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It’s Hot. Win Iced Tea.

Congratulations to Stephanie and thank you everyone who entertained us with your stories of how hot it is where you are. Stay cool everyone! Yep, it’s late July and hot as heck just about everywhere. Doesn’t it sound perfect to cool down with some ice-cold tea? We know! That’s why we’ve just introduced our new line of 365 Everyday Value Organic ready-to-drink teas. Now these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill ordinary bottled teas. These new teas are organic and Whole Trade®, which ensures the ingredients are grown with a commitment to ethical trade, the environment and quality products. And 1% of the sale of Whole Trade products benefits the Whole Planet Foundation™. That’s doing good twice (three times if you count the good it does you to drink great tea!). A majority of our tea leaves are grown in China and India — both known for their superior quality in tea leaf production — and our teas are bottled in the USA using 45% post consumer recycled plastic. We’ve created four flavored and lightly sweetened 16-ounce bottled teas and two unsweetened 64-ounce value options. Here’s the rundown: In 16-ounce bottles:
  • Organic Mint Green Tea
  • Organic Lemon Black Tea
  • Organic Peach Oolong Tea
  • Organic Mango Acai White Tea
In 64-ounce containers:
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Organic Black Tea
We encourage everyone to give these great teas a try, and we’re going to jump start some supercharged cooling by choosing one reader to win a case of these delightful teas. Tell us why it’s sooooo hot where you are and why you think you should win the case of tea. We’re going to choose one winner at random but hey, make your story good ‘cause we want to sit back with a fun read and an ice-cold glass of tea. Enter your comment by August 4th.

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Amy says …

It is soooo hot here in Kentucky this summer. It's always hot here in the summer, but not for week upon week upon sweltering week. My tomatoes like it, as do the mosquitos, but I'm spending WAY too much time indoors in the AC. A case of 365 tea might get me back out on my porch (at least in the evening with a citronella candle).

danielle says …

This entire summer seems like a heat wave here in Chicago--of course, it doesn't help that the air conditioning in one of our cars has a leak that the mechanic can't seem to find!!:)

marvelle welsh says …

When it's hot, like it's been in Baltimore for the past 30 some days, a glass of iced tea is delightlful. It is cooling, refreshing and relaxing all at once. One cannot do without it on these very hot summer days. It makes your whole body smile.

J Misuraca says …

Tea...is life.

sydney says …

I live in Miami, fl and it is in the high 90's most of the day. It is pretty much always hot in miami. I would like to drink iced tea to get through the hot days in miami.

Pam Ladd says …

I looooove Whole Foods market! I take my kids there for a fun activity so we can look at the beautiful, healthy food and enjoy the excellent customer service. I love the ice tea too! Me and my two sons can't afford an official "vaca" so we can sit back in our sunglasses and enjoy a refreshing cold glass of Whole Foods Market 365 tea on the porch. Its not always where you go- its how you feel.

Gina says …

It's so hot here in California, I'd put on the air conditioner, but it broke last week! I could surely use some refreshing tea!

Sarah G says …

We're dying of record breaking temperatures here in DC - it was 105 over the weekend! And, the heat further fuels my supreme love of iced green tea. But, sadly, with a toddler constantly underfoot and chores piling up around me, I don't have much time to make my own. So, I would be forever grateful if I won a case - and, would probably end up being one of your most faithful ice tea customers. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

Katie says …

It's miserably hot and humid here in Arkansas! Nothing like cooling off in the south with a nice glass of iced tea!

Lynne says …

Here in Chicago, this summer's been hotter than we've had in years! Add to that our famous (infamous?) Chicago humidity, and, well, you can see why a gal like me needs some cold iced tea! I suffer from seasonal allergies and kidney disease, so staying cool, comfortable and hydrated is a MUST!

Amy says …

It's been a hot humid summer here in Boston. My husband and I switched over from coffee to tea over the winter and now with summer we are totally into iced tea. I would love to try your iced teas and see how it tastes!

Christine says …

It's 90 and humid almost daily in Jax, FL, and when I want some *good* cold tea, I boil water stove top, then steep organic green tea, then cool in fridge or freezer...what a wait! And then it's gone so quick! Would be sooo good to come in from the heat with something cool and refreshing that's actually good for you (that's NOT water!).

Ariel says …

It's soooooo hot in Chicago because we've had yucky summers the last couple of years. I think it's mother nature's way of evening things out and reminding us that we need to be kinder to her. I'm really excited to sit back and drink these unsweetened teas on my porch and revel in the heat. With a tea in hand, it's not too hot.

Heather McDonough says …

Virginia has been over 100 degrees for weeks. We broke the record at 105 a few days ago. With the heat and the humidity, I could sure use some refreshing teas to cool me off!

L. Michelle says …

I live in Austin, Texas. I often say that evidently Austin sits in the armpit of hell. That's why it's so hot here. SO..to combat the heats of hell...I truly need these thirst quenching teas :)

denise says …

it's so hot in here because i'm surrounded by technology that throws off too much heat!

Heather says …

It is HOT in Virginia. We're holding all the heat in Richmond that the mountains don't get so it is hot, humid and downright unbearable. I need ice tea to keep cool on those hot summer days! Fortunately, we've moved down to the 90's this week, it feels like spring :)

SDJ says …

Hot, hot, hot in the city that never sleeps. I have to say, I drink iced tea all year round. Hot, cold, warm or rainy, I loooooove iced tea!!!

Linda says …

I am sanding and painting woodwork, removing wallpaper and sanding a few floors. I am hot and ready for a cool drink that is good and, pretty corny, good for me. No HFCs, just healthy teas.

Michelle says …

New Jersey is scorching hot, more so this year than last even. With temps breaking 100 degrees many days, a lack of rain, and every single day having air quality alerts that make breathing painful upon opening the door, I need a case (or two!) of iced tea to chill and relax. Not to mention, my 2 year old is a tea fanatic!

GeorgAnn Bjorkedal says …

Moved to SC from Washington State didn't know it could be so hot.

Sandra says …

I'd like to celebrate with some refreshing iced tea that good ole Mr Sun finally made it through today after a week of overcast skies here on the Central Coast of California. It's almost 68 today! Woohoo!

Mary says …

After a very cool, sometimes cold, June, we now have had some record-breaking hot days here in Oregon. On those days, iced tea is the best thing there is to drink!

Kristy Sytsma says …

If you have ever been to Fresno during the summer, I really don't need to go on but will. With most summer days in the high 90's and many days in the triple digits a nice refreshing glass of ice cold tea while relaxing in the pool can be life saving. Plus, if I was to win this contest I would love to have an adult tea party and invite my sisters and friends for tea, cucumber sandwiches, and crumpets to celebrate!

Grace Lee says …

It's so hot in NYC right now that frequent every ACed place around Union Square. I spend a lot of time in Whole Foods just browsing all the new foods brought to the shelves. I absolutely love ice tea and I drink it just about every single day in the summertime. I like that the teas are both organic and unsweetened!

Naomi Bigelow says …

I live in a great big Mitten; it's surrounded by water on three sides, so when the temperature goes up, so does the humidity. Therefore: I'm really way too warm--in fact poaching right here--at my computer, and I'm terribly, very, and extremely thirsty. A case of your wonderful tea would be classified as Emergency First Aid at this moment. "*" ** (those are beads of perspiration that fell onto my virtual paper).

kathrine a hammen says …

ITS SUMMERTIME ...OF COURSE I NEED REFRESHINGLY TASTEY TEA TOO KEEP ME KOOL..SEND ME SOME ..IM YOUR WINNER!!!!!

Elea McLaughlin says …

I live in Gulfport, Florida -- right on the beach! But it is sooo HOT here, us locals hardly enjoy stepping outside. In fact, during mid-summer, I used to generally just walk from one air conditioned place to another. But that's just not an option any more, and I'd love to cool off in the Florida heat with a refreshing bottle of tea :D

Sonja says …

Being in the south region gulf coast area, ewe have been constantly under a heat advisory. During the day and after work there is nothing more fitting than to drink a smooth refreshing serving of iced tea!

Mel Peffers says …

Hot? There should be a new word to describe the record heat we've had in NYC. They say it's worse here in the city due to the heat island effect. Island? That makes it seem pleasurably tropical. Now if I had a case of refreshing 365 Whole Foods tea, I could kick back on my roof, feet in a kiddie pool of water and imagine I was off on some relaxing island vacation. Until then, I'm just sweaty and sticky. So send tea and make me island happy again.

Pai says …

what can i say, i'd just love some free tea.

Pat says …

Hot,Humid,sticky Michigan!!! I love to serve mail customers on my route but seriously melt in the process. Cold, healthy, fair trade ice tea puts a huge smile on this working girls face. My mail truck has no a/c and is referred to as the Convection Oven. Love my ice tea to rehydrate and refresh me!!!

Valerie says …

It is very hot here in Hotlanta, humid too. Sitting in traffic in the heat feels like you are the sun tea, steeping slowly in the hot summer sun, instead of drinking some yummy healthy organic tea.

tammy l says …

Yummy!! Would love to win this!

Harriet says …

Coolness and anti-oxidant healthy bliss! Iced teas are a great remedy for one of the hottest summers in the Midwest's recent years. And they go great with strawberry poppyseed, or fresh sustainable tuna green salads!

Jessica says …

In Dallas, TX it's HOT. Temperatures above 90 and no end in sight. Instead of relaxing in the pool or hanging with friends by the lake, I'm stuck working all day, every day. I need tea to cool me down and get me through the summer!

Laura says …

It is so HOT here in New Orleans that when I walk my dog daily I have to wait until night time or my dog "big pit/boxer" or myself will pass out. Seriously, I walked my dog one over cast day thinking it would be okay, and every time we came to even the skinniest bit of shade my dog would lay down and not move. Talk about feeling like a bad parent, I would of carried her home if only she didn't weigh almost as much as an adult. We now only walk at night and still come home dripping as if we just took a shower. My fiance had the nerve to ask me one night, Is it raining outside? when we came home. Oh, shut the front door! lol We both drink water the whole time we walk, my dog and I, but a nice cold glass of Crisp Organic Tea would be a great treat. Thank you for the chance to win and for making a healthy product. Laura

Jessica says …

Whoops typed the wrong e-mail. Fail. Do over. In Dallas, TX it’s HOT. Temperatures above 90 and no end in sight. Instead of relaxing in the pool or hanging with friends by the lake, I’m stuck working all day, every day. I need tea to cool me down and get me through the summer!

Enid says …

Hot green tea is great in the winter. It is so hot here that I am dripping wet after picking my cherry tomatoes. Cool iced tea would taste wonderful.

Ashley says …

Good grief! I'm in Michigan, I'd love to go for a swim or SOMETHING but unfortunately I'm 9 months pregnant and on strict bed rest. Someone please... deliver something cold to my door!!!

Elena says …

It is so hot here that even my frosty cold glass of iced tea starts to sweat after 20 seconds outside. If I had a whole case of tea, then at least I wouldn't start to sweat after 20 seconds outside! :-)

Sharon says …

I don't remember a summer so hot in Boston as it is this year. 80 degress is the norm for summer temps but not the days and days of 90 degrees plus humidity. I've lived in Hotlanta and I don't think it ever felt this hot. Tea is a great alternative to lemonade...I think I can taste it now.

Natalie G. says …

It gets hot walking to and from the bus stop ony commute to work so I need some ice tea to cool down.

jerome zagorski says …

yes it is hot here in sc I offen drink green tea I do shop in your store in greenville and live in spartanburg temps this year are in the high 90s iced tea has some very good flavors to cool you off

Grace says …

it's a heat wave! gimme some iced tea!

Laura says …

It's so hot in NYC I'm afraid the tourists might melt!

sogogo says …

the mint green is the best!

Cheryl says …

I believe it is so hot here in Atlanta (106 degrees) because my ex-husband decided to move back! He is the devil re-incarnate,lol Please send a case of your delicious tea to keep me cool and keep me from moving back to California. xoxoxox

buzz daly says …

Las Vegas summers are usually pretty hot, but this year it's been like the inside of a pizza over. Yeah, I know, dry heat. But hangin' by the pool, or playing softball, my throat is parched. Now, I'm not complaining 'cause I love the sun. But locals and visitors alike are made aware of the importance of staying hydrated. Best way to do that is with iced tea. I could keep the 16 ouncers chilled and easily chug one of them when I felt a little weak or thirsty. But if i win the contest, I would just keep the 64 ounce containers in the frig, and drink up whenever I felt like it.

Sandy Wilner says …

Chicago can guarantee 1 thing. Weather. Bad weather, mediocre weather and acceptable weather, but never what you're hoping to get. As I sit in construction traffic, another Chicago given, in 90 plus degeree heat with high humidity, I sure can use a mint green tea!!

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