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Bigelow Tea Is Proud To Welcome Veterans Participating in 2014 Ride To Recovery Bike Ride

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Bigelow Tea, family tea blenders since 1945, was proud to welcome Veterans participating in the 2014 Ride to Recovery bike ride to Bigelow’s Louisville, Kentucky plant. There, they were able to see the special boxes of American Classic Tea, produced solely for the purpose of thanking service men and women serving our country, being made.

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Since 2009 when Bigelow Tea’s first “Tea for the Troops” box was created, Cindi Bigelow, third-generation President and CEO, has worked with the USO to send more than 3.4 million tea bags (about 165,000 boxes) of American Classic tea to troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and outposts worldwide, in addition to Veterans Administration hospitals and VFW chapters.

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Plenty of snacks and thirst-quenching refreshments were on hand when the riders arrived. The previous evening they were welcomed by Cindi Bigelow at a dinner held in their honor, where she was able to personally thank the veterans and pay homage to these American heroes for their brave service to our country. Legendary Louisville native and Bigelow spokesperson Phil Simms was also on hand in a show of support.

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“I and everyone at Bigelow Tea are in awe of these heroes. So it was a special honor for Bigelow’s RTD Sales Manager Tim Richmond, himself a Veteran, and me to ride with them for the first leg of their 78-mile day into the Louisville plant. We were all so excited to have the riders join us for dinner and visit our facility were ‘Tea for the Troops’ boxes are made,” said Bigelow. “Showing our support and giving them a warm welcome was meant to honor them but truly, it was we who were honored.”

Determination And Collaboration: Stories Of Success At Bigelow Tea

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Bill Hall and Cindi Bigelow at the Charleston Tea Plantation

Yes, Hot Tea Month is in full swing, but why not enjoy it with some cool family stories from Bigelow Tea! Here are three tidbits about collaboration and good old-fashioned stick-to-it-ness. Check out more stories on Bigelow Tea boxes and in previous posts.

• Back in 1955, just after Ruth C. and David E. Bigelow moved their 10-year-old tea company from New York to Connecticut, they were hit with back-to-back hurricanes. The new factory was flooded and all the tea washed down the Norwalk River! Fortunately, the determined couple worked with employees and patient creditors to get the factory up and running again.

• Much more recently, in 2003, the amazing Charleston Tea Plantation faced a developer’s bulldozer. The Bigelow family purchased the land and worked with local farmers to preserve 127 acres of beautiful tea bushes and the American Classic Tea line.

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• Collaboration was also key to the creation of Bigelow Tea’s signature Earl Grey recipe, a favorite of many tea lovers (#besttea, according to @danielledhein and #FavoriteFallDrink says @NickChancey!) The secret? Unparalleled oil of bergamot from Calabria, Italy. The Bigelows discovered it 40 years ago and loved it so much, they bought the whole crop and have used it ever since!
 

The Story Behind “Constant Comment” Bigelow Tea

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Hey, it’s Hot Tea Month. The perfect time to talk about Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow and the inspired tea she created in her home kitchen nearly 70 years ago!

“Constant Comment”®—which was inspired by an early Colonial recipe using orange rind and sweet spices—became Mrs. Bigelow’s first variety. It got its name from the “constant comments” of her friends. How cool is it that today Bigelow Tea “Friends” are still “Commenting” about Bigelow Teas all over the web?

Back at the beginning, Ruth couldn’t simply Tweet about her teas (no social media then). So, when it came time to market her product, one shopkeeper told Ruth that the aroma of “Constant Comment” was a big selling point. She promptly set up a jar of “Constant Comment” labeled with the directions: “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers and the sales began to grow!

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The rest, as they say, is history. And though Ruth never saw the power of the world wide web, she’d be thrilled to know that “Constant Comment” is still generating buzz today! Check out the “good morning” mug of “Constant Comment” that @daredancer shared recently … and tell us why you love Ruth’s first tea!

Image via Home Cooking Memories

Bigelow Tea Wishes You A Very Merry Christmas!

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From the Bigelow Tea family to yours, we wish you a warm, healthy and happy holiday!


With Heavy Hearts, Bigelow Tea Grieves For The Lives Lost Today

Our hearts go out to all the families that have been personally affected by this horrific crime in Newtown CT. A crime of this magnitude is unprecedented, both for our state and community. The aftermath of sorrow and pain is incomprehensible. Our deepest regrets for this horrendous crime go out to all. Our community will never forget the impact of what has taken place today. With heavy hearts, The Bigelow Family

(image via Flickr by Arne Hulstein)

July is a Month for Family Ties and Bigelow Tea

July is National Family Reunion Month, and it’s the perfect time of year to spend some extra time cavorting with the family!  Most schools are out of session, people tend to be more laid back in the summer, and so it’s the right time of year for some outdoor fun. Whether you organize a family camping trip, a day-long picnic at a park or a home-based party,  July and National Family Reunion Month is the time to do it!

It’s funny, in today’s world filled with technology and social media – we are in better contact with our relatives than ever before via cell phones, video conferencing and Facebook. But if you can’t remember the last time you actually hugged your sister, sharedcup of tea with your grandchild or threw a ball with your nephew, this summer might be the time to take another step forward in your family contact!

You know that Bigelow Tea is all about family, and we’ve blogged about the essential bonds of family before. We know that we garner much strength from our loved ones, and we value our own family history at Bigelow Tea a great deal.  And isn’t it great that tea and time with loved ones go so well together?

Bigelow Tea knows that we couldn’t make it without family, and we’ll take the opportunity this month to make important memories that will last a lifetime!

Image by Grayskullduggery via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Embraces Thankful Moments with Family

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude and recognizing the fullness of our lives; being thankful for our family, our friends, our health. Thanksgiving also turns a meal into a feast and a house into a festive home, full of cherished family and friends who are gathered together for the day.

Because we all have so much going on in our busy lives, we know that it’s sometimes easy  to lose sight of the blessings that we do have.

To Bigelow Tea, celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends is uplifting. It’s as much about the promise of a bright future as it is a celebration of the day. We love all the special family traditions – the after-dinner family stroll through the neighborhood, the hymns at church, the family scavenger hunt, the children’s craft table … and of course there are the culinary treats that await, like the aroma of the roasted turkey, stuffing,  and pumpkin or sweet potato pie cooling on the windowsill. (And of course, our favorite flavors of Bigelow Tea after dinner.) It’s all part of this uniquely American holiday experience that nourishes and refreshes the soul.

So while you embrace your family and celebrate the season, here at Bigelow Tea we send our warmest  wishes to you. From our family and the entire working family of Bigelow Tea, here’s to a fantastic day, and may the blessings of the day provide you with an opportunity to enjoy the most important ingredients in our lives.

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Bigelow Tea’s Commitment to the Environment Is Recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council

Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof top of our Fairfield, CT, Corporate Headquarters and manufacturing plant

Bigelow Tea was excited to see that the U.S. Green Building Council’s Connecticut Chapter included a thorough—and thoroughly wonderful!—article in its Fall Newsletter about our company, our family and our dedication to the environment.

The article “From Green Tea to Green Power” focused on the many efforts Bigelow Tea makes to manufacture its teas in a sustainable manner. From the immense photovoltaic solar panels on our roof to our commitment to ethical and sustainable sourcing for our teas, Bigelow Tea has made sustainability a priority. To learn how these solar cells work, check out “How Stuff Works.”

In fact, this year Bigelow Tea was also named a “Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) at its 2010 Energy Efficiency Summit.

So we’re thrilled that the CT Green Building Council took the time recently to share our sustainabili-TEA initiatives with their readers.  As the article’s author states, “Evidently the Bigelows are as passionate about their environment as they are about their tea!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

The 23rd Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Was Picture Perfect!

Outrageous day yesterday!

We just finished our 23rd annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge and it was just picture perfect! We had the most runners we have ever had at this event, over 600. The smiles and the kind words we saw and heard that entire day were overwhelming. Everyone, participants and volunteers, had a wonderful time. We had one couple that were celebrating their 10th anniversary and moved around their special weekend away so that they could both come to our race. We had another individual who started running in our race three years ago (first race he was ever in), fly back from Germany where he now resides to be in our race and now is going to be running in the New York Marathon next month. We had a 13 year old come in 3rd overall in our 5K with a time of 17:10 minutes (for more winners and their times, you can check them here). We had a son of the winner of our race from it’s earlier years, come in first in his age division (yes it made me feel a tad older). We had a man that won the 80+ division tell me how much this race means to him and he looks forward to it all year. It really doesn’t get any better than this. And top it all off, we raised more money this year than ever before….close to $95,000 (are you kidding me?). What I really love is also all the volunteers from the different charity organizations that we support, come and help out for the day. We had some guys from the Bridgeport Rescue Mission that were some of our most valued volunteers-they were awesome. Here are a few  photos of the day’s events:

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Cindi with the winners Amy Fredericks and Justin MacGregor

It seems like everyone was a winner on that day. Me included!

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If you want to hear more from Cindi on a local radio station WICC, click here.

Saying Goodbye to Art Linkletter

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Last week, TV pioneer and former Bigelow Tea spokesman Art Linkletter passed away.  Our own David & Eunice Bigelow had these thoughts:

Art Linkletter, our spokesman for Constant Comment® back in the sixties on the Art Linkletter House Party (TV and radio), passed away recently at 97.  At Bigelow Tea, we’re indebted to Art for giving Constant Comment® believability at a critical time when we were first breaking into supermarkets.  His smiling face on our floor and shelf displays went a long way to help Constant Comment® get started in the grocery industry.

Art was the consummate entertainer on the House Party, interviewing children who, as he said, “say the darndest things.”  Thanks, Art, for helping us to make Constant Comment® one of America’s most popular teas.

David and Eunice Bigelow, Co-Chairman, Bigelow Tea