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Do Your Body—And Community—Good: Run With Bigelow Tea on September 27

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This fall, mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, taking place on Sunday, September 27, and join the fun! Brought to you by Bigelow Tea, the family-friendly event is a major support to the community, and more than 1,000 runners, walkers and children participate.

In 2014, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge raised $131,000, bringing the total raised since its inception to $1.1 million dollars. And the best part? 100% of the funds are donated to local charities that provide shelter, educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring, recreational programs and food to people and organizations in need. Funds benefit nearly 20 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut!

Need more reasons run? Registrants can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, prizes include Bigelow Tea, and there’s free childcare. Of course, a race like this would not be possible without its volunteers and the Bigelow family. Click here to get your registration started now!

 

Ethical Tea Is Bigelow Tea’s Topic On World Humanitarian Day

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World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian acts and philanthropy work around the globe. The Bigelow Tea family is excited about this day because it celebrates the idea of being good to people all over the planet, a concept that Bigelow Tea also embraces. Yes, not only does Bigelow Tea develop delicious tea, but it takes extra steps to make sure its teas are made in an ethical manner.

For starters, third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow works with ethical tea gardens in Sri Lanka, India and China. These farmers, who supply the tea and herbs for Bigelow Tea blends, have been following sustainable practices for decades. In addition, the tea suppliers focus on fair working conditions and providing opportunities for locals to work under strict social and ethical guidelines.

Moreover, Bigelow Tea is a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership. The ETP is an organization that works with tea growers to establish methods for responsible conservation of the world’s tea fields and improve the lives of the beautiful people who work them.

Check out this video of Cindi visiting some of the tea fields that have been growing quality Ceylon teas for Bigelow for 70 years.

 

Today, on World Humanitarian Day, it’s nice to focus on the ethics of business and the practices of Bigelow Tea. Doing the right thing is what Bigelow does. As Cindi Bigelow has said, “Being responsible is not something my family does because we can do good things, but because we strongly believe that we should and need to do good things, whether it’s for the community, for our employees, or for the environment.”

 

Bigelow Tea Rallies Behind The USO

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Reaching out to a high school friend, Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow cemented the company’s relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO), making it an official sponsor of the non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community.

Bigelow Tea first partnered with the USO when Cindi reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make. Bigelow Tea is now committing to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to the USO. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

bigelow american classic teaThis commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by Cindi in 2009. To date, the Tea for the Troops program has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.

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This year, Bigelow Tea also became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc. In addition, Cindi and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. This was their third Ride 2 Recovery event.

“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our veterans,” said Cindi. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back. I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she said.

And, she added, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”

 

Bigelow Tea Reflects On America And Independence Day

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The land of the free and the home of the brave … that is America, the country we celebrate as we head into Independence Day weekend. Bigelow Tea is proud to be American-made and American-run. For three generations, the tea you love has been blended and boxed right here in the USA.  Yes, 4th of July is a great time for barbecues and iced Bigelow Tea, but it is also a day to remember those who gave the United States its independence and those who continue to fight for peace and freedom on our behalf.

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One small way Bigelow Tea supports those in the military is by sending them tea. Third generation CEO and President, Cindi Bigelow, started the Tea for the Troops program as “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” To date, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow Tea have been sent to troops serving in German, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

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In addition, Bigelow Tea was proud to recently sponsor Warrior Week in Virginia. Cindi and Tim Richmond, a veteran and Bigelow Tea Project Manager, cycled in the 80-mile Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge on May 29. The ride was followed by a beach reception sponsored by Bigelow Tea.

As you enjoy a beautiful summer weekend—and possibly sip some iced American Classic or American Breakfast tea— please take a moment to remember the significance of Independence Day and all that it means to be an American.

 

Bigelow Tea Honors Those Who Serve America On Memorial Day And Every Day

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Let’s take time to honor the 1 million fallen heroes who, since the Revolutionary War, gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have those freedoms we enjoy every day.  We are blessed to live in this country…thank you to all those, past and present, who have made this country great. With our deepest gratitude, The Bigelow Family

This Memorial Day communities across the country honor the brave men and women who died serving with the Armed Forces of the United States. The significance of Memorial Day brings heartfelt pride to Bigelow Tea, as folks visit cemeteries and memorials, take part in family gatherings and line the streets for local parades. Memorial Day remembrances highlight why Bigelow Tea started Tea For The Troops – to honor the brave people who serve in the military today, as well as those who have gone before.

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Tea For The Troops was started six year ago by third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow. The tea is 100 percent grown and produced on American soil at the Charleston Tea Plantation, and packaged in patriotic red, white and blue! Tea For The Troops and thank you notes for the troops are two ways to say “thank you,” because, as Bigelow Tea fan Marian Lehner said on Facebook, “Our Troops deserve the best!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Proposal For A Wonderful Wedding

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Bigelow Tea loves a good wedding! Even in 2015, brides and grooms still follow the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Bigelow Tea is excited to share some thoughts as you plan your fairytale wedding.

Something Old

Three generations of the Bigelow family have been creating tea for 70 years, and tea itself has a storied past. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a whimsical afternoon tea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Something New

Deciding on thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids? Or looking for a personalized present for the happy couple? Make their next tea-time special with a new Bigelow Tea engraved tea chest.

Something Borrowed

If you’re searching for a venue, remember that you can always use Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation for the day. The serene and unique setting of the Plantation—found on Wadmalaw Island—provides wedding guests a taste of Southern charm and historic beauty. The grounds of America’s largest working tea garden offer a picturesque pavilion, an old-fashioned trolley to shuttle guests, and gorgeous locations to recite your vows.

Full of majestic oaks and lush fields, it’s the perfect setting for saying, “I do” and April starts the wedding season so do call to book your date!

Something (Red, White and) Blue

After a day of wedding festivities, give guests a wedding favor that’s original. Try a box of American Classic® Tea, tea grown and produced at the Charleston Tea Plantation or personalized boxes of Bigelow tea. @PrettyLaneEtsy suggests hand-stamped gift tags with the phrase, “You, me, and a cup of tea.”

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Congratulations to all those couples celebrating their big day this year. If you need a break from wedding planning, remember, nothing’s more relaxing than a nice cup of tea.

Boost Your Body With Herbal Bigelow Tea During National Nutrition Month

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Hydrate by drinking Bigelow Tea during National Nutrition Month. Of course, with so many flavors and varieties ranging from herbal to green to black, Bigelow Tea is the ideal beverage to add to your diet any time of year!

Did you know that Lemon Ginger Herbal tea  not only tastes delicious but it contains the probiotic GanedenBC 30 to help maintain a healthy balance in your digestive track?

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Hot or iced, this naturally caffeine free herbal blend is a great choice for every day. @beausci2010 knows “It’s good any time of day especially after meals.” So, during National Nutrition Month, give it a try … and feel good about yourself!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Founder Ruth C. Bigelow’s Birthday!

 

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Sunday, February 8th, is a very special day as Bigelow Tea celebrates the birth of founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow! One hundred and nineteen years ago in Providence, R.I., the indomitable Ruth was born! Later, as an adult, Ruth took a great leap of faith in 1945 to launch Bigelow Tea based on a single tea she created in her kitchen: “Constant Comment®.”  What a legacy to commemorate as the Bigelow family also marks the company’s 70th anniversary this year!

Ruth will be forever remembered as a visionary whose passion for quality, family and American ingenuity continues to fuel the Bigelow Tea mission. How proud she would be to know that the business continues to be family-owned and is now America’s number one specialty tea company with more than 120 varieties blended and packaged right here in the USA!

It took determination, grit and hard work for Ruth and husband David Bigelow Sr. to achieve their version of the American dream. Driven by the belief that the country was ready for a more flavorful tea, and inspired by a Colonial recipe, Ruth spent weeks blending black tea, orange rind and sweet spices to perfect  “Constant Comment®.” It remains one of America’s best-loved teas and still generates lots of conversation, as @sharoncady shared in this heartwarming tweet:  “If friendships had a smell, ours would be #ConstantComment tea!”

Happy birthday to Ruth and her beloved Bigelow Tea … here’s to many more generations as America’s Family Tea Blenders!

 

Seventy Years Of Bigelow Tea

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The year 2015 is a special one for the Bigelow Tea family. It marks 70 years since the day Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the very first Bigelow Tea, “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen. For a family-run company to continue for seven decades is no small accomplishment—and Bigelow Tea has not only remained a constant presence on the tea scene, it has thrived and grown to become America’s number one specialty tea company! It’s a true American-dream come true, and it’s a family story that Bigelow Tea is proud to share and savor—much like a nice pot of freshly brewed tea.

Seventy years ago, back in 1945, life in the United States was a bit different. Abbott and Costello made people laugh, World War II was coming to an end and 10 year-old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at a talent show. Also back in 1945, when the Bigelow Tea company first started, Ruth Bigelow and the family could only afford a single-color label for her first tea. To help spruce up the package, her son David Jr. and her husband David Sr. would sit together each night, hand-painting the two ladies on the original label.

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Each morning, they would put the tea into the family station wagon and sell it store by store. 70 years later the Bigelow family still puts this kind of effort and passion into selling their tea.

Today, not only is family-owned Bigelow Tea is the #1 U.S. Leader in specialty tea, but that first tea—“Constant Comment”®—is its flagship brand and a tea that has given tea lovers many, many cherished family moments. On Facebook Shannon Martin shared her memory of having “real tea parties” with her great-grandmother and Bigelow Earl Grey. “She passed when I was eight. I’m still a Bigelow drinker today.”

As the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea celebrate this 70th anniversary throughout the year 2015, please share your special memories of sipping Bigelow Tea throughout the decades!

 

Bigelow Tea’s Energizing American Breakfast Tea Is Waiting For You

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Tea drinkers craving  extra focus—and coffee drinkers looking to add a new caffeinated beverage to their repertoire—need look no further than the shelves of their local retailer. Bigelow Tea is excited to announce that Bigelow American Breakfast Tea, an all-new line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea, is now available at Walmart, Publix, Giant, Wegman’s, Shop Rite, Weis, A&P and Price Chopper.

The full line consists of:

Crafted with premium, all-natural ingredients, Bigelow American Breakfast Tea is made in America, by an American family, for the American consumer. In that same spirit of patriotism, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the American Breakfast Tea line goes to support our U.S. servicemen and women. And please note Operation Gratitude added American Breakfast tea to their wish list on Amazon so please think about making a contribution to our troops.

New Bigelow American Breakfast Teas are specially formulated with natural black tea extract—a concentrated form of brewed black tea—to deliver 60-90mg of caffeine per cup, versus the typical 30-60mg in regular black tea. Despite the significantly higher caffeine content, drinkers won’t experience the “rush and crash” effect typical of coffee.

Cindi Bigelow, third generation president and CEO of the family-owned Bigelow Tea, explains, “The lift you get from the caffeine in tea is different from that of coffee. That’s because tea has the added benefit of Theanine, a naturally occurring component in tea. Studies have shown this unique combination gives tea drinkers a sustained energy boost and, at the same time, a feeling of relaxation and focus similar to what is achieved through meditation. ”

Try out Bigelow American Breakfast Tea with a limited time coupon found here.