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Bigelow Tea Prepares To Celebrate 70 Years Of “Constant Comment”® Goodness

The story of Bigelow Tea begins with “Constant Comment”®, the iconic blend of orange and sweet spice created by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in her kitchen in 1945. That’s why all of us at Bigelow Tea are filled with nostalgia and a deep sense of pride as we anticipate a major milestone: the 70th birthday of Bigelow Tea and “Constant Comment” in 2015! We’re giving you a hint of what’s to come with this special sampling program designed to share “Constant Comment,” along with a bit of company lore, with tea fans of all ages.

Beginning this fall, look for a free “Constant Comment” sample tea bag in specially marked boxes of the following Bigelow Teas: Vanilla ChaiGreen Tea and Earl Grey. The foil overwraps of the “Constant Comment” samples have been redesigned to feature one of about a dozen vintage photos from the Bigelow Tea archives.

Constant Comment tea drinkers tell us the unmistakable taste of rich, black tea with rind of orange and sweet spice conjures up the warmest memories,” says Cindi Bigelow, third-generation president. “We thought it would be fun to share a cup of “Constant Comment” Tea—and treasured photos—with them as we prepare to celebrate our 70th year.”

It’s amazing that while Bigelow Tea has grown to include 120 varieties, “Constant Comment” is still a top seller. The tea is based on a Colonial-era recipe that Ruth perfected until she hit on a winning version. As the story goes, a friend who served the tea to guests raved that it received “constant comments.” The rest, of course, is history!

Thank you to all who have shared their own heart-warming “Constant Comment” stories with us over the years. We love reading them!  If you’ve never tried “Constant Comment” Tea or have forgotten just how good a tea can be, our new sampling program is an ideal way to experience a great American tea tradition!

 

Win A Bigelow TEA Shirt In Our October Sweepstakes on Facebook!

Who wants one of our fun new TEA Shirts? We’re giving out 50 of ‘em for our October sweepstakes on FACEBOOK, which starts TODAY! That’s right, 50 lucky Bigelow Tea fans will walk away with one of these sand-colored shirts in size large (total value $12.95). It features the words “TEA SHIRT” on the front and a “Constant Comment® tea bag tag “dangling” down the back. This shirt is sure to get people talking!

But we’d love to know what you think of our TEA shirt! When entering the sweeps, you have the option of voting “yes” or “no” to the design as well as adding some details on why you do or don’t like the design. Look for the announcement of the 50 winners and the outcome of the vote right here on our blog soon after the sweeps ends on October 31.

To enter, simply “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook Page and click on the Sweepstakes icon at the top right under our cover photo by midnight EST on October 31. You will then be invited to vote on the TEA Shirt design. The 50 winners will be selected by random drawing on November 1.

We thoroughly enjoyed creating this TEA shirt for our loyal tea fans! We hope you like it too! Good luck!

 

Bigelow Tea Loves The Honeybee and National Honey Month!

Bigelow Tea would like to take a moment to salute … the honeybee. Yes, in this picturesque first month of autumn, we would like to acknowledge the pollinator that makes it all happen. From the apples on the trees to our favorite sweet treat, honey, the bees are what it’s all about! September is National Honey Month, and there is no better pairing in nature than tea with a dab of that golden goodness.

Honeybees, being the remarkable creatures they are, produce different types of honey depending on the different flora they visit during their flights to collect nectar. Some well-known honeys include clover honey, orange blossom honey, and buckwheat honey. And while we think honey and tea makes a beautiful pairing, we also like the idea of fruit and honey. That’s why we are offering tasty Blueberry & Honey Spoons on our website! Blueberry flavor and sweet honey … what a charming way to add a hint of fruit and sweetness to your tea. The spoons make a great gift too … since honey is nature’s sweetest gift!

We’ve written about honeybees and beekeeping before, and we think they are worth buzzing about! So, during September’s honey month why not try a little honey? You can even mix and match our honey spoons with your favorite flavors of tea!  The possibili-teas are endless. Tea on its own is always a treat, but tea with a touch of honey is a truly sweet reward.

First image by wwarby via Flickr.com

Last Chance To Enter The Bigelow Tea Care Package Sweepstakes

Have you entered our Bigelow Tea Care Package Sweepstakes? There’s still time but you must enter by midnight tonight for your chance to win a Fine Tea and Herb Tea Gift Assortment filled with 64 flavored and herbal teas! It’s a warm and wonderful taste of home to send to a college student or loved one who’s missing you.

A total of 24 lucky winners will receive eight each of the following Bigelow Teas:

Total value: $13.95.

To enter, “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook Page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon at the top right under our cover photo. The 24 lucky winners will be selected by random drawing on September 29. Look for an announcement of the winners right here on our blog!

Good luck!

 

Bigelow Tea Is Recognized As A Zero Waste Company!

Because Bigelow Tea is committed to our local and global community, we do our best to reduce waste and maintain a strong corporate culture of sustainability. Over the last few years, Bigelow Tea has ramped up that commitment even more—working to achieve “Zero Waste to Landfill” status based on the guidelines from the Zero Waste International Alliance International. We’re pleased to announce that we have now achieved that goal!

Recycling in the Bigelow Tea cafeteria’s kitchen

Through our aggressive programs of recycling, raw material reduction, reuse and composting methods, we not only met but exceeded the requirements. In fact, each of Bigelow Tea’s plants now diverts between 92 and 100% of solid waste away from the landfill. We are officially a Zero Waste to Landfill Company, and are so proud of all that means!

Loading cardboard for recycling

With all the energy we put into our Sustainabili-TEA program, this next level of ecological achievement was a natural progression. It took a community effort to qualify for “Zero Waste to Landfill” recognition: everyone from our Plant Managers to our Bigelow Green Teams and Bigelow Tea employees, to our composting partners at all three of our plants helped us make the grade.

“We are committed to achieving and maintaining excellence in all facets of our business,” said Cindi Bigelow, president of Bigelow Tea. “We set the bar high then challenged company employees to meet it.  And meet it they did by finding ways to reduce, reuse and recycle everything—from materials used daily in the manufacturing process to the cups, plates and utensils used in all three cafeterias!  Clearly, we’re on the right track and that feels great.”

Recycling foils

Bigelow Tea’s greening efforts to date go beyond waste reduction including a 5-year savings of nearly 6.5 million kWh of electricity, 800,000 gallons water and 1.7 million cubic feet natural gas.

Together, we are making a difference!

 

The 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Takes Place This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, September 30thBigelow Tea is hosting its 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, the annual 5K Road Race, a non-competitive Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that’s fun for the whole family! We hope you’ll join the more than 1,000 runners and walkers to have fun and to help raise $100k –100% of which will go to 16 local charities, because together we make a difference! We’re so proud of the quarter century of smiles that the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge has provided for the people in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

When it comes to community involvement, the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea employees keep very busy, from helping build homes for families in need, to book drives, to school mentoring programs. Our commitment to supporting worthy causes is all a part of our Bigelow Mission statement.

“Our community involvement goes beyond being good corporate citizens. We love to support our community!” says Cindi Bigelow, third generation president of Bigelow Tea. “And the 25th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is a great way to have fun while helping to make an incredible difference in the lives of so many people.”

The organizations that will benefit from this year’s Community Challenge include the Fairfield YMCA, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Fairfield Senior Center, all important and worthy community groups!

So please join us at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in historic Southport, Connecticut this Sunday! Take part in the festivities, including a raffle with a grand prize of two plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S., donated by Warren Travel Agency.  A free 25th Anniversary T-shirt, goody bag, food, drinks and childcare will be provided for the first participants to register. And this year, in honor of the anniversary, there will be a silent auction of signed sporting memorabilia donated by the NY Yankees. Click here to register and here for more information and directions to the event.

Please make plans to join us on this Sunday, September 30th! Cindi and the Bigelow family look forward to seeing you there!

 

Charitable Giving Begins at Home With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Bigelow Tea tradition. So it is with immense pride that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Road Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that has grown steadily over the years to benefit 16 non-profit organizations in communities that neighbor our Fairfield, CT headquarters. What started as a “little race,” as Cindi Bigelow recalled recently, is now a major community event with over 1,000 people expected where we hope to raise more than $100,000 in donations this year – 100% of which will be distributed. (Cindi is pictured above on a recent visit to the Mercy Learning Center that provides basic literacy and life skills to low-income women in the greater Bridgeport area. To date, the event has earned over $800,000! What a tribute to our community!

Since all of the proceeds go to charities, we wanted to take a minute to highlight the list of beneficiaries and the wonderful work they do for people in need:

We encourage you to learn more about these charities … and to join us on September 30 at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club for a morning filled with family fun. The 2012 Bigelow Tea Community Challenge offers something for everyone, including a 5K Road Race, non-competitive Fitness Walk and a Kids’ Fun Run. There’s still time to register! You can help make a difference!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hispanics Who Enrich Our Nation

Bigelow Tea is once again excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We’re raising a cup of tea as we join many others throughout the United States to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

So, grab your Pomegranate Margarita and join us in honoring these wonderful men and women. Here are profiles of two of the many famous and notable Hispanics who’ve made contributions to society here in the U.S.

Gloria Estefan

“Get on your feet, get up and make it happen!” This Cuban songstress is a Cuban-born American singer and songwriter otherwise known as the “Queen of Latin Pop.” With multiple Grammy Awards under her belt, Estefan also has several entrepreneurial ventures including hotels and restaurants. Look for her soon on The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep opposite Joe Jonas and Nelly.

Roberto Clemente

Born in Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente worked hard for money and played baseball in his spare time. Recruited to play on a local team, Clemente was eventually given the opportunity to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an All-Star both on and off the field with his charity work. Sadly, Clemente lost his life helping others.

At Bigelow Tea we celebrate Hispanic Heritage all year long with our bilingual packaging on many products. Our Hispanic customers can make Té Verde a part of their celebration! Speaking of which, we have tea recipes fit for a fiesta, so be sure to browse our website to find a dish to pair perfectly with your favorite tea!

And check out this fun recording (courtesy of Radio Cumbre in Bridgeport CT) of Cindi Bigelow welcoming the local Hispanic community to the 25th Anniversary of the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.  Click the forward button to play.  Enjoy!

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The Perfect Hospitality Basket From Bigelow Tea

 

The warmer weather has not only brought beach days and fun in the sun, but it typically has taken us on a journey or two. Sometimes the trip is to a remote locale, but other times we find ourselves visiting friends or relatives who live just far enough away which allows for a perfect weekend getaway. How can we thank the host or hostess who goes out of their way to make us feel?  We at Bigelow Tea have the answer and the perfect gift: our Hospitality Basket! This pretty arrangement of teas and gifts is full of warmth and cheer … and it has just become available this summer! It’s a traveler’s best companion.

Not only is it simply proper etiquette to bring a gift if you are visiting with someone on your travels, but giving tea is actually a tradition with a long history. The word hospitality comes from the word hospital, which originally was a place of shelter and rest. Likewise, tea and the serving of tea are often associated with the spirit of hospitality.

Whether you are visiting for a night, or maybe just stopping by a friend’s pool for the day, nothing says thank you for welcoming us like a basket full of tea. Your host and hostess will know that you appreciate all of their efforts in making you feel welcome. And there’s one other upside of bringing this wonderful basket as a gracious guest: we can almost guarantee that you’ll be invited back … maybe for tea next time!

 

Enjoy A Taste Of Paris With Bigelow Tea

Ah … the flowers of gay Paris! Gorgeous blooms abound on many Paris boulevards, displayed to entice in shop windows and right on the sidewalk. If a trip to France isn’t on your itinerary this summer, please allow Bigelow Tea to transport you to the flowers, colors and excitement of Paris with a floral-themed gift!

Our Filigree Metal Cup and Saucer, is oh-so reminiscent of those Paris flower shops we adore. It’s filled with seven delicious teas: Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Vanilla Caramel, Green Tea, Orange & Spice Herb Tea, I Love Lemon Herb Tea, and Peppermint Herb Tea (56 tea bags in all). This lovely gift comes in pink, lavender and white. Each accented with an adorable daisy. Ooh la la!

As your own garden flourishes, take a cue from the Parisians and bring the beautiful bounty indoors. Once you’ve finished enjoying the delectable flavors of Bigelow Tea in the Filigree Metal Cup, you can use the wire vessel as a holder for your favorite plant!

And remember … even if it’s just a daydream while we sip tea at home, we’ll always have Paris!

Image 1 via Peter’s Paris