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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.


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.”

Bigelow Tea Honors Veterans And Military Families

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Today is Veteran’s Day, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I back in 1918. Today is also the day that we honor and thank veterans who have fought bravely for our country in all wars. At Bigelow Tea we take this day very seriously. There is no greater honor than to serve our country, and on this day, we would like to show how much we deeply appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free.

In November we also observe Military Family Appreciation Month. It has been said that, “Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you to our military families as well!


At Bigelow Tea, we started showing our appreciation and saying “Thank you” over 4 years ago with our Tea for the Troops program … bringing a little bit of “home” to our troops, and sending over 100,000 special boxes of our American Classic Teas to those serving our country.  It’s our way of telling them how proud we are of them! And this year is no different as we gear up to donate another 8,000 boxes to our brave US service men and women. CEO of Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow, knows about the power of tea. She says the Tea for the Troops program is “our version of a thank you card … one of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.”

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In addition, this year at our recent 2013 Community Challenge race in September, we asked men, women and children to help Bigelow Tea honor our servicemen and women by writing a brief message on a label, or two or three, that will be affixed to boxes and distributed through the USO. Such a simple gesture that we hope will make a huge impact.

On this very special day, we say “thank you,” to all our veterans and their families. It’s the very least we can do!

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Bigelow Tea Observes Patriot Day And National Day Of Service

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Today, in honor of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, American flags are flown at half-staff to commemorate those who perished on 9/11. It is also customary to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (EST), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are gratified to see how Patriot Day has evolved since 2001 to include a “day of service” component encouraging all Americans to reflect on the selfless acts of heroism witnessed on 9/11 and to give back to their own communities.

Like many Americans, we find great inspiration in this hopeful message. Community service has always been a mainstay of the Bigelow Tea mission, and each year we are delighted to find new ways to expand these efforts. From our sustainabili-TEA programs to the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge road race for local charities, the Bigelow Tea extended family is passionate about making a difference! We started one of these very special projects – Tea for the Troops – in 2009 to thank members of the United States Armed Forces for their dedication. Using only 100% American grown tea from our Charleston Tea Plantation, we package it in commemorative red, white and blue boxes to bring a little bit of “home” to those who put their lives on the line to serve and protect.

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Now that school is back in session, many young children will be learning about the meaning behind Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance … and how they, too, can make a difference. Just imagine what they can do!

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Bigelow Tea Salutes Flag Day and Our Troops


On National Flag Day, June 14, let’s pay tribute to our country’s symbol of red, white, and blue: our American flag. We at Bigelow Tea decided to brush up on our “flag etiquette” through the United States Flag Code, a how-to list on displaying our Stars and Stripes. Here are some pointers to share:

  • When raised, the flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. Don’t allow it to touch the floor or ground, nor carry or hold anything in it. It’s common to fly the flag from sunrise to sunset, but it can also be flown throughout the night if properly illuminated. And don’t fly it in bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • The term “half-staff” means that the flag is lowered to “one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.” In this manner, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.
  • Parades have rules too. When the U.S. flag is carried in procession with other flags, our nation’s flag should be either on the right of the line of flags, or in front of the center of the line. On floats, the flag should be displayed on a staff. With cars, the flag is attached to the right fender, or chassis, not draped over the vehicle. No laying it on a train or a boat either.

Bigelow Tea also shows its patriotism by sending a special care package to our armed forces. We ship our “Tea for the Troops,” to those serving our country. The American Classic Tea is made from tea grown at our Charleston Tea Plantation and put into special red, white and blue packages. It’s a wonderful way for our soldiers overseas get a taste of “home.”


And let’s not forget that June is also Iced Tea Month! So, as we celebrate our country’s heritage, let’s raise a glass of iced tea and salute our flag and those who defend it!

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Bigelow Tea Salutes U.S. Troops on Patriot Day

As we at Bigelow Tea remember those who lost their lives on September 11, we recognize Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Started in 2009, Patriot Day is set aside as a time to engage in public service and to remember those who died on 9/11.

As the proclamation signed by President Obama on September 10, 2009 states: “[T]he National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.” At Bigelow Tea, community service is a huge part of who we are, and we hope that many people are inspired to volunteer on this important day.

Patriot Day is also an appropriate time to pay tribute to the brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Bigelow Tea is proud of our troops, and we we’re honored to offer them a special tea in appreciation of the sacrifices they make for our country. Three years ago, we developed our Tea for the Troops program, which brings a bit of “home” to our servicemen and women stationed overseas. Specially packaged boxes American Classic Tea are distributed to those in the armed forces, and this serves as our way of giving thanks for the brave work that our U.S. troops perform on behalf of this country. Completely made in the USA, Tea for the Troops is grown and produced in South Carolina at our Charleston Tea Plantation.

So, this Tuesday, September 11, join us in raising a cup of tea full of remembrance for those who perished on this date in 2001 … and also cup full of gratitude for those who sacrifice every day to keep us safe.

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Bigelow Tea And The AFA Help Bring Tea To Our Troops

What a cool thing. We have a woman here Sherri who oversees our Tea for the Troops program and she was contacted by AFA (Association of Flight Attendants). This organization helps to bring items from the United States to the troops. They actually fly all donated items to Germany and distribute to our wonderful soldiers.

The AFA had this neat idea to have us sign each box of tea that we are donating so Sherri is arranging to have one box signed by each of our employees here in Connecticut.


How cool is that?

I know our employees, and I know how much they will love to sign each box!!  Nice job Sherri.

Cindi Bigelow


Bigelow Tea Salutes Patriot Day Community Efforts and Tea for the Troops

As America commemorates the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, we remember those we lost that bright and terrible day. We also honor our troops, who continue to sacrifice for our country both at home and away. Now officially recognized as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11th is also a time for personal reflection and recommitment to our own communities. Here at Bigelow Tea, we are continually inspired by people who strive to make a difference.

Community service is integral to Bigelow Tea’s mission, so we were excited in 2009 to create the special Tea for the Troops, honoring the brave men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Bigelow Tea produced 100,000 boxes of American Classic Tea for the troops – 100 percent grown on American soil at our own Charleston Tea Plantation. It’s a small way of saying thank you to those who serve and protect. The many letters of appreciation we have received from the troops are truly heartwarming!

Aspen (left) and Autumn Cooper pack Tea for the Troops in Wesley Chapel, FL

Our extended Bigelow Tea family is also heartened to see how Patriot Day, established in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, has spurred on more volunteerism across the country.  In 2009, a presidential proclamation declared Patriot Day a National Day of Service and Remembrance “as an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our nation following the attacks and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.” More than 63 million Americans responded by volunteering their time, efforts and hearts.

The momentum continues with the I Will page, which provides a forum for ideas in support of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Share yours with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Bigelow puts on Tea Time for the Troops

The following article by Rita Papazian details Bigelow Tea’s effort to send nearly 2 million tea bags overseas and to airports where U.S. troops are either leaving for or returning from deployment in the Middle East.

Three friends who were in the 1978 graduating class of Staples High School have come together thirty years later to share their talents and skills to bring a little bit of  “home”  to the troops fighting wars on foreign soil.

When Cindi Bigelow, president of Bigelow Tea, headquartered on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield, joined staffers in creating a project to show that the people back home are remembering the military soldiers protecting this country’s freedoms, she called upon her two high school buddies, Duke Saltus, a painter and graphic artist, and Jeff Hill, regional vice president of the USO (United Service Organizations) to help her with the project.

R.C. Bigelow, Inc., a company founded by Cindi Bigelow’s paternal grandmother Ruth Campbell Bigelow in 1945, is shipping two million tea bags, packaged in 100,000 custom-designed boxes to troops in the far corners of the world. Bigelow’s American Classic Tea is from the company’s own 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, S.C. The Bigelow family purchased the tea plantation, which is open to the public, in 2003. The American Classic tea was wrapped and packaged in a Bigelow manufacturing plant in Louisville, Ky.

“We wanted to bring a little bit of warmth and a touch of home,” said Bigelow, in a telephone conversation last week. She recalled that she had recently been standing in an airport in Atlanta next to three soldiers when a couple came up to the soldiers to thank them for their service to the country.

She said the soldiers appeared really touched by the expression of gratitude from two strangers. Observing that brief interaction between the two strangers and the soldiers brought home the importance of the role the military plays and the importance of folks back home acknowledging the role.

Bigelow said it was appropriate to send the tea to the soldiers since the tea comes from the largest commercial growers in the U.S. and is a gesture of “from our soil to yours,” said Bigelow, noting the tea would be delivered to soldiers in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The custom-designed boxes of the American Classic Tea are packaged only for the troops and not available for sale in those boxes. The American Classic Tea continues to be available in markets near its southern plantation.

The beautifully designed box of 20 tea bags, offers a patriotic, red, white and blue graphic set against a beige background with an image of a white tea cup with the tea bag label sporting portions of the American flag. On the side of the box a ribbon of red, white and blue includes the words, “Thank You For Your Service.” Beneath the box a message reads: Bigelow is proud to serve those who serve our country.

A message on the side of the box offers an expression of appreciation from the Bigelow family and all the employees at Bigelow Tea for the military’s “hard work and commitment to making the world a safer place.”

Designer Saltus, a life-long Westport resident, designed the box with another Staples graduate Doug Connor (Class of 1980) of Madison, with whom he has partnered on other commissioned work.

The Bigelow project brought special meaning for Saltus whose son Jake, served in the military from 2004 and 2007. He completed two tours of duty in Iraq and Saltus said fortunately his son returned safely.

Saltus recalled the years during his son’s duty when he would send home photos of his serving in Iraq. “You tend to become very patriotic”¦He saw a lot of action.”

USO Vice President Hill is no stranger to military service. He served in the special operations division for the Navy for 20 years and for the past seven years for the USO, a congressionally chartered, private, nonprofit organization. A bridge between the general public and the military, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to support USO activities.

Hill said while many individuals and organizations want to donate goods to the troops “getting things to the front is difficult. I know how to get things moved,” said the Staples graduate, who now lives in Virginia. That is why when Bigelow came up with the idea, she called her good friend to help her get the boxes of tea to the troops.

Hill said the 100,000 boxes of tea will be shipped to 135 USO centers worldwide and distributed to the soldiers. Some of the tea he said would be re-packaged in large USO-To-Go containers and bundled with other donated goods for the troops.

“The troops love tea,” said Hill, describing his long-time high school friend as “an incredible individual¦ a very smart, a real worker.”

Hill said, “It’s been a while since I’ve been in Westport. I’ve been out seeing the world.”

Bigelow Tea for the Troops – A Token of Our Thanks

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Fairfield, CT, July 20, 2009 – They put their lives on the line each and every day – to protect and to serve. “They” are our American troops who are fighting to protect our freedom far away from home, in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bigelow family (, committed to bringing a little bit of “home” to these courageous men and women, collaborated with their wonderfully supportive employees and friends to produce a special run of American Classic Tea – just for our American soldiers.

“One of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference,” said Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea. “We wanted to do something to show just how much we appreciate these men and women, so we decided to send them our version of a thank you card.”

For over a week, the Bigelow manufacturing plant in Louisville, Kentucky was buzzing with activity as they wrapped and boxed nearly 2 million American Classic tea bags to be sent overseas and to airports where the troops are either leaving for or returning from a deployment in the Middle East. Bigelow Tea employees were beaming as they worked, at warp speed, on this very special production run. “It’s a lot of work, but we’re very pleased to do it,” said Bigelow Tea plant manager Steve Keys, summing up the overall enthusiasm in a recent clip on local Louisville TV channel, WDRB-Fox.

>The selection of tea chosen for this thank you gift was none other than Bigelow’s American Classic Tea which was 100% grown on American soil. Nurtured in the country’s largest tea garden, the idyllic Charleston Tea Plantation purchased by the Bigelow family in 2003, the American Classic tea was lovingly packaged in a beautiful custom-made box designed by Bigelow family friend, Duke Saltus. Helping to facilitate the shipment of 100,000 boxes of tea to troops overseas was another Bigelow family friend, the USO Regional Vice President (US) Jeff Hill. The Bigelow family, friends and employees are all so excited to send this heartfelt token of thanks to the brave men and women of the American Armed Forces.

To our troops and their families: “We thank you and we are proud of you!”

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About Bigelow Tea Company

100% family owned Fairfield, Connecticut-based Bigelow Tea pioneered the specialty tea category more than 60 years ago. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. The Bigelow Tea line includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green tea, organic, herbal, decaffeinated teas and iced teas– including America’s number one specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment®.” Also, enjoy the Charleston Tea Plantation located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, South Carolina which is owned and operated by Bigelow Tea and produces American Classic Tea and products.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website ( Tea lovers will also enjoy the company’s blog (


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Bigelow Tea Made Just For Our Troops!

One of my greatest joys at Bigelow Tea is the work we can do to try to make a difference.  We just finished producing 100,000 boxes of a special tea made just for our troops fighting for our safety in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We wanted to do something to thank these men and women who put their lives on the line each day to fight for freedom so we decided to send them our version of a thank you card.


We packaged up our American Classic Tea, tea grown 100% on American soil, into a specially designed box and over wrap thanking each of our soldiers for their hard work.  My good friend Duke Saltus came up with the most beautiful package I could have ever hoped to see (and I mean it).  We then contacted my other friend from High School, Jeff Hill who basically runs the USO in America and he coordinated getting all 100,000 cases overseas (not an easy task I might add).

The production lines were running at full speed to package up this very special product.  The employees were beaming and now our outstanding service men and woman are getting a tea packaged with great care for them to enjoy by themselves or with a mate….a time for them to stop and reflect on their fine work and know that the people back here in the United States could not be more proud of all of them!

Cindi Bigelow