Submitted by Ali Greco on behalf of Tetley Tea
The first anniversary is paper, the 50th is gold, and as it reaches its 175th anniversary, Tetley USA, the quintessential British tea brand, is declaring it the “tea” anniversary. To celebrate, the brand will donate supplies of its tea to 175 food banks throughout the country through Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury is among the recipients.
More than 10,000 boxes of Tetley tea will be delivered throughout the month of November to food banks from coast to coast— just in time for onset of cold weather. This will provide more than 500,000 cups of tea for those in need this winter.
Tetley, the tea consumed by the most British households, has a rich history of providing high-quality tea to the US, and the US has made quite a contribution of its own to Tetley’s legacy. The invention of the tea bag actually came about thanks to a New York tea merchant who packaged samples of tea in small silken bags. When consumers mistakenly put the entire bags in their cups, they found that it brewed an excellent cup of tea. Tetley saw the potential and brought the tea bag to market in 1939. The rest is history as the tea bag has become the most popular method for brewing tea in the United States.
“Tetley has been fortunate to have such a long and rich history and we’re proud to give something back to folks who are experiencing hard times,” said Marc Birnbaum, marketing executive at Tetley USA. “We are hopeful that our donation will help bring some comfort and warmth to families across the country.”
The 175th anniversary celebration extends into December as well with the “Brake for Tetley” contest. Consumers are invited to submit a 175-word entry describing how they take a break with Tetley. The grand prize in this contest is a MINI Countryman S car, which shares Tetley’s modern English appeal to the US market. In honor of the “tea” anniversary, 175 runners-up will receive specialty limited-edition Tetley tea mugs.
The “Brake for Tetley” contest runs from Nov. 1 through December 16. Entrants may submit their entries online through the Tetley USA Facebook page. The contest is open to US residents 18 and older.