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Bigelow Tea Employee Embraces The Color Orange

I just love the people I work with-walked into our cafeteria this morning and what did I see? …a very loud orange color outfit enrobing this wonderful person who I work with!  I felt compelled to then place our fantastic Pumpkin Spice tea in front of him and snap a photo-hope it brings a smile to your face, it certainly did mine…..

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Profiles Jay-Z: King of Hip-Hop, New Father, And Tea Lover

When we say “Hip-hop”… do you think tea?  When we say “GQ Man of the Year”… does Earl Grey come to mind? Maybe not, but those connections might just make sense when you are talking about the King of Hip Hop, Jay-Z. Born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn, New York, he’s well-known for his music plus his talented and beautiful bride Beyonce and their new baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. But Jay-Z is so much more!

One of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time with 10 Grammy Awards under his belt to date, Jay-Z has eleven number one records, owns his own urban clothing line and has even been proclaimed “King of America” by Rolling Stone magazine!  But what we at Bigelow Tea admire most about this all around talented guy is that he really gives back to the community.  He is the founder of the Shawn Carter Foundation which has given out more than one million dollars in education scholarships since 2003.  Community involvement is a priority of ours at Bigelow Tea, and Jay-Z exemplifies it to a “tea.”

And what else?  You guessed it, Jay-Z loves his tea!  When talking about his recent award as GQ Man of the Year, it was noted that “by the time we get around to [talking about] real life, Jay is ordering mint tea and leaving a dessert sampler untouched.”  A pass on dessert, but an order of tea – this man is our new favorite!

Jay-Z is as successful as it gets in the hip-hop world and his many other business ventures, but he still remains intrigued with accomplishing more.  “There’s something else to shoot for,” he says.  “There’s always an extra level you don’t know about.”  And, we can’t help but note, there’s always more tea to drink!

Image via Fanpop.com

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Employee Spirit Abounds At Bigelow Tea

We don’t like to brag, but we happen to think that Bigelow Tea has the best group of employees around! And because March is officially Employee Spirit Month, we think it’s the ideal time to again recognize our crew and share a much-deserved pat on the back!

Employee Spirit Month is designed to celebrate the unity of employees, and we have so much to celebrate! Not only do our Bigelow Tea employees complete their jobs with aplomb, but they go above and beyond the call of duty in so many ways. From community involvement to sustainability initiatives, our Bigelow Tea workers are truly top-notch. Last year they even made a hugely popular video about working at our company. We couldn’t be prouder!

You probably know that there is a special page on our website where we share employee stories, and we hope you’ll check it out. Take a look and meet an employee who takes a scooter to his train station to help keep the environment clean, and a couple of team members who took initiative at the plant – and insulated a drafty door. Then there is all that fantastic Bigelow Tea that our team produces every day, let’s not forget that!

Bigelow Tea says thank you to its talented team and hopes that all of you wonderful tea-drinkers out there have tons of employee spirit at your place of business too!

 

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Bigelow Tea Takes A Peek At UV Protection For Your Eyes

Have you got a great pair of shades? No longer just fashion accessories, sunglasses are a must to shield our eyes from damaging UV rays. Bigelow Tea thinks that Save Your Vision Week is the perfect opportunity to take stock of your eyewear and make sure it’s providing proper protection.  It’s easy to forget that our eyes are as vulnerable to the sun as skin. When you’re slathering on sunscreen, grab your shades, too!

Since UV rays are present year-round, it’s important to wear sunglasses whenever you go out, even in winter and on cloudy days. Cumulative exposure year after year can be extremely damaging to eyes. According to a congressional report from Prevent Blindness America, more than 30 million Americans suffer from eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, both of which have been linked to prolonged exposure to UV radiation. Children need extra protection because the lenses on their eyes are less able to filter UV rays.

Luckily, there are plenty of excellent sunglasses to choose from for you and your kids. What a bonus too, that sunglasses come in so many chic styles! And remember that price isn’t always a good guide; both super-cheap and expensive frames can leave you unprotected. Steer clear of designer knock-offs sold by street vendors. Instead, read labels carefully to select sunglasses that absorb 99 percent to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Check out this link for other helpful tips for choosing the right pair.

Your vision also benefits from healthy habits – like drinking green tea! Research suggests that EGCG, a potent antioxidant in green tea, may help prevent cataracts. So go ahead and treat yourself to a cool new pair of sunglassesand a soothing cup of green tea. You’ll be lookin’ good!

Photo by the izzie_whizzie via Flickr.com

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Rachael Ray Thinks Bigelow Green Tea Is A Winner!

Rachael Ray is at it again! From time-to-time Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine extols the benefits of tea and chooses some of the best ones around. Well Bigelow Tea just learned that in the April 2012 magazine issue, our Green Tea is named “Best Original” green tea!

Here’s a little preview of what the magazine has to say about Bigelow Green Tea:

The only tea to score a perfect 10 from any of our tasters, this fragrant brew is
full-bodied, with an earthy, smooth flavor. One bag creates a refreshing,
energizing morning cup that needs no sweetener.

We think Rachael’s team hit the proverbial nail on the head! Besides being that “refreshing, energizing morning cup,” Bigelow Green Tea also has numerous reported health benefits … and it does taste great too. And we have so many different varieties, that every tea drinker is bound to find his or her favorite. We hope you’ll give us a perfect 10 score too!

Of course this isn’t our first accolade from Ms. Ray and company, last year we were thrilled to find out that our very own Plantation Mint Tea was named BEST in the “black tea with HERB” category.

We’re always pleased to be on the list of Rachael’s “Model Green Teas” – but what we really hope now is that you’ll be sipping a nice hot cup of Green Bigelow Green Tea while you take a few minutes read the April issue!

Image via Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine, April 2012

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Governor Dan Malloy Visits Bigelow Tea

What a wonderful treat….Governor Dan Malloy came out to visit Bigelow Tea!  We had invited him to our facility a few weeks ago while he was speaking at the train station opening next door.  He graciously agreed and stopped by for over an hour to meet all of the employees, tour the facility and get to know more about our family and our tea company.

Both Governor Malloy and his wife are tea fans (she drinks “Constant Comment”), which we were excited to hear about.

The Governor could not have been kinder to all of our employees who quickly lined up to shake his hand and take a photo or two!  It was really important for him to take the time to learn more about our organization and some of our issues as a manufacturer in Connecticut. Gov. Malloy quickly understood we love this state and are very committed to being here.

It was a great visit and he left with a lovely bag of Bigelow Tea which he will be able to share with his staff back up in Hartford!

Cindi Bigelow

 

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Go Green With Bigelow Tea’s March Sweepstakes!

Get ready to go green with our March sweepstakes starting today and running through the end of the month! That’s right, 25 lucky winners will receive a taste of the green with one Green Tea Variety Gift Box, featuring a delicious assortment of Bigelow green teas.

If you’re new to the pleasures of Bigelow Tea green tea, this is a great opportunity to try its distinctive delicate flavor, blended with your other favorite Bigelow Tea flavors. We think you’ll also appreciate the many reported health benefits of drinking green tea. Remember when brewing: take the kettle off just before the water begins to boil. That’s Cindi Bigelow’s tip for preserving all the flavor of those delicate green tea leaves!

Each Green Tea Variety Gift Box contains 8 each of the following teas (64 tea bags in all, total value $13.95):

  • Bigelow Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea Decaffeinated
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mint
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Peach
  • Bigelow Constant Comment Green Tea
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Lemon
  • Bigelow Green Tea With Mango
  • Bigelow Earl Grey Green Tea

To enter, simply “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) then click the Green Tea sweepstakes tab under our profile picture and enter your name. The sweepstakes ends at midnight on March 31st. The 25 winners will be chosen by random drawing on April 1st!

Enter today, and enjoy going green with Bigelow Tea – anytime!

 

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National Women’s History Month Celebrating Our Past And Paving Our Way For The Future

This month the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) invites us to look back to American Pioneer Mary Lyon, who advised young women to “Go where no one else will go, do what no one else will do.”  Mary’s ideas were courageous and daring for her times – and her model for women lead to many accomplishments for generations of women. The NWHP’s theme for 2012’s National Women’s History Month is “Women’s Empowerment – Women’s Education.”

Mary Lyon’s words embody the theme promoted by the NWHP, and highlights the actions of their honorees for this year’s National Women’s History Month, an impressive array of positive women role models. These inspiring women from history still make a positive impact in today’s world.

At Bigelow Tea we don’t need to look far to be touched by the leadership and spirit of pioneering women.  Of course it was Ruth C. Bigelow who founded R.C. Bigelow in her own kitchen by flavoring her black tea with orange peel and spices, creating the now legendary Constant Comment.  Willing to go forward where few women went in the 1940’s, Ruth was daring and ventured out to sell her tea. Her dedication to a quality product transformed the business, and today Constant Comment is still America’s No. 1 Specialty Tea. Thanks for your pioneering spirit Ruth, and to all the women at Bigelow Tea who continue to drive it today!

As we celebrate National Women’s History Month, take a moment to ponder all the women who came before us, who by example and with fortitude made it easier for us to survey the broad swath of choices that are available now.  As you sit in your kitchen before beginning your day, savoring your cup of Constant Comment, dare to think where you might go next!

 

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Cindi Bigelow Joins Impressive Panel at Westfair Communications Event

 

I spoke at the Collegeof New Rochelle where I was invited to be part of a panel put on by the Westfair Communications.

This was the third year they had a one hour panel discussions with professional women from Fairfield and Westchester Counties.  Almost 300 women attended and the panel, in which I was a part of, could not have been more impressive (that does not mean I am including myself in the impressive part).  Questions were raised about what young women need today to increase their chance of success in the work place, how do we balance family and business, how to deal with being assertive versus “too aggressive”-you name it, we were asked the questions.

And it was so much fun.  I absolutely loved the answers that the other panelist shared with the room.  We were even asked questions that had us asking ourselves questions we had never thought of before, so we had to really dig down deep to think about “why”-very thought provoking.

It was a great hour, fast paced and extremely rewarding for me.  Glad they asked me to be a part of it!

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Studies Fact And Fiction In Tea Health Research

Our research file on tea and health benefits just keeps growing. Of course at Bigelow Tea we pay close attention to research and studies on our favorite brew, and we’re eager to pass on the latest news. But making sense of all this tea data – and separating fact from fiction – can be challenging. So what is the bottom line on tea’s health profile?

As this excellent Health.com article points out, the antioxidants in tea do have disease-fighting properties, but we know that it’s important to keep the reports in perspective. That said, here’s a status report from Health.com summarizing the most promising perks attributed to tea:

  • Cancer Prevention – One review of 51 green tea studies found that sipping three to five cups a day may lower the risks of ovarian, colorectal, lung and prostate cancers.
  • Brain Benefits – Downing one to four cups of black or green tea a day has been linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.
  • Heart Health – A Japanese study found that adults who drank five or more cups of green tea per day had a 26 percent reduction in death from heart attack or stroke compared with those who had one cup or less.

And it’s not just Green Tea. Tea’s nutritional benefits go beyond the green, and people are taking notice. “The science is certainly promising,” says David L. Katz, MD, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, in the article.  But the challenge is to see through the hype and look beyond the “…promises which the science can’t yet deliver” Dr. Katz added.  And as the research continues, we can say with certainty that Bigelow Tea is a soothing and delicious addition to your day, as well as your healthy lifestyle, so enjoy!

 

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