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Bigelow Tea is a Favorite among Natural Food Stores Thanks to Aaron Lawrence

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I’m writing today to personally thank Aaron Lawrence for helping us get Bigelow Tea into the hands of a lot more consumers.

Last month we introduced an incentive program with our natural foods broker, Advantage Sales and Marketing to help kick start our fall tea season; one man in particular has proven to us that he can sell tea.  His name is Aaron Lawrence.  As a Territory Rep. for natural food broker Advantage Sales and Marketing, Aaron is helping to make Bigelow Tea a favorite with natural food stores across the country like Whole Foods/Wild Oats.

I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron at the Natural Foods Expo last month in Baltimore.  We invited Aaron to stop by our booth and had our picture taken together along with Angie Lewis, Business Development Manager, Advantage East. That’s Aaron on the left.

Aaron really enjoys selling.  He has a “natural” (no pun intended) way about him. Originally from Westbury, NY and now residing in Lauderdale by the Sea, FL, Aaron got his start in the natural food industry with Wildfire Sales.  He made the move to Advantage a year ago because he wanted to work for a larger company to gain more exposure to the natural food industry and we’re glad he did!

As our way of saying thank you, Aaron  received a bonus  along with a 3 day/2 night trip to  our beautiful Bigelow Charleston Tea  Gardens in South Carolina.

Congratulations Aaron.  Given Bigelow Tea’s links to healthy living, you make a perfect fit.  Keep up the great work and have a fun trip!

Cindi Bigelow

Left to Right: Aaron Lawrence: Advantage Territory Rep, Florida, Cindi Bigelow, President Bigelow Tea, and Angie Lewis, Advantage BDM, Eastern Region (Business Development Manager)

Small Acts Of Kindness With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

It’s the holiday season! Grab your scarves, hug your loved ones, decorate, savor all things cozy (like a mug of Bigelow Tea!) and… be kind.

Each holiday season offers a wonderful reminder of all the reasons why we love to support those in need in our local community…this is our Mission…it’s how we define being good corporate citizens! Our goal always is to work together to make our communities the best that they can be, and it is always about doing the right thing as third generation CEO and president Cindi Bigelow has said many times. Take a cue from these amazing stories where Bigelow employees give back and give back again (pretty incredible!) …take a look:

 

Operation Gratitude

Cheryl Moccia crocheted 20 scarves for Operation Gratitude Scarves for Troops program, which sends handmade scarves and hats to troops all over the world. These “gifts from home” are just a small way we can say thank you from the States while troops are overseas. Thanks to Cheryl’s kind heart (and nimble fingers!), the scarves will be shipped to Operation Gratitude – along with a master carton of tea!

Operation Hope

The Bigelow Tea Marketing and Sales teams donated clothing and holiday gifts to be distributed locally in Fairfield by Operation Hope. The program is called Hope for the Holidays and Bigelow has sponsored many families over the past few years. It’s one time when re-gifting is totally okay with us.

CT Food Bank Thanksgiving Giving

Bigelow Tea is especially pleased to announce that a donation for $8,000, made possible by funds raised at the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in September, was made to the Connecticut Food Bank. The donation will provide 16,000 meals to people in Connecticut who struggle to meet monthly living expenses, often at the expense of groceries. The Connecticut Food Bank feeds Connecticut’s hungry year ’round by supplying food and resources to member agencies throughout Fairfield County and the rest of the state, as well as through direct food distribution programs.

Upcycled Ornaments from Louisville Plant

Giving comes in a lot of forms, including giving back to the planet and giving to our future. In that spirit, Bigelow Tea employee Kim Medley from Bigelow Tea’s Louisville facility made a tree topper from recycled scrap from the Bigelow Tea plant! We love putting recyclable material to good re-use.

Holiday Fair – Sustainability/Community Relations

Bigelow Tea hosted local vendors to show their wares and welcome employees to shop for holiday gifts. The featured vendors had a variety of handmade goods, including AKA Collectibles, who makes ornaments out of wood; Backyard Beekeepers, who craft goods out of beeswax and honey; and the Pilot House Yes We Can program, which features handcrafted art made by adults with special needs. Even when you’re shopping, you can still be giving, right?!

Hopefully these ideas inspire everyone to help the local community during the holidays and throughout the year. Whether you’re sharing a cup of tea or providing much-needed support, every good deed makes a difference!! Here’s to giving, and cheers to everyone giving back! After all, this is one more reason to #TeaProudly!  Happy Holidays to all!

Which Bigelow Tea Seasonal Flavor Will Be YOUR Favorite? 

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeaaar! Bigelow Tea seasonal flavors are here! Not sure which one to try first? Take a quiz and let the answer guide you… all the way to the store (or Bigelow Tea website!) to stock up. Are you ready? Set? Snow!

  1. When it comes to this time of the year, you are:
    A.   SO. EXCITED. THIS IS THE BEST TIME! All the lights, cheer and wintry goodness!
    B.   Pretty cool with it! Sometimes, I think it’s crazy that people start to decorate before Thanksgiving, but whatever.
    C.   Chill. (And not just because it’s cold outside.)
    D.   I’d rather close my door to it all and hibernate through the season. (Bah, humbug.)
  2. Finish this sentence: My favorite holiday treat is _______.
    A.   A nice, cold glass of eggnog!
    B.   Cookies. All the cookies.
    C.   Candy canes. Or chocolate. Or both.
    D.   Whatever I don’t have to share.
  3. What type of music is your go-to this time of year?
    A.   Holiday music! Starting in October… or sooner!
    B.   I like anything offbeat – maybe some rockin’ holiday tunes or a funky twist on a yuletide classic.
    C.   Cool jazz is the way holiday songs were meant to be played, but I’m open to others’ suggestions.
    D.   Anything that’s not 24/7 holiday music would be nice, right?
  4. It’s almost midnight on December 24th. What are you up to?
    A.   I’ve been in bed since dinner! Santa could come any minute!
    B.   Sneaking a couple of those treats someone left by the fireplace.
    C.   Sitting and sharing stories of holidays past with close friends and family.
    D.   I’m asleep. It’s almost midnight, dude.
  5. Best holiday movie?
    A.   It’s a Wonderful Life
    B.   Christmas Vacation
    C.   Home Alone
    D.   Die Hard (what, it counts)

Alright! Now let’s see which seasonal tea is caroling out your name.

Mostly A’s

If the holidays were a country, you would be their chief ambassador, and Bigelow Eggnogg’n® Tea would be your national drink. Throw on a kettle and your favorite wintertime movies on loop and fall in love with that rich, creamy, spiced flavor for another year running.

Mostly B’s

You’re down with the holiday season, but like to spice things up with your own style. We totally get that, and recommend Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea with Lemon for you. Like biting into (well, technically sipping) a favorite holiday cookie, this tea packs a flavorful kick you’ll fall in love with.

Mostly C’s

You’re easy going but still like to show off your sweet side around the holidays, just like a cup of Peppermint Bark Herbal Tea. Cool peppermint oils meet cocoa for a cup that will immerse you in seasonal bliss.

Mostly D’s

Oof. You need to get in the holiday spirit and fast. Here’s a tip: pick up a box of all three flavors! Give them a try and we’re sure you’ll be more in the mood to be merry!

Pair Your Favorite Comfort Food With Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Rough day? We hear you. Those happen, and you know what? Bigelow Tea is a hug in a mug. So when you add your favorite comfort food to the mix, it’s literally the definition of a *perfect* pair.

While tea goes well with everything, it’s worth knowing that in general, when it comes to tea and food pairings, the stronger the tea, the more hearty the food. So, here goes: a few of our best comfort food and tea pairings. Put them in your back pocket for a rainy (or sleepy or sad or long) day or try it out for the holidays with family!

  1. Comfort = Anything sweet. If chocolate, rich treats and sugary goodness are your go-to, an Oolong or bold black tea – like English Teatime  or Vanilla Chai – will do the trick. Lighter foods, like an angel food cake or French madeleines pair well with a cup of green tea.
  2. Comfort = All things savory. Dreaming of sandwiches? Say, these Ham and Pear Sandwiches or this juicy Chamomile Braised ChickenTry an herbal tea, like I Love Lemon.
  3. Comfort = Salt + spice. Like salt and spice (yup, everything nice)? You’ll love pairing your favorite comfort food with a robust cup of Darjeeling. This flavor pairs well with rich, creamy, or spice-forward dishes.
  4. Comfort = Homestyle cooking. Soups? Mashed potatoes? Meat? Cheese. Earl Grey all the way. Earl Grey’s smooth flavor and bright citrus aroma perfectly complement the strong, earthy flavors in red meat dishes like Orange Beef and Chinese Broccoli, and Lamb Kebabs with Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
  5. Comfort = Breakfast. Maybe you’re a breakfast lover, in which case, you can’t go wrong with Bigelow sweet herbal teas, like Chamomile Mango. Try a cup with these recipes for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast or Caramel Apple Crunch Muffins. Yum!

Whatever your feel-good fix, there’s a Bigelow Tea flavor that’s sure to complement. And hey, if that doesn’t turn things around for you, talk it out with a friend or family (perfect timing with Thanksgiving tomorrow!). Whether it’s over a cup of tea or not (though a cup of tea never hurts), it always helps to spend some time, express yourself and share a laugh with your favorites in #TeaProudly style. Enjoy!

5 Ways You Can Practice Gratitude At Home, Tea In Hand

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

(Blog and Picture by Carmen Sognonvi of Top Flight Family!)

This time of year always inspires us to be a bit reflective, maybe even more so than the New Year does. It’s the perfect time to make changes in our life – the landscape is literally changing, so why shouldn’t we? The fall leaves and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday remind us to think about all we have to be grateful for. And that’s a great time to instill gratitude in the children in our lives. If you feel the same way, try one (or all) of these 5 ways families can practice thankfulness at home. Brew up a pot of Bigelow Tea and get started!

  1. Practice what you preach. Before we suggest anything, know that your kids are watching you and taking notes! If you force them to eat their vegetables and never eat anything green yourself, you’ll be called out. The same goes for any activities you want your children to partake in. Sometimes, we have to force ourselves to take the time we need to recharge. Kids look up to you, so be a good role model.
  2. Keep a gratitude journal. Whether you do this one solo or as a group, the simplest way to count your blessings is to put them down on paper. Choose a beautiful notebook and a fancy pen, so you’ll be encouraged to write daily. Or sit around the kitchen table and discuss what you’ll write. (Sometimes kids need a reminder of all the little things they encountered in a single day.) Then jot it all down. Brew up a cup of tea and take some time to reflect. There’s something so soothing about sipping some warm tea as we sit down to share our thoughts.
  3. Meditate. It’s hard for kids to sit still. Scratch that. It’s hard for all of us to sit still these days! Show your family members how to take brief periods of time each day to sit in silence, clear their minds, and focus on their breath. Because our minds tend to reel, give your children an intention of thankfulness to focus on while they’re sitting. They can either say the word over and over or they can visualize all of the things and people they are grateful for. You can start with a minute a day and work up from there.
  4. Say thank you more often (and mean it). Do you thank every stranger that holds the door, hands you something, or helps you in some way? Make it a point to say the words thank you more often. Make it a part of your normal lexicon and encourage your kids to do the same. This simple, verbal expression is a good reminder for us all.
  5. Send thank you cards. This is not only a great habit to model for your children, but also a small gesture that really means a lot to the recipient. Hand-written thank you cards for any and all occasions are vastly underrated. When possible, throw in a $5 coffee shop gift card or a drawing your children made of the interaction to take it a step further.

Tag #TeaProudly and share the other ways you like to practice gratitude in your family!

These Are Some Of The Ways Tea Is Terrific For Your Mind and Body!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

Did you ever notice how it’s nearly impossible to be stressed and have tea at the same time? Crazy how this simple drink is seriously the perfect pick-me-up for whatever and whenever you need it. Think about it, when was the last time drinking tea made you feel worse for the wear? Totally the opposite, right?

Maybe it has something to do with those little things called flavonoids?

First, what on Earth is a “flavonoid” and why should you care? Well, turns out everyone’s favorite plant, the Camellia Sinensis (where tea leaves come from), contains these lil’ beauties. They are none other than dietary compounds naturally found in plants and are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

In fact, they say tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 ml serving, compared to fruit juice, which only has up to 50 mg per serving. (So you may want to skip the OJ in the morning and go straight for the tea!) Flavonoids, research tells us, are known to have some amazing benefits for the body, thanks to their antioxidant content.  Pretty interesting, right? Here are just some of the cool things tea can do for you:

Tea may do a body good.

Scientists in Australia found that regularly drinking 3 cups of black tea a day may help lower blood pressure, according to Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. Either way, multiple cups of tea daily is surely a tasty way to get through your busy day – hey, no reason not to enjoy a mug morning, noon, and night, right?

Tea helps you take a chill when counting calories.

Tea is totally calorie-free, so you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about calorie counting as you enjoy cup after cup…after cup! Tea is terrific way to stay hydrated while treating yourself!

You’ll have less caffeine, and fewer jitters.

You can still feel a buzz without getting into that crazy caffeinated state that coffee can cause. After all, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, while still providing that energy boosting feeling that you’re craving.

So the final lesson to be learned here? Turn to tea for a super duper bundle of goodness!

What’s your favorite part about drinking tea? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

This Is Why Bigelow Tea Should Be In Your Favorite College Student’s Next Care Package

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

It can be tough to find the right gift for your son or daughter (or friend or loved one!) when they go off to college. They’re probably not going to tell you what they want (ugh, mooom, stop asking!), and you want to surprise them anyway. Bigelow Tea has you covered, though – from the feel-good ingredients of the Benefits line to the classic comfort of “Constant Comment®” or even this awesome limited edition tin of tea, you can make sure the student in your life is stocked up and stoked to open a care package from yours truly.

It could even be the things to break out from few-word texts. We can picture the conversation now…

MOM: Hi, sweetie, how’s college? Are you enjoying your classes? Have you met new friends? I miss you!

STUDENT: It’s good. Miss you, too, mom.

MOM: Roomie situation OK?

STUDENT: Going fine.

(…a few minutes later…)

MOM: Did you get that package I sent you?

STUDENT: OMG! Yes! I meant to thank you for all the tea. The Earl Grey got me through studying for my first exam the other day, which I think I aced. And my roommate loves the Caramel Chai – she asked if you could send her a box because we’re almost out already!! We’ve had a couple of nights to chill so the tea was awesome… and guess what?  I am drinking the tea right now!!!  Thanks again SO much. Love you!

Yup. Just like that. Well, maybe not exactly like that, but we have a feeling your favorite college student will definitely enjoy the warm thoughts – and warm tea. Send a care package today (like this Tea & Herb Assortment or this Everyday Wellness Gift Box)… it’s guaranteed to make them smile. Tag #TeaProudly with a picture of your ultimate Bigelow-filled care package!

This Is Why You Should Start Your Day With A Mug of Bigelow Earl Grey

Friday, September 1st, 2017

A true classic, Earl Grey is a tea fit for a queen (more on that later). Ask anyone. A cup of Bigelow Tea Earl Grey tea will make your day. This refined, yet bold, black tea is highlighted by bright and fragrant citrus notes – thanks to the finest bergamot oil sourced year after year exclusively from Calabria, Italy. Wait, you may ask, what’s so special about this bergamot oil?

The single town of Calabria is where 80% of the world’s citrus bergamot fruit is grown. Since the 1970s, Bigelow Tea has worked with the family farmers in Calabria who supply the best oil of bergamot to create this classic blend. Another third-generation operation, these family bergamot farms are dedicated to expertly growing citrus bergamot fruit without the use of pesticides, using natural, organic methods from orchards that have been in existence for over 80 years. They’re all about the integrity of the flavor – just like the Bigelow family.

So, about that queen? Yes, the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth starts her morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea. In fact, this cheeky writer even spent a week eating – and drinking – like the queen. And, well, suffice to say, she enjoyed quite a few mugs of Earl Grey. Who can complain about that?!

Another fan of Earl Grey? Bob. Who’s Bob, you may wonder? Just the coolest guy ever who also happened to be president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s CPR instructor. And, hey, there’s even a fun – and entirely impromptu – moment on camera where he tells us why he has been a Bigelow Tea Earl Grey devotee for more than 40 years. Wow! As he emphatically explains in this fun video, the best thing about our Earl Grey is the purity of the ingredients: black tea and natural oil of bergamot. Tag #TeaProudly if you agree!

This Land Was Made For You And Tea

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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!

6 Tips For Getting Gorgeous With Tea!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

You probably already know that Bigelow Tea is amazing in a mug, but tea is also fabulous for your face, feet, and more says Reader’s Digest! In fact, black tea is an incredible beauty secret! Try these awesome suggestions and enjoy a more marvelous you while you indulge in a mug of your favorite flavor!

  1. Put the kibosh on a pesky pimple. 

Keep a spot from rearing its ugly head by covering it with a warm tea bag for several minutes. This just may shrink the zit, thanks to the tannins in black tea – they are thought to have antibacterial properties.

  1. Help feet smell sweet.

Stinky feet can get relief with a black tea footbath. Just soak your tired dogs every day for at least 15 minutes in a small tub of water that contains boiled black tea bags. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for sandal season!

  1. Calm a cut.

Next time you nick yourself, press a cool damp tea bag on the spot- black tea can act like an astringent and help stop the bleeding. Who needs Band-Aids?

  1. Say goodbye to grays.

Save time and money by heading to your kitchen instead of the salon. Make your own natural dye by following this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair without rinsing, and enjoy gorgeous colored strands.

  1. Pull the puff out of tired eyes.

Whether your eyes are hurting from allergies or a late night, tea can help peepers pop again.

Cover closed eyes with cool, damp tea bags for a couple minutes and you’ll look like you got at least 8 hours.

  1. Soothe a rash.

Help an itchy rash, such as Poison Ivy (so much for that nice outdoorsy walk, right?), feel much better by taking a soak in a tub filled with a few tea bags in it. Might as well treat yourself to a mug of tea (um, not from the bathwater!) while you’re relaxing in the bath!

Is tea one of your beauty tricks? Tell us all of your “beau-tea” secrets and tag #TeaProudly!