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(11)    Patent No :    AP 2754    (73) Applicant(s)       
(21)    Application No :    AP/P/2010/005279    UNILEVER  PLC, Unilever House, 100 Victoria       
            Embankment,       
                   
(22)    Filing Date :    30.10.2008    United Kingdom       
(24)    Date of Grant &    09.09.2013           
                   
(45)    Publication :

(30)  Priority Data    (72) Inventors

    (33) Country    (31) Number    (32) Date    SHARP David George, United Kingdom   
    EP    07119988    05.11.2007    COLLIVER Steven Peter, United Arab Emirates   
    EP    07119984    05.11.2007       
                DOWNIE Andrew Lee, United Kingdom   
    EP    07120447    12.11.2007       
                       
    et al            et al       
                (74) Representative   
(84)    Designated State           
                   
    KE   T Z            FISHER CORMACK & BOTHA   
                       
                   
(51)    International    Classification    A23F 3/06 (2006.01)    A23F 3/08 (2006.01)   
            A23F 3/16 (2006.01)    A23F 3/18 (2006.01)   
            A23F 3/30 (2006.01)       

(54)    Title
Process for manufacturing tea products
(57)    Abstract
Disclosed is a process comprising the steps of : providing fresh tea leaves comprising catechins; macerating the fresh tea leaves thereby to produce dhool; fermenting the dhool for a fermentation time (tf) sufficient to reduce the content of catechins in the dhool to less than 50% of the content of catechins in the fresh tea leaves prior to maceration on a dry weight basis; and then expressing juice from the fermented dhool thereby to produce leaf residue and tea juice, wherein the amount of expressed juice is at least 50 ml per kg of the fresh tea leaves.

(56)    Documents Cited :    WO 0047056 A    WO 2008 040627 A    WO 03 022066 A    WO 9940799 A    US

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