Bigelow Tea Company

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R.C. Bigelow, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Tea
Founded 1945
Founder(s) Ruth Campbell Bigelow
Headquarters Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Key people

David C. Bigelow, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO

Eunice Bigelow, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO
Cynthia Bigelow, President
Products Teas & herbal teas
Revenue $90 million
Employees 350
Website www.bigelowtea.com
Bigelow's Constant Comment tea

R.C. Bigelow, Inc, better known as the Bigelow Tea Company, is an American tea company based in Fairfield, Connecticut. The company was founded by Ruth C. Bigelow in the late 1940s, based on a recipe she marketed as "Constant Comment" tea. Bigelow is still a 100% family-owned business[1] that markets over 50 varieties of tea, including black and green, as well as herbal teas, all of which are still blended in Fairfield. They also own America's only tea plantation, in Charleston, South Carolina. Although still a privately held company, in 2009 their annual sales were reported to be about $90 million and they have 350 employees.[1]

Constant Comment[edit]

Constant Comment remains today one of Bigelow Inc.'s most popular products. It is a black tea flavored with orange rinds and sweet spices.[2]

In 1945, New York Times food writer Jane Holt wrote about the newly introduced tea, praising it for "economy of use:"

A 1945 article by Clementine Paddleford tells this story about the origin of the name:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hoovers article on R.C. Bigelow, Inc.". Accessed in 2010. It lists David Bigelow and Eunice Bigelow as Co-Chairmen and Co-CEO's, and Cynthia Bigelow as President.
  2. ^ Bigelow Constant Comment tea description
  3. ^ Holt, Jane (1945), "News of Food: New Tea Mixture Appears in the Market; Economy of Use a High Recommendation" The New York Times, May 21, 1945, p. 16
  4. ^ Clementine Paddleford (July 1945). "Food Flashes". Gourmet Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 

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