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As If You Needed Another Reason to #TeaProudly With Bigelow! (Okay, How About 5??)

Whoa. Did you know that Americans consumed almost 84 billion servings of tea last year?? That’s ahhh-mazing! Just think, millions of us around the country share the love of tea in common. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today Bigelow Tea considers tea drinking a proud American tradition! And the Tea Association of the U.S.A. has the numbers to prove it – talk about #TeaProudly!

  1. Go halfsies? Each day, more than one half of the American population drinks tea. Regionally, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
  2. Like, obviously. Approximately four in five consumers drink tea, with Millennials being the most likely (87% of millennials drink tea). Yeahhh!
  3. Black tea for the win. About 80% of all tea consumed in 2016 was black tea, 16% was green tea, and the rest was Oolong, white and dark teas.
  4. Important import. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, and the only western country to grow in tea imports and consumption.
  5. Ice, ice, baby. Nearly 80% of tea consumed in America is served over ice.

Do you know how much we love tea at Bigelow? Let’s hope so! As a proud third-generation family-run business, Bigelow Tea founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea in 1945. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, Bigelow has reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea. Why? Well, of course it’s because YOU deserve the best!

If you love tea as much as we do, consider joining the #TeaProudly movement! #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression, both yours and ours together. We, and tea lovers across the country, want to hear from you about why you #TeaProudly, why you make tea your beverage of choice, when you drink it, who you share your tea moments with, and what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea. Join the conversation at http://www.teaproudly.com/ and tag your special moments using #TeaProudly. Cheers!

How To Picnic Like A Pro—Iced Tea, Included!

Confession time! When it comes to picnics, how many of you have pinned pins on creating an Instagram-worthy spread, or pine after the perfectly curated pictures of al fresco summertime dining? Okay, okay, most of us. Now. How many of you fall short of actually planning a picnic of your own? If this is you, that’s okay! It’s a ton of work to pull off an incredible picnic, but guess what, Bigelow Tea has a few tips and tricks for you. Besides, it’s National Picnic Month, so there’s no better time than now to make it happen!

Set the scene

For starters, ya gotta get a picnic basket. Or a picnic backpack, or a wooden crate, or at the very least, a few bags to carry the food to your destination. Speaking of destination, it’s just as much fun to host a picnic in your backyard as it is the local park! Or, take advantage of a great view nearby (hey, beach lovers and mountain dwellers, here’s to you…). Then, add a picnic blanket. Tip: Keep a plastic tarp or shower liner on-hand to put underneath the blanket! 

On the menu

Nothing beats a picnic with yummy food. And you know what’s easy to make, pack and enjoy on a picnic? These awesome Bigelow recipes: Pomegranate Yogurt Dip and Fresh FruitVietnamese Tea Rolls (served chilled), Lemon Lift English Cucumber PicklesBigelow Constant Comment Cashew Chicken SaladPomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and NutsGreen Tea and Mango Pasta Salad, and Turkey, Watercress and Cranberry Sandwiches. For dessert, try one of these on-the-go treats: Chewy Chocolate Mint BrowniesLondon Fog Cupcakes or Vanilla Chai Scones. Obviously, you can’t have a picnic without iced tea. Here are a few faves: Fresh Brewed Bigelow Iced TeaStrawberry Mint Sweet Tea or Bigelow Blackberry Mint Iced Tea. Make the iced tea ahead of time and chill in the fridge in mason jars. Throw the mason jars (…leave the caps on) into your picnic basket and voilà! Tip: Try freezing some tea in an ice cube tray. Then use ice tea cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep iced tea cool, fresh and flavorful!

Essential items to pack

Don’t forget the cutlery and napkins. Bring a few extra knives and serving spoons, too. And a good picnicker always brings a trash bag. Tip: Bring along some games (cards are easy to pack and play!) and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!

So there you have it – all the makings to create the perfect picnic. Go ahead, get outside and enjoy! While you’re at it, be sure to tag #TeaProudly with your picnic experience! (PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!)

Happy 4th of July!

Cheers to our Red, White & Blue…Happy and Safe 4th!!

This Land Was Made For You And Tea

It’s the start of July, and you know what that means – Independence Day, a time when families celebrate the great U.S. of A… and the Bigelow Tea family is no exception! In fact, before you start the grill, grab the fam to go watch fireworks, or run around with sparklers, hold on a sec… because in addition to celebrating the land of the free, let’s give a shout-out to all the American-owned and operated companies, because, hey, yesterday was Made in the USA Day!

Seventy-two years and three generations ago, family-owned Bigelow Tea planted its roots in American soil. To this day, every batch of tea is still blended and packaged in the United States, and each Bigelow Tea employee is based here, too. Thanks to founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow, the company has found success as the first specialty tea packager in the United States, and has gone strong for more than seven decades. But Ruth Campbell Bigelow (thankfully!) isn’t the only woman entrepreneur to establish a legacy in our country. So, as you grab that mason jar of iced tea, raise it to these fellow American gals with an entrepreneurial spirit, and let’s celebrate this great land of opportunity.

Aviators (not just the sunglasses)

In 1932, Olive Ann Beech co-founded Beech Aircraft Corp. in Kansas, alongside her husband, Walter, at the height of the Depression. Within a decade, the business grew from 10 employees to 10,000, when 270 of their Beech Model 17 Staggerwings were manufactured for the U.S. Army during World War II. After Walter died, Olive Ann became president and CEO of the multimillion-dollar aerospace company. During its tenure, Beech Aircraft Corp. had a lasting impact on general aviation and, of course, it’s pretty awesome that there was a woman leader at the helm!

Beautifully American, Gorgeously Global

Josephine Esther Mentzer – AKA Estée Lauder – was born and raised in Queens, New York, and gained merchandising experience working in her father’s hardware store. In 1946, she founded the Estée Lauder Company and began selling skin-care products developed by her chemist uncle to beauty salons and hotels. Her talent for sales led her to her own counter at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue in 1948, followed by Neiman Marcus in 1950. Before she knew it, Lauder’s brand went global. And, today, the enterprise exceeds $11 billion in sales (!).

An Icon for Every Little Girl

Once Barbie was created, the world was never quite the same again. Ruth (yup, another great Ruth!) Handler came up with the idea of creating a doll that looked more grown-up after noticing that her daughter preferred to play with paper dolls that looked like adults. Although her husband didn’t think the idea would sell, Handler brought Barbie (her daughter’s nickname) to a New York toy fair in 1959. Handler and her husband, Elliot, were already selling dollhouse furniture and other toys through their company, Mattel, based out of their California garage. Within five years, Mattel became a Fortune 500 company, and continues to thrive today.

The United States is recognized across the world as a place of opportunity, for new beginnings and to start new ventures with the promise of great success. And it’s all made possible by the freedoms we enjoy as a part of this great nation. So, take a moment to salute our country (or toast to it with tea in hand), and share what makes America special with those closest to you. Have a wonderful 4th this week!

In Time for Father’s Day: Important Lessons From David Bigelow, A Father, A Role Model, Co-Chair Bigelow Tea

 

Hopefully it happens other times during the year, but Father’s Day (and the whole weekend) is a time when we appreciate what our dads bring to the table. They’re role models, they keep us on the right path, and they pass on their own experiences so we can thrive in the world. Whether you’re sitting over a cup of Bigelow Tea discussing old family stories or simply driving home – talking about what’s new in life – it seems every moment can carry some nugget of wisdom (or, at the very least, a few dad jokes).

It’s tough to say which is more important, showing appreciation for our fathers or sharing those moments that make them so special. The good thing is, in today’s busy life, taking some time out to spend with dad can be both. And chances are, whether you have a laugh or learn something new, you come away with just as much as he does.

As a family-owned company, Bigelow Tea owes much of its success to the patriarchs who have been leaders and advocates for the company (in concert with the matriarchs, of course!). It started with Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s husband who supported his wife in every way possible with what would become his family’s now third generation business (painting tea canister labels in their living room in the early days was one great example)! Today, Co-Chairman David Bigelow (pictured with president and CEO and daughter Cindi Bigelow) – one of only two people who know the secret Constant Comment blend – helps to support the company, ensuring the quality of our teas and the well-being of all employees.

Fathers have played an important role in the history of our business, and nowhere is that more apparent than for Cindi Bigelow, who has shared several stories and memories of her father – and his influence – for Father’s Day. Check it out, and from our family to yours, have a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday!

Cindi Bigelow: Lessons my father taught me

During my first week on the job in our family business, my father taught me a lesson I never learned at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

I had just received my MBA and was proud of that accomplishment. I immediately started work as the family company’s cost accountant and was ready to set the world — and Bigelow Tea— on fire with my bold ideas and innovative concepts.

On our first PC, I was putting together the company’s first bills of material, and I couldn’t wait to show the CEO — my father, David — what I had accomplished.

On my third day, he came down to see me.

“How’s it going?” he asked.

“It’s going great,” I said, and was about to explain the project when I noticed he was preoccupied with my “out-basket.”

“You have envelopes going out,” he said.

“Yes, they are my bills that need to be mailed.”

“But they don’t have any stamps on them.”

“I know,” I said.

He paused, reflected a moment and replied, “Gee, Cindi, if you don’t put stamps on your envelopes, then why should the other employees put them on theirs? So why don’t you go buy some stamps and put them on your mail.”

It was the first of many lessons I got from David Bigelow about business practices … and humility. And it was also a lesson in leadership, the kind of leadership that my father exemplified.

Over the years, there were hundreds of similar occasions that emphasized one of his foremost principles: The boss sets the tone, he/she sets the standard. The boss determines how high or how low the bar is for acceptable performance based on his/her personal actions.

You see, he was very democratic in the way he ran his business, and the employees revered him because he had a common touch. I should add that he displayed the same values and integrity as a father.

I’m not engaging in hyperbole when I say my father was a saint. Anyone who knows him always says he’s one of the finest men there is, although he would certainly disagree. To my biased thinking, he’s one of most giving, loving, intelligent and humble men I’ve met — in addition to being a great father. That’s quite an accolade from a daughter because it is even harder to be a successful parent than it is being a successful businessperson (and that is incredibly hard!).

The most important thing any father can do is give his children the assurance that whenever they turn around, he’ll be there — providing, protecting, advising, loving … all the things fathers are meant to do. And that is exactly what my father did for my sister and me. ​ All the years he was running the company, he never missed having dinner with us, and whenever I needed him, he was always there.

He never put his business before his family, and I’ve tried to be as conscientious in raising my own children.

Every Sunday after dinner, I’d ask, “Dad, can we get ice cream?” And the answer was always “yes.” Then, he’d take my sister and me to the local Carvel in Westport and buy us soft-serve cones.

He always offered support, and if he had to teach us a lesson, he did it by example and not criticism. Whenever I came home with a report card, he’d look at it and exclaim, “Cindi, oh my gosh! All A’s! I was lucky if I got C’s when I was your age.”

That praise made me one of the proudest girls in school. Years later, when I visited his alma mater, Avon Old Farms School, to watch as he received a lifetime achievement award, I discovered that he was far from “average.” He had received all the top awards from students and faculty, and then went on to Yale. However, he never bragged about the honors or used them as an opportunity to one-up someone else.

I would often sit in executive committee meetings and see him handle volatile issues with a higher level thought process and insight. Most importantly, what impressed me then and continues to impress me was his sense of fairness, not only as a father but also as a businessman. If there was ever anything that even hinted of unfairness, a whole new David Bigelow would show up at the door. This, even more than things like profit margins and marketing, motivated him. He’d get feisty if he thought someone was being wronged, either customers or employees. Many times, I’d hear him discuss company decisions and one of his first questions would be, “Is that fair for the employees?”

He raised me to have same sense of fairness as my moral compass in all aspects of my life. Another lesson he taught me was that leaders should do the right thing even when no one else is supporting them. Sometimes that means staying firm when you know what you’re doing is right and have the confidence that it will play out properly in the long haul. When he wanted to build a new plant but still stay in Connecticut, everyone said he was wrong for many reasons … wages, taxes, utilities. The list was endless. He went against all the members of his team because he knew if we wanted to maintain our outstanding manufacturing work force, we would have to rebuild and stay in state.

Thirty years later, I look at our Connecticut plant and see the most engaged and passionate workforce. They are the definition of the perfect plant. And we owe that to him.

He also taught me to be successful without being successful at someone else’s expense. ​For my father, the highest calling is to be a good, decent human being. He lives by that in business and with his family. He never compromises.

Over the years, he continues to be an inspiration as chairman of the board, a father and a husband.

Everyone should be as fortunate as I am, because one of life’s greatest blessings is to have a father committed to doing right in a world that often confuses right and wrong. His philosophy is very simple: be honest, be fair, be concerned about others more than yourself and remember that success has many different definitions. His always valued being able to look back at his accomplishments and know he thought of the greater good.

Thank you, Dad, for your many invaluable lessons and more importantly, the power of your example.

Struan Shields Spills On His Secret Showtime Ritual: Tea Of Course!

How cool is it that the amazingly talented singer-songwriter Struan Shields is a Bigelow Tea fanatic and makes it part of his pre-show ritual? When he gets ready for a performance, Struan says he absolutely must have his Bigelow Peppermint Tea before a show or else! He says he even drinks excessive amounts of it! (Is there such a thing for a tea lover?)

So what about you? Maybe you’ve found yourself facing the day of a big party, a huge career-changing presentation, or even a first date. These are all just some of the events that call for a “go get ‘em” game plan! Do you have a go-to for getting revved up and ready, or calm, cool and collected? Here are some great ways to get your very own tea ritual going!

Get glowing with tea.

You’ll feel your best when you know you look your best—try tea as a way to amp up your beauty routine! For example, green tea and black tea are awesome for all types of beautifying tricks!

Put nerves in their place.

Chamomile Is known for being a calming herbal wonder—so good when you need your mind and body to chill. Sip a cup while getting ready for any sort of event that’s got your nerves wracked!

Get moving!

If you need a bolt of energy to get your engines motored and your mind focused, try a black tea such as Lemon Lift® for a refreshing boost to the brain and body!

Keep the good vibes going. 

If it’s all good and you want something to sip to keep the mood flowing and the momentum going, Constant Comment® is your go-to. Terrific for when you’re hanging with the gang and chatting up a storm.

Wind it down. 

End of a crazy exciting day still got you buzzing? Slide into sleepiness and calm your mind with Sweet Dreams® Herbal Tea, a delicious and soothing mix of chamomile and mint. Nighty-night!

What’s your favorite tea ritual? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

A Second Breakfast? Obviously A Good Choice – As Long As It’s With Bigelow Tea!

Maybe you call it a second breakfast. Or a mid-morning snack. Or elevensies (well… maybe if you’re a Hobbit). Bigelow Tea calls it a must – because, let’s be honest, any breakfast means it’s the perfect time for tea. And no matter where you eat it – at work, at home, in the car, after a grueling workout, at school – tea is great with ANY (and all!) breakfast at any time of the day!

Apparently, a second breakfast is becoming trendier than people ever imagined. And, according to research, it may even help people lose weight. A study conducted by researchers at Yale and the University of Connecticut suggests that eating a smaller meal to jump-start your metabolism followed by a slightly larger meal an hour or two later can keep you full for longer and help prevent overeating throughout the rest of the day. Who knew?! And if you’re like 94% of Americans, you’re already snacking at least once a day, so why not make it a second breakfast?

Looking for a few ideas that are quick and easy, and, well, pretty darn delicious? Easy. You can never go wrong with a piece of avocado toast, or toast with nut butter and fruit (Elvis was a huge fan of peanut butter and banana). Another option that requires just a few minutes the night before is overnight oats. Grab a mason jar and throw some steel-cut oats, milk or yogurt, chopped fruits, nuts, seeds, spices or any other favorite ingredient, shake, shake, shake, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. And, heck, you can never go wrong with some Greek yogurt. Don’t forget a spoon! Another option is to meal prep on the weekend… like making a batch of these fabulous Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins – they’ll last you all week! You know what goes great with any and all of these ideas? A nice, tall mug of Bigelow Tea. Drink up!

Noshing, munching, nibbling – whatever you want to call it, here’s to a delicious second breakfast! Tag #TeaProudly and share your morning go-to.

This Is Why You Should Double Your Delicious With Iced Bigelow Tea Flavor Combinations

Life needs more iced tea especially during June (Iced Tea Month!!). And what would be better than TWO of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors COMBINED in a glass over ice??? Yes, it’s totally a real thing, and Bigelow Tea has several combos that will absolutely. blow. your. mind. But before you even think about different flavor combinations, how much do you know about the history of iced tea?

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped and summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School. These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round.

Looking for the perfect combos? No worries – these are a few faves!

Before you go off to treat yourself, have you double-checked your iced tea-making skills? A glass of fresh iced tea is surprisingly pretty easy – and quick – to make. President and CEO Cindi Bigelow has the scoop in this video. All you’ve gotta do are 6 little steps.

  1. Boil. Boil some water as you would for any cup of tea.
  2. Add a spoon (you heard us). As the water prepares, have a glass ready. And be sure to place a metal spoon into the glass, which helps absorb the heat from the hot water.
  3. Go crazy. Choose your favorite Bigelow flavors, unwrap each individual pouch (made to preserve freshness!) and place 1-2 bags into the glass.
  4. Pour and steep. Pour the water over the bags – leave some room for ice – and let them steep for a bit longer than the box recommends for hot tea. Don’t squeeze the tea bags!
  5. Add ice. Be generous!
  6. ENJOY. It’s like a little vacation in the middle of your day.

See? Super quick. And delicious. Now, you go try and tag your masterpiece with #TeaProudly. Go on, give it a whirl – you’ve got this. And you’ll have the perfect treat to chill with when you’re done!

Do You #TeaProudly?

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Yup. It’s true. Bigelow Tea is especially proud of the 158 million or so Americans who count tea as a top beverage choice. That’s totally cool. Just think, millions of us around the U.S. — all ages, men and women — have the love of tea in common.

And you know how much the Bigelow family loves tea. In 1945, founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the flagship “Constant Comment” tea, kicking off a business that’s been family-run for three generations. From that moment on, one tea bag at a time, the company has reinvented tea in America by providing tea drinkers with a selection of more than 130 flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas using premium ingredients and foil pouches for each tea bag so you can sip and savor the freshest, highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

But let’s be honest, drinking tea is so much more, right? It’s warm and cozy; it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and creates memories. How many times have you shared a special experience with someone over tea? This, we believe, is something to talk about…something to share.  All of this is the essence of the #TeaProudly movement…check it out:

Joleen Stone Krogman: My brother-in-law made me a tea box. It proudly sits in my kitchen — ready at a moment’s notice.

Annette Alicea: My husband got me a tea organizer… it holds about 100 tea bags! I have been a tea drinker most of my life!

Terri Mitchell:‪ I have a large drawer in the kitchen dedicated to tea. I have at least 15 different boxes in there.

John Greaves: I don’t know. I had a friend visit from England and he saw several boxes of tea and he said ” yes we English love our tea, but good god man!” Lol

Stacy Mecklenburg: These are just the heavy hitters! Doesn’t include the many messy boxes in the cupboard.

Sue Lesko Glick: You can never have too much tea! Even if boxes of Bigelow fall on your head upon opening the cabinet!

Yes, totally agree Sue…when life drops tea boxes on your head, boil some water and make a cup of tea! How do you #TeaProudly??

‘Fess Up: How Often Do You Snack?

Noshing, munching, nibbling- whatever you want to call it, Americans love snacking! In today’s crazy busy culture, snacking on-the-go instead of sitting down to three square meals is truly becoming a way of life. Whether you are indulging at your desk at work, grabbing a bite when shuttling the kids to classes, or fueling up after a workout, snack time is all the time! Need proof? Read these fascinating stats from Mintel, a market research provider:

  • Millennials are more likely than any other generation to snack four times a day or more.
  • 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day.
  • Snacking now accounts for 50% of all eating occasions and many Americans say that snacking helps them meet daily nutritional requirements.
  • 37% of the time, a snack replaces a meal.

When you hear the word “snack,” we wouldn’t blame you if it invokes visions of candy bars, chips and cookies. But “snacking” doesn’t have to mean eating junk. For example, this Chai Shortbread cookie recipe from Bigelow Tea fan by Swathi @ South Indian Kitchen is just made for grabbing and then going! Plus, it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Chai Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

For making Chai short bread cookies:

  • 1cup (130g ) all purpose flour
  • ¼cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼cup (33g) powdered sugar
  • ¼teaspoon salt
  • Bigelow Vanilla chai tea packet
  • ½cup butter

For Chai spice mix:

  • 6cardamom
  • 2inch cinnamon
  • 1/2inch dry ginger/ ¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • ¼teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4black peppercorn
  • For chai spice sugar
  • ½teaspoon chai spice
  • 2tablespoon sparkling sugar

Instructions

In a kitchen aid stand mixer add butter, sugar, powdered sugar cream well. To this add flour, salt and vanilla chai packet and mix well until everything combined well.
Scrape the dough out of the bowl and warp it in a parchment paper. Freeze the dough, or chill for at least 30 minutes.
Make chai spice powder by grinding all the ingredients for chai spice. Then mix the chai spice with sugar and set aside.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Spread the dough into ¼ inch sheet and cut out using your favorite cookie cutter. Then roll the dough into chai spice sugar. Place the cookie on the baking sheet and bake until the edges are just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.

You also might want to try thinking out of the box when it comes to snacking – such as out of the tea box, that is! Tea like Salted Caramel and Vanilla Chai just may be the ultimate go anywhere treat! Simply throw some teabags in your purse or pack, and curb those cravings wherever you can grab hot water. Sometimes a nice mug of tea is just what your body needs to feel revived, refreshed and refueled!

Here is an idea: if you’re jonesing for something sweet, keep a teabag of a savory caramel or chocolate flavor handy to help you beat the battle of the bulge, yet still indulge!

So, what’s your fave snack? Share and tag #TeaProudly.