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Bigelow Tea Goes All Out With Half & Half Iced Tea And Lemonade Blends!

Bigelow Tea proudly introduces our Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade … and we’re excited to announce that there’s nothing half-way about the flavor! Our new masterfully blended and naturally sweetened tea combos deliver double the taste and refreshment for a whole new way to enjoy fresh brewed iced tea with its natural flavor complement: lemonade. Plus, each serving has just 10 to 15 calories!  We know you’ll want to try them both:

As an added convenience, these half-and-half tea bags – the first of their kind on the market – come in family, quart-size tea bags, so a generous pitcher of a thirst-quenching beverage is easily brewed in minutes. Each variety features black tea balanced with natural lemon or pomegranate flavors, lemon peel and herbs.

“It is just the right combination of smooth black tea and lemonade, sweetened to perfection all for pennies a glass,” says Bigelow Tea President Cindi Bigelow. “The product is so delicious, and all made at your convenience in your home.” And, because consumers are not buying multiple glass bottles or aluminum cans, Cindi likes that “it is a win from an environmental standpoint as well as economical.”

With so many bottled tea beverages on the market, we know you have plenty of choices. But we think our Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade blends are altogether different because they offer great flavor, convenience and all the health benefits of freshly brewed tea. As we recently shared on our blog, one study suggests that when it comes to iced tea, brewed is the better choice over bottled if you want to preserve all the antioxidants in your tea. And we know you do!

So go all out with Half & Half Iced Tea and Lemonade!

To see the formal press release, please link here.

Employee Spirit Abounds At Bigelow Tea

We don’t like to brag, but we happen to think that Bigelow Tea has the best group of employees around! And because March is officially Employee Spirit Month, we think it’s the ideal time to again recognize our crew and share a much-deserved pat on the back!

Employee Spirit Month is designed to celebrate the unity of employees, and we have so much to celebrate! Not only do our Bigelow Tea employees complete their jobs with aplomb, but they go above and beyond the call of duty in so many ways. From community involvement to sustainability initiatives, our Bigelow Tea workers are truly top-notch. Last year they even made a hugely popular video about working at our company. We couldn’t be prouder!

You probably know that there is a special page on our website where we share employee stories, and we hope you’ll check it out. Take a look and meet an employee who takes a scooter to his train station to help keep the environment clean, and a couple of team members who took initiative at the plant – and insulated a drafty door. Then there is all that fantastic Bigelow Tea that our team produces every day, let’s not forget that!

Bigelow Tea says thank you to its talented team and hopes that all of you wonderful tea-drinkers out there have tons of employee spirit at your place of business too!

 

Go Green With Bigelow Tea’s March Sweepstakes!

Get ready to go green with our March sweepstakes starting today and running through the end of the month! That’s right, 25 lucky winners will receive a taste of the green with one Green Tea Variety Gift Box, featuring a delicious assortment of Bigelow green teas.

If you’re new to the pleasures of Bigelow Tea green tea, this is a great opportunity to try its distinctive delicate flavor, blended with your other favorite Bigelow Tea flavors. We think you’ll also appreciate the many reported health benefits of drinking green tea. Remember when brewing: take the kettle off just before the water begins to boil. That’s Cindi Bigelow’s tip for preserving all the flavor of those delicate green tea leaves!

Each Green Tea Variety Gift Box contains 8 each of the following teas (64 tea bags in all, total value $13.95):

  • Bigelow Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea Decaffeinated
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mint
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Peach
  • Bigelow Constant Comment Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Lemon
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mango
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Green Tea

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) then click the Green Tea sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name. The sweepstakes ends at midnight on March 31st. The 25 winners will be chosen by random drawing on April 1st!

Enter today, and enjoy going green with Bigelow Tea – anytime!

 

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!

Image via hrbenefitslert.com

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

 

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.

Photo by WWarby, via Flickr.com

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!