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A Healthy Workplace Makes Bigelow Tea Shine!

Bigelow Tea was recognized by the Business Council of Fairfield County at its annual Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition Program. The event was held on Valentine’s Day to celebrate the efforts of area employers “who understand the competitive advantage of a healthy workforce and who have implemented cutting edge programs to promote a healthy workplace and assist their employees to live healthier lives.”

Bigelow Tea is thrilled to be one of the organizations recognized in this arena, and we are proud to note that it is our third time receiving this accolade! As we’ve said before, the health and wellness of our employees is a top priority at our company. Our efforts in this area include hosting a Health & Wellness Fair, where we all had the opportunity to learn more about topics such as healthy eating, natural remedies and zinc deficiency.  It’s wonderful to see so many members of our Bigelow team living healthy lifestyles—lifestyles that, of course, include drinking lots of antioxidant-rich tea!

At our Health and Wellness Fair

 “We applaud the hard work and resourcefulness of these individuals, as they have made [the] wellness mission critical in their organizations,” said Robert K. Janes, Jr., Director, New Sales, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (one of the event’s sponsors).

The Business Council of Fairfield County, a private, not-for profit corporation, is committed to strengthening the economic vitality of the region and the performance of its member firms, through research-based public policy initiatives, information services and network building programs. Bigelow Tea will continue to promote our healthy work environment for our employees, good for all our families, both at work and at home!

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In Celebration Of Hot Tea Month, Cindi Bigelow Answers Your Questions Live On Facebook!

You have seen her in our terrific Bigelow Tea videos and have heard from her on our Bigelow Tea blog … and now you have a chance to interact with her on our Facebook page! Yes, Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow will be answering questions live on our Facebook page, on Wednesday, January 18 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST!

During that hour, you can visit our Bigelow Tea Facebook page and ask Cindi your burning questions about anything tea-related. Do you have questions about particular varieties of Bigelow Tea? Are you curious to know exactly how much tea Cindi drinks each day, or what her favorite Bigelow Tea is? Have you wondered about details of how the company started? Whatever you’ve been dying to ask her, she’s ready to respond to your inquiries!

And, of course, if you want to share with Cindi your own tea experiences, she is excited to hear from you! This stimulating tea chat will be interactive and you’ll be talking directly to Cindi, so mark your calendars: Wednesday, January 18th from 2-3 p.m. We can’t wait to hear from you during that hour!


Bigelow Tea Wins CT Green Coast Award

I am so excited to share with you that we have been fortunate enough to win the Connecticut Green Coast Award for the fourth year in a row.  Clearly our ability to win this award is based on the unwavering commitment of each and every one of our employees.  It is because of them we have done things such as saved 1.9 million kWh of electricity since 2005, saving 100,000 gallons of water annually and are currently reducing our solid waste by 5 tons per month all just from our Connecticut facility.  I am delighted to say that similar work is being done by our employees in Boise and Louisville.

I have a great team, and winning this award reinforces all of their great work and commitment to the environment. Great job Fairfield, the award is well deserved.

Cindi Bigelow


Calling All Bigelow Teabag Envelope Collectors!

Let’s face it … we’re a nation of avid collectors. Stamps, coins, dolls, and all sorts of memorabilia –the list is endless!  The wily sleuths at Bigelow Tea have even discovered that there are many tea aficionados who love to collect teabag envelopesAre you one of them? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Apparently this is not just an American phenomenon.  In Europe, there are some seriously keen teabag envelope collectors. And while one might imagine that England tops the list, we have learned that there are some passionate enthusiasts in the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium!

With such a wide selection of flavorful, aromatic teas, Bigelow Tea certainly provides the ardent collector with a fabulous array of teabag envelopes that can be organized by type and flavor.  If you wanted to start up a green teabag envelope collection for example, think of how many Bigelow® green tea varieties we have!

If collecting sounds like a grand idea to you, you might be wondering: “what exactly do I do with these colorful teabag envelopes as I collect them?”  Well, aside from the traditional place-them-in-scrapbook method, here are a few creative ideas:

  • greeting cards
  • posters
  • party decorations, like piñatas
  • seasonal decorations, like garlands and Christmas tree ornaments
  • miniature kaleidoscopic origami (teabag folding)

Once you’ve opened your Bigelow teabag envelope—open it gently to keep the foil envelope perfectly intact for your collection!—and have breathed in the beautiful aroma of our tea, you’ll probably be tempted to put off the collecting for a moment as you rush to turn on the kettle and brew a truly delightful cup of tea! Yes, sipping is every bit as good as the collecting! Enjoy!


North Pole at Bigelow Tea


What a beautiful Saturday morning yesterday was.  We decorated Bigelow Tea to look like the “North Pole” and invited all of the employees to bring their children and grandchildren for a festive event.  Great food, a very funny magician, and of course a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus-it was absolutely wonderful!  The kid’s huge smiles and the parents’ and grandparents’ overwhelming joy was what the holidays are all about.

We have a team at Bigelow Tea that takes months to plan this day and what was so fantastic was I wasn’t sure who was more delighted with the morning, the North Pole team or the little children!  It was a the perfect way to start the holiday season….HO HO HO


Cindi Bigelow




Cook Up Something Sweet With Bigelow Tea and Honey!

Honey has a special place in our hearts here at Bigelow Tea, as just a touch enhances any of our teas! September is National Honey Month … a great time to highlight honey’s many uses and benefits. With more than 300 varieties of honey to choose from, each American consumes 1.3 pounds of the sweet stuff annually!  We’re doing our part at Bigelow Tea – check out our Honey Spoon Gift Set. Each honey-dipped spoon is ready to stir into your favorite cup of Bigelow Tea!

Honey Spoon Gift Set

And here’s a wonderful chicken dish, pairing honey with Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea for a great recipe. Yum!

Chamomile Braised Chicken



Bigelow ® Cozy Chamomile Herb Tea Bags
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
8 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup baby carrots diced
1 medium onion diced
1 celery rib diced
¼ cup chives diced

Yield: Serves 4


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Using a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Turn off heat and allow tea bags to steep in broth for 5 min. Discard tea bags. Add agave nectar or honey and stir to dissolve.  Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat a large, oven proof sauté pan on med-high. Add olive oil. Once oil is heated, add chicken thighs, skin side down. Once skin is golden brown (5 min), turn chicken over and allow to cook for an additional 5 min.

Remove chicken from pan and place on a plate. Using the same pan, reduce heat to medium and add carrots, onion and celery. Sauté vegetables for 3 minutes. Add ½ cup of the Chamomile Tea broth to deglaze the pan and allow liquid to reduce by ½ (5 min). Place reserved chicken back in pan over the sautéed vegetables. Pour remainder of reserved broth over chicken. Place uncovered pan in oven. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve on warm plates. Garnish with chives.

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The First Flush Festival Is A “Top 100 Event” Brought To You By Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea—and countless tea lovers and music fans—already know that our annual First Flush FesTEAval is a blast, but now the entire nation is going to know it! Our Charleston Tea Plantation’s First Flush FesTEAval has been selected by the American Bus Association as one of the 2012 Top 100 Events in North America!

The ABA’s experienced tourism selection committee has been choosing events for their “top 100” for thirty years. Our tea-lover’s event, which takes place annually on a Sunday in May on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Low country, was selected from thousands of nominations across North America!

“The attractiveness of the First Flush FesTEAval as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for the First Flush FesTEAval,” said Peter Pantuso, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the First Flush FesTEAval has been recognized…at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives the First Flush FesTEAval an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”


The outdoor festival, which celebrates the first tea harvest at our Charleston Tea Plantation, features great music, fantastic foods and the incomparable American Classic iced tea, served in biodegradable corn cups! Last year we were lucky enough to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event.

Bigelow Tea is thrilled and honored to have our First Flush FesTEAval named one of 2012’s Top 100 Events – and we look forward to seeing you there next year for the Sixth Annual celebration!

Join Cindi For a Video Peek Inside Bigelow Tea’s Sustainable Headquarters


History, family tradition, innovation … at Bigelow Tea we continually strive for the perfect blend! Join CPTV and President Cindi Bigelow on the “Empowering Connecticut” original series as they take you inside our company’s state-of-the-art plant in Connecticut, where cherished family heirlooms and state of the art technology are equally at home. From the installation of solar panels that generate 20 percent of the plant’s electricity, to the development of biodegradable tea bags, today’s Bigelow Tea family is doing amazing things to reduce energy use and preserve our environment for future generations of tea drinkers. We think Ruth C. Bigelow would be proud!

Bigelow Tea Enthusiastically Celebrates You!

At Bigelow Tea, there’s one thing we know for sure:  who our customers are!  So, as we celebrated Get to Know Our Customers Day yesterday, we raised our teacups to you, all our tea aficionados with whom we share an unabashed love of the flavor, taste and aroma of our Bigelow teas!

We’re always delighted when you tell us your stories or post your comments on our blogFacebook, or Twitter….we truly we listen and learn a lot from you.  Each day, we strive to be better – to produce a product that not only pleases your taste buds, but is also a daily pleasure in your life.

Whether it’s our seemingly endless selection of antioxidant-filled green teas for the health conscious, our flavorful organicherb, and herb plus teas for all the naturalists out there, our seasonal teas to help usher in each season, or our black teas for the traditionalists –  we’ve made it our mission to make sure that you will never, ever get bored with our teas (thank goodness for over 100 flavors, right?)!

It’s all about you, our customers. For those sensitive to gluten, we offer a fabulous selection of gluten-free teas. We also have a wide array of Kosher/Kosher for Passover teas. And we have our decaffeinated tea drinkers covered too – our decaf teas taste so good you don’t even notice that they’re virtually caffeine-free! And as we enjoy these hot summer months, Bigelow Tea knows what you thirst for – ice cold and flavorful iced tea!

So, a big thank you to all our Bigelow Tea customers…we’re grateful for your great taste!  And to those who are new to the Bigelow Tea experience – welcome, and cheers!

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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!

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