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Bigelow Tea Is Committed To The Environment

Monday, May 7th, 2012

At Bigelow Tea, we are always committed to doing the right thing in all areas whether it is with creating the perfect teas or doing our part for the environment. We recently had our first pick-up of used cooking oil that was from our Fairfield. CT company cafeteria.  The oil is sent to a processing facility in Waterbury, CT where it is converted to biodiesel fuel. It was an exciting day for us at Bigelow as we watched the oil being recovered and carted off for reuse.

This is just one more step in our on-going sustainability efforts. Whether it is installing solar panels, instituting compost policy, working towards becoming a “Zero Waste to Landfill” Plant, recycling our overwrap, reducing our shrink wrap and undertaking countless other energy efficiency initiatives, we are always on the lookout for new ways to help protect Planet Earth.

Jim Gildea
Connecticut Plant Manager
Bigleow Tea

 

Bigelow Tea Wins Best Decorated For 2nd Year In A Row At The Kentucky Derby Festival

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Kentucky Derby Festival is a two week event in Louisville, KY that promotes all things Derby (Bigelow Tea has a manufacturing facility in Louisville). The festival started with the biggest Fireworks show in North America, “Thunder Over Louisville,”  then many other events followed suit ranging from The Great Bed Race, Great Steamboat Race, Pegasus Parade, Festiville (Chow Wagon) with lots of food and music, golf scrambles and many other things leading up to race day and the Kentucky Derby.

While most of the events are more community involvement related there are some that raise money for charities. With the bed race there was an award called the “People’s Choice Award” where the people could vote for $1 on the bed they liked best and profits went to the winning bed’s favorite charity.


The theme of this year’s race was bedtime stories.  We decided to have a momma teapot reading to her baby teacups and named our story “Sweet Dreams.”  Our bed won Best Decorated for the 2nd year and we were all thrilled. The event started at 11:30 am where all participants’ beds were to be viewed in the front of the KFC YUM Center. There was quite a crowd and we gave out lots of tea samples as everyone walked around and checked out the beds. The crowd was very impressed with all of our hard work. Around 5:30 pm the beds were taken into the YUM Center and the parade of beds began (this is where all participants parade on the floor of the YUM Center to show off their decorations). Right after this was completed we rushed to get all the decorations off of the bed in order to get prepared for the race which began at 7:00 pm with live coverage on WAVE 3.

Lots of hard work but a great time was had by all!

Kathy Van Sant
Bigelow Tea, Louisville KY

Freddie Mercury Rocks On For Bigelow Tea!

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Rock stars are usually larger than life by definition, but there are a select few that fall into the category of legendary. Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen achieved that status. As the front-man and lead vocalist for Queen, Freddie’s powerful and versatile style propelled them through the 70’s and early 80’s, the Glam Rock phase of music history. It was no surprise to us at Bigelow Tea that the legend, like so many, also loved his tea.

Freddie was born in Zanzibar, off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, a country well known for their spices and adoration of spiced tea. His early beginnings at an English boarding school also contributed to his zest for tea. But there are also reports of his mom brewing the elixir for him, perhaps documented in the lyrics “Funny how love is coming home in time for tea … Funny how love is when you gotta hurry, ‘cause you’re late for tea,” which he wrote in the song Funny How Love Is.  Freddie was noted for his favorite flavor being jasmine tea. We at Bigelow Tea imagine him running home for a cup after school in his younger days!

In another song he wrote, The Miracle, Freddie speaks of man-made and natural-made miracles, with the biggest miracle we are all waiting for: peace on earth and an end to war. But in the middle of the song, and contrary to Freddie’s flamboyant stage presence, he lists as a miracle “Sunday mornings with a cup of tea.” We couldn’t agree more. Here’s a toast and a raised cup to singer, writer and tea-lover Freddie Mercury. Here’s wishing for peace on Earth, and Sunday mornings with a cup of tea.

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Celebrating The Kentucky Derby With Bigelow Tea

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Wearing beautiful hats, socializing with friends, sipping iced tea … it’s all so civilized! So it’s no wonder that we at Bigelow Tea are quite fond of the pomp, pageantry and celebration that surrounds the Kentucky Derby!

Back in 2007, when Queen Elizabeth II visited the Kentucky Derby for the first time, we wondered whether she might enjoy her favorite tea, Earl Grey, during the race. While we’re not sure if she did, a traditional tea like Earl Grey would have been an ideal choice for such a tradition-filled event. The Kentucky Derby’s official website talks about tradition:

Over its 137-year history, the Kentucky Derby known as America’s Race™ has amassed dozens of traditions that Churchill Downs’ employees, horsemen and millions of Derby fans worldwide hold dear.

From the iconic Twin Spires that overlook the track….to the potent mint juleps that infuse Derby Day with “spirit,” traditions are an important part of the Derby experience (!)

We have to say it – like Bigelow Tea, the Derby is steeped in tradition! And while many people are sipping Mint Juleps at Churchill Downs, iced tea is also a very popular beverage on race day. Fittingly, one horse in the 2012 race is named “I’ll Have Another.” His owner says the name came from his love of chocolate chip cookies, but we think it applies perfectly to our sentiments about tea!

So, whether you’re attending a neighborhood Kentucky Derby party, watching at home with your family, or actually heading out to Churchill Downs, we hope you’ll find time tomorrow, May 5th, to sip some tea! Whether iced or hot, we think tea is the perfect beverage to drink during the annual run for the roses! Enjoy!

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Bigelow Tea Recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

If you have children currently in school or have fond memories of your own schooldays, you know that teachers rarely get enough recognition for all the work they do. It’s a tough job, and Bigelow Tea is happy to help spread the word about Teacher Appreciation Week!

From May 7 through May 11, students, parents and administrators across the country will remind their teachers how much they really do appreciate their hard work and dedication. Saying “thanks” is a simple gesture, whether it’s done orally, in a note, with a flower from the garden or in the form of artwork from your child!

Of course, some schools also host Teacher Appreciation events, and we think they’re even better when a little tea is served! How about a morning treat made up of fruit and whole wheat bagels in the teacher’s lounge, alongside a pot of Jasmine Green Tea? It’s a healthy way to start the day and the gentle scent of Jasmine is sure to please the teachers!

If you recall the days of bringing in an apple for your teacher, you might consider sending your child into school with a box of Apple Cider Herbal Tea wrapped with a nice bow! It’s the thought that counts, and this is certainly a thoughtful token of appreciation that a teacher will love.

Thank you, teachers, for all you do! You have one of the most important jobs in the world, and in our hearts at Bigelow Tea, every week should be Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Spring With The 6th Annual First Flush Festival!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It’s time to mark those calendars for Bigelow Tea’s 6th annual First Flush FesTEAval, coming Sunday, May 20th! This TEA-rrific event celebrates the season’s first tea harvest and takes place at Bigelow Tea’s own Charleston Tea Garden, the largest working tea farm in the continental United States. Each year the festival draws thousands of people to picturesque Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina’s low country, with fantastic local music, art and cuisine – and plenty of the tea garden’s signature American Classic iced tea for all!

This special rite of spring isn’t just for tea lovers. In fact, the festival was recently recognized as one of the 2012 top 100 events in North America! It offers fun for the whole family in a truly unique setting. The backdrop for the festivities is 127 acres of beautiful tea plants. “First flush” tea is defined as the first growth of new leaves in the spring, after winter’s rest. The leaves are harvested to produce what avid tea drinkers deem to be the most unique, fresh and amazing cup of tea. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Details of this year’s musical lineup are still being worked out, but last year we were fortunate to have Grace Potter & the Nocturnals headline the event. Count on more great music this year! We’re also proud to continue our green mission at the festival with the use of biodegradable corn cups to serve iced tea to attendees. These eco-friendly cups, made from the renewable resource of corn, completely compost in 45 to 60 days. It’s all part of Bigelow Tea’s company-wide commitment to sustainabili-TEA!

So stay tuned for more First Flush FesTEAval details, and in the meantime we look forward to celebrating spring – and tea – with you on May 20th!

 

Let Bigelow Tea Help Make Mother’s Day Special…Yes You Still Have Time!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Mother’s Day comes just once a year, and Bigelow Tea encourages all “children” to take this opportunity to shower our mothers (and grandmothers and aunts!) with love and attention. We know what most moms will tell you: big presents are not what this day is all about. It’s about being thoughtful to mom and taking time to show that you appreciate everything she has done for you!

If tea is one of her passions, you can make mom feel special on Mother’s Day, and you know that we have tons of suggestions! Like starting her day with some super-healthy Green Tea served in a new mug…then later perhaps offer her a small gift of her favorite teas wrapped in some pretty paper or arranged in a basket. And as the day winds down, give her a chance to read or relax while enjoying a cup of Sweet Dreams herb tea, served in her favorite china teacup. Doesn’t that sound like a warm and wonderful day?

However you choose to honor mom on Sunday, we hope that tea can be a part of it. Sitting together as a family and sharing stories over a cup of tea … that truly is a mother’s dream come true! So we think a gift from Bigelow Tea on Mother’s Day would be a wonderful gesture. After all, tea has many health benefits that Mom will appreciate and is best when shared with her nearest and dearest, including you! May we suggest:

 Lavender Filagree Metal Cup and Saucer with Tea

Reminiscent of a Parisian flower shop, the lavender painted filigree cup & saucer comes filled with 56 Bigelow tea bags in a variety of 7 black, green and herb teas that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day.  Great for a favorite plant afterwards!

Price: $19.95

Bonjour Basket

Get every day off to a good start with this cheery basket of 96 Bigelow Green Tea bags in an assortment of 12 refreshing flavors.  Topped off with a flower, the twisted split wood tray also includes two 11oz. Bonjour Mugs.  Mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Price: $39.95

  Pink Filagree Metal Cup and Saucer with Tea

Reminiscent of a Parisian flower shop, the pink painted filigree cup & saucer comes filled with 56 Bigelow tea bags in a variety of 7 black, green and herb teas that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day.  Great for a favorite plant afterwards!

Price: $19.95

Image (top) via Motherhood4Real

Bees And Bigelow Tea, Nature’s Perfect Blend

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Beekeeping has been around for thousands of years and is believed to be one of man’s earliest forms of food production.  Imagine the notion of sustainability back in ancient Egypt, some 15,000 years ago! Fast forward to present day beekeepers raising honey bees (the only insect which produces food for humans) that are responsible for pollinating over 80% of the U.S. fruits and vegetable seed crops.  Yes, beekeepers along with their silent honeybee partners are helping provide food today and for future generations! This is sustainabili-TEA at its best, and it’s something Bigelow Tea supports wholeheartedly.

With our common values, it’s no wonder that beekeepers are exceptional tea-lovers! Honey is the beekeepers passion and it’s the perfect addition to the tea we are passionate about. Cultivated honey comes in all sorts of varieties, like alfalfa, buckwheat, clover, and tupelo, to name a few of these natural sweeteners. We’re sure that beekeepers love to mix and match their varying bits of honey with the many different flavors of Bigelow Tea!

 Honey is known to have health benefits, plus it has no artificial preservatives or additives … and it sweetens while being a good source of carbohydrates. What’s not to love? If beekeepers are the definitive sustainabile providers, then honey is the sweetest model of natural sustainability.

Bigelow Tea and honey makes the perfect partnership, and this ideal blend can bee even further enhanced by using our fun honey spoons. Tea and honey together; it’s a flavor blast to sweeten future generations!

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Bigelow Tea Thinks A Hike Or Walk Makes Every Day A Little Better!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

With the arrival of warm weather weekends, it’s a great time to lace up your shoes and take a hike! As you know, Bigelow Tea takes healthful eating and healthy lifestyles very seriously, so we’re happy to talk about some of the benefits of hiking.

Henry David Thoreau aptly said, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” We couldn’t agree more! Walking and hiking provides many benefits, both physically and mentally. It gets the blood pumping, strengthens your muscles, burns calories, clears the head and even helps thoughts flow more freely. Wow!  Another thing we like about hiking is that it doesn’t require much more than a good pair of walking shoes.   It has even been shown to provide a better quality of sleep … and who couldn’t use better sleep?!

We blogged in November about the benefits of a brisk walk or climb for National Take a Hike Day. Well, why wait? Even if you can’t get to a mountain, a hike through your town or local park—and even through more urban areas—will be beneficial!

You know that Bigelow Tea is passionate about exercising and enjoying food and beverages rich with nutrients and antioxidants. Our green tea and black tea both have been shown to have many healthy properties, and sipping herbal tea is just plain relaxing! So how about capping off your hike with a nice cup of your favorite tea? For antioxidants and a refreshing taste, Wild Blueberry And Acai Green Tea is a fantastic choice!

Finally, we leave you with this wonderful quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body … I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.”

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I Want To Tell You About Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea…..

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Cindi Bigelow and Bill met at the Natural Foods East conference in Baltimore, MD last Fall. At that time, Bill praised Bigelow’s Earl Grey tea so much that Cindi asked if he could send along his story to share with our other passionate tea drinkers.  Below is Bill’s story.

“I wanted to tell you how much I love Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea. I have to admit that I go out of my way to drink only your brand of Earl Grey as I have tried various brands of Earl Grey. Bigelow has the perfect blend of tea and bergamot oil. I rarely travel without it. As I stay in various hotels and dine at different restaurants, I always ask if they serve Bigelow’s Earl Grey Tea. When I find out that they do not, I must ask for hot water and pull out one of my Bigelow tea bags. This picture is of my Bigelow Earl Grey tea bag at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

This past winter, we took our kids on a 8 day Caribbean Disney cruise. During our first breakfast, our drink waiter brought out an assortment of teas. He did not have Bigelow Earl Grey but he went on a search for some. He did come back with a non Bigelow tea bag. I politely refused and pulled out one of my Bigelow Earl Grey tea bags. He watched as I pulled it out of the package and dipped the tea bag into the hot water. I then gave him the wrapper to smell. You would have thought I gave him gold the way his eyes became big. He was so impressed with the smell that he took it around the dining room and offered other waiters to smell the wrapper. I was so amused by this that I went back to my stateroom and gave him an unopened Bigelow Earl Grey tea bag. You would have thought that I gave him a crisp $100 bill. He was so grateful.

I do not start any day without Bigelow Earl Grey tea and I wanted to thank you for allowing me to start every morning refreshed!”

Have a great day!

Bill from Maryland