% organic Arabica coffee.

Snacks include freshly-baked pastries and muffins, portion-controlled speciality foods made with whole grains and tea-infused ingredients, and a diverse selection of gluten-free and vegan-friendly menu options.

The retail section of each Argo Tea café features modern teapots and teaware, unique gift set items, stylish loose leaf tea infusers, and the complete line of unique loose leaf tea blends, available for purchase in Argo Tea’s signature recyclable glass bottle.

“Consumer behaviour is evolving and travellers are increasingly seeking out healthier options when they travel,” said Argo Tea CEO and Co-Founder Arsen Avakian. “We are successfully meeting this new consumer demand with our all-natural ‘ingredients with purpose’ menu and we are committed to growing our presence internationally across the entire travel industry.”

Since opening its first café in 2003 in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Argo Tea now operates and has in the pipeline more than 30 café locations in the US and internationally. Argo Tea opened its first international café in Beirut, Lebanon this Summer.

The company said it is dedicated to expanding its presence across the travel category, with growth plans in the works for both the US and internationally.

Argo Tea bottled its most popular café signature drinks and distributes them across the US
As its café portfolio has grown, the company also started bottling its most popular café signature drink flavours as ready-to-drink bottled teas. The products are now distributed in over 10,000 outlets in the US, including Whole Foods Market, Safeway, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, and other speciality retailers.

The company also launched a new ecommerce website ( in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season.

“It’s been an exciting year at Argo in terms of growth,” explained Avakian. “We combine the passion of a chef and the intelligence of a food scientist to concoct our all natural, nutritionally balanced signature teas made from real, functional ingredients. We have launched eight signature bottled drinks based on our most popular café flavours, such as Green Tea Ginger Twist and Carolina Honey, and will be introducing an exciting new line in early 2013.”

Argo Tea was recently nominated by Airports Council International for the Best New Food & Beverage Airport Concept award.

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