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Last Chance To Enter The Bigelow Tea Care Package Sweepstakes

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

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!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates National White Chocolate Day—With A Twist!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

At Bigelow Tea, we simply love chocolate … and we can’t wait to celebrate National White Chocolate Day tomorrow (September 22nd)!  Bigelow Tea recommends having fun with either our White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups or White Chocolate Pound Cake. These recipes offer a twist on white chocolate and will cause all tea-drinking chocolate lovers to celebrate big-time on National White Chocolate Day!

White Chocolate Mint Mousse Tea Cups

The Winning Bigelow Tea Contest Recipe by Diane Halferty

 

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces white chocolate baking chips
2 cups whipping cream, divided
6 Bigelow Tea Plantation Mint or Mint Medley tea bags
3 large egg yolks
Scant ½ cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 drops red food color
2 tablespoons crushed candy canes (about 6 miniature candy canes)

Yield: 24 mini cups 

Instructions:

Line 24 mini muffin cups with petit four paper cups. In 1-quart saucepan, melt bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate into each paper cup. With back of small measuring spoon, spread chocolate up sides to within 1/8 inch of the top. Chocolate should be warm enough to spread. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until completely set.

Carefully remove paper cups from chocolate cups.

Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water. Heat ¾ cup of the whipping cream and the tea bags in a saucepan just until it begins to boil. Carefully remove tea bags and squeeze excess moisture from them into the pan.

Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt until pale yellow. Add the hot cream-tea mixture to the eggs, a little at a time, to temper, whisking constantly. Pour the custard into the melted chocolate while still over the double boiler and whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat; cool mixture.

Beat 1-1/4 cups of the cream to whipped cream consistency. Whip half the cream into the tea mixture and then fold in the remaining cream.

Spoon or pipe whipped cream mixture into chocolate cups. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with candy.

White Chocolate Pound Cake

Recipe submitted by Lori Peardon,
 Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
4 eggs
2½ cups self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup Bigelow White Chocolate Obsession Tea, brewed and cooled

Instructions:

Grease and flour 9x5x3 inch baking pan.  Combine butter, eggs, sugar and brewed tea.  Add flour and mix thoroughly.

Turn batter into pan and bake for one hour at 325˚F.  Cool 15 minutes before turning cake onto a wire rack.

First image via Adactio via Flickr

Charitable Giving Begins at Home With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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 Is All About National Organic Harvest Month!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

September is National Organic Harvest Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate sustainable agriculture practices and our Mother Earth. At Bigelow Tea we practice sustainabili-TEA as part of our ongoing commitment to living and working in harmony with nature. We’re proud of our Charleston Tea Plantation– home of American Classic Tea – as well as our active support of New Hampshire’s land conservation program. Both represent our commitment to protecting the integrity of the land!

National Organic Harvest Month highlights organic agriculture and the organic products industry. There are over 10,000 Organic Farms in the U.S., each of which meets important standards in the use of organic agricultural methods and materials. At Bigelow Tea we understand organics and are delighted to offer a popular line of Certified Organic Teas, grown by socially-responsible farmers who meet the industry’s natural, earth-friendly standards. We have a wide variety available, so you may want to look at our Organic Teas Gift Box, with six 20-ct boxes!

 

Our sustainability efforts reflect our passion for tea as well as our ecologically-minded business practices. From decreasing waste in production and shipping, to reducing emissions with the power of solar energy, Bigelow Tea is serious about protecting the environment. It’s the right thing to do.

What can you do this month?

  • Start an organic garden. If you live in a city, consider converting your building’s rooftop into a lush garden!
  • Visit a farmers market to find fresh and delicious produce and organic goods!
  • Take organic cooking classes or sign up for tastings and demonstrations led by chefs, authors, and organic gardening experts!

So, as you snack on your organic carrots and sip your Organic Imperial Early Grey tea during National Organic Harvest Month, we hope you’ll take a moment to remember the land and all of the goodness that Mother Earth provides!

Image via ota.com

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Hispanics Who Enrich Our Nation

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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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Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Apple Month

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Apple pie reigns as America’s classic dessert, and here at Bigelow Tea we love the flavor of fresh apples too! With orchards bearing their lovely fruit, now is the perfect time to enjoy the luscious combination of fresh apples, cinnamon and spice. Oh yes, that’s nice! If making homemade crust doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, that’s no reason to miss out on the taste and aroma of freshly baked apples. So, In honor of National Apple Month, we offer these Apple Cider Muffins, made with our Apple Cider Herb Tea, as the perfect alternative to traditional apple pie.  Enjoy!

Apple Cider Muffins

Ingredients:

¾ cup milk
4 Bigelow Apple Cider Herb Tea bags 
1 to 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, grated (1 cup)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla

Yield: Makes 10-12 medium muffins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease muffin cups or use muffin liners.

Combine milk and tea bags in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/low heat until bubbles form around the edge, stirring occasionally. (DO NOT BOIL.) Remove from heat and let cool (15-20 minutes); remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid. Set aside.

Grate apples in food processor with a shredding blade or by hand with a cheese grater. Set aside.

In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Add apples and nuts; mix well. In separate bowl, whisk together oil, sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add tea-infused milk; stir until well blended. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir until moist. Do not overmix. Batter will be loose.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Apple photo by Planetc1 via Flickr

The Perfect Hospitality Basket From Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

 

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!

 

Bigelow Tea Salutes U.S. Troops on Patriot Day

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

As we at Bigelow Tea remember those who lost their lives on September 11, we recognize Patriot Day, a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Started in 2009, Patriot Day is set aside as a time to engage in public service and to remember those who died on 9/11.

As the proclamation signed by President Obama on September 10, 2009 states: “[T]he National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.” At Bigelow Tea, community service is a huge part of who we are, and we hope that many people are inspired to volunteer on this important day.

Patriot Day is also an appropriate time to pay tribute to the brave men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Bigelow Tea is proud of our troops, and we we’re honored to offer them a special tea in appreciation of the sacrifices they make for our country. Three years ago, we developed our Tea for the Troops program, which brings a bit of “home” to our servicemen and women stationed overseas. Specially packaged boxes American Classic Tea are distributed to those in the armed forces, and this serves as our way of giving thanks for the brave work that our U.S. troops perform on behalf of this country. Completely made in the USA, Tea for the Troops is grown and produced in South Carolina at our Charleston Tea Plantation.

So, this Tuesday, September 11, join us in raising a cup of tea full of remembrance for those who perished on this date in 2001 … and also cup full of gratitude for those who sacrifice every day to keep us safe.

Top image by Uhuru1701 via Flickr