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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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Joyce says …

Living in South Louisiana...we are born "sweet tea" drinkers. I normally make it myself so that I can "regulate" the sweetness so we don't rot our teeth out. We love our Whole Foods store here in Baton Rouge. Infact,I was just there today picking up all the "oh so good for ya" items that we were out of. We'd sure love to try out your new line of "365 tea's" and check to see if they are as good as mine is!!!

Drae says …

Hot and humid here in Michigan. I don't think I'm THAT old (just hit the big 3-0), but I've found myself saying "we haven't had a summer this hot since the mid 90's". Oh dear. My grandpa says things like that. I think I need a case of that tea to keep my brain young!

Ashley Reinhart says …

We have had two heat waves here in DC, and I have been working to coordinate pre kindergarten - high school summer camps (sometimes outside!) throughout this whole summer. We make sure all the kids stay hydrated, but sometimes it's easy to forget to keep yourself hydrated as well! I most definitely could use the refreshment, and iced tea is my favorite drink!

Rhoda Gaule says …

Chicago may be the city of "big shoulders", but it is also known for its scorching, muggy and wilting summers. Boy! A bottle of quenching, flavorful, refreshing iced tea would sure help right about now! And a case would be even better, since I love to share with friends - who, incidentally all shop at Whole Foods!

Kelly Furlong-Rezac says …

Hello, It is so hot and humid here in Nebraska!! I would love to put some tea on ice and invite some over friends and chill out!! Kelly

Mary Capps says …

Well, first, I'm in Austin and Whole Foods is in Austin - so you *know* how hot it is down here! Second, I'm a tea drinker - hot tea, iced tea, black tea, green tea, herb tea - you name the tea, I drink it! In fact, my love of tea began when I was three years old in Boston and would have hot tea with my old Lithuanian grandmother, who would fill up my cup halfway with hot tea and the rest of the way with milk, so it wouldn't burn my tongue! To this day, I still drink my hot tea that way (although not with *quite* that much milk). But that's good for winter. It's summer now and I adore an ice cold perfectly brewed glass of iced tea!

JC says …

Honey, it's hot outside, 'cause it's, like, Summer, ok? Ice cold tea is really one of the best refreshing coolants!

carol yong says …

love the unsweetened ice tea because i can always add mint or juices to it.

Chris says …

Whole foods is great! I live in Dallas and have had the pleasure of shopping at the Plano, Austin, and now the Manhattan stores. Wow! Manhattan is a happening place! They have a fabulous system for getting shoppers through the check-out lines quickly. Drank lots of iced tea during the NYC heatwave mid-July.

Breanna says …

I would say its SOOO hot here in Seattle because of global warming. We should win the case of tea so we can have something to drink when we sit by the water and watch for harbor seal pups!

Nicole says …

I actually moved AWAY from the humid heat of the south to Maine, but I now can actually sit outside in the summer (what an amazing thought) and enjoy my tea!

Lisa Lawrence says …

Here in Orlando,Florida it is so soo hot. On a day like this, I would sit back and sip on a bottle of Mango Acai White Tea and forget about the heat. Not only is it refreshing for the summer months,it is refreshing 365 days a year.

Jill-Ellyn Straus says …

So great at the office! The days are long and steamy in the courthouse - the tea is a refreshing, healthy, "pick me up" at any time.

Deb Woods says …

I love iced tea year around. A case would be great to have on hand. It's a great thirst quencher any time!!

Alex says …

DC is warm enough in the summer as it is, but Congress is in session so there's even more hot air.

Laura Young says …

Tampa, Florida It is so hot the sweat drips down my face like peach juice drips down your arms to your elbows when you bite into a ripe one. And it will still be 80 degrees in October when the rest of the country is enjoying fall leaves and crackling fires. Help me!

Virginia Steffens says …

It's sooooooo hot here, my grass is drooping. Still, I must go outside in my floppy hat and sunscreen to mow it... By the third turn around the yard I'm drenched in sweat and wilting like a flower past its prime. Around the fourth or fifth I'm boiling. A cool good for me drink from my go-to brand 365 will get me back on track... Refreshed and cooled just in time to start on the backyard!

Gerry O'Connor says …

Besieged by the triple Hs, this ice tea is the sole lubricant to the free the soul and body from their devilish onslaught. In the right environment the beverage is like a cool dry breeze making one at peace once again with one's place in the great scheme of things.

Mary says …

It was so hot here in Virginia that even the Rappahannock River was hot!!!! I was wakeboarding with friends this past weekend and we literally went through a case of water on the boat with some nice iced teas and other drinks for variety. Never in my life did I ever think I'd say the river was too hot.........it was 93 degrees water temps and heat index of about 110 degrees......hot, hot, hot. Nice to have some cool, cool drinks.

mary ann says …

Next to filtered water, organic teas are the best to quench your thrist.

terri says …

Sounds so good for these scorching days in FL.

Chris says …

As the old chestnut goes, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity!" Chicago, July, humid - it all goes hand in hand. I need iced tea!!!!!!

MIchelle says …

I don't have any apartment in my NYC walk-up building. And heat apparently rises. Can you imagine the heat on the 4th floor? The only thing that gets me through the day are my ice-chilled drinks that are stocked up in the fridge!

Natalie T says …

I'm a twenty something in an apartment with no central air. I could really use some organic iced tea :)

Diane Reginald says …

I haven't tried these teas yet, but i want to!

Amy says …

My husband works so hard to support us. He does lawn mowing and landscaping. He's permanently hot during the day, but never complains. Tea would be so refreshing and would bring a smile to his face to know we thought of him in giving him cool drinks. Thanks!

Tamara says …

I have always, always, always loved a good cup of iced tea. We moved to Florida about 10 months ago and boy is it hot. Definitely could use some tea here. I'm excited to hear you are carrying a tasty tea that is also good for the environment and that uses quality ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Thank you

Kitten Nanney says …

I am grateful for healthy and tasty alternatives in food and drinks. Thanks

Anna says …

We're having just about the hottest summer on record here in the New York metro area and there is nothing quite as refreshing and thirst-quenching as flavored iced tea that has been chilling in the fridge.

Martie Sahuc says …

Just moved to Memphis (where the "feels like" Temperature was 105 last weekend) from Salt Lake (where is SNOWED in May)...and am trying to acclimate to the heat!! I'd LOVE to win some cool iced tea to cool me after my cycling, running and triathlon training workouts!!

Jean says …

How exciting! A choice of black, green AND flavors at your fingertips! I can even take these to work for a refreshing tea break while my coworkers are drinking sugary soda drinks and getting the sugar low I'll still be in high production mode. Even better is the fact that it's all organic and I'm confident that the farmers are getting a fair price for their product.

Meredith says …

I live in south Texas and have recently taken up hiking. It is one of the best forms of exercise I have participated in, but it is sooooo hot!

Christine Smartt says …

It's hot here in Texas! Time to float the river.

Jody Mc says …

I am standing outside on the pool deck for the State Swim Championships for my children's meet. I have to wear this dark uniform and stand here for over four hours. It is so hot, the sun is blazing, and though water is great when they bring it to me, cold refreshing organic tea would be so much nicer. Whole Foods organic tea would help me hydrate and sustain me through the whole weekend while I am volunteering at the meet.

Susanne Gomez-Cunningham says …

I live in Silver Spring, Maryland and last Sunday we were hit with an incredible storm that knocked the power out due to down trees and power lines. After three long days without power it was finally turned on today. Iced Tea was the perfect thirst quencher on those long hot days while patiently waiting and hoping for the power to be turned on. I think imagining myself relaxing in cool blue water with a tall glass in hand helped me to bear the suffering. I think I should win the case of tea because I have tryed out most of the different iced teas Whole Foods carry and what would be better than the 365 brand. Thank you.

Jeannette Abi-Rafeh says …

My son and I are learning a Tea for Two duet on piano. It's July in South Florida. I can just picture us finishing the song, sitting on the back patio - and sipping some tea!

Jenn says …

I don't have air conditioning and fans only do so much to stay cool!

Lara says …

While people don't think of Seattle as being hot, we can have temps in the 90's, but we don't have pools and a/c! My car doesn't have a/c, makes for a long hot ride to work in the summer! Tea would be the perfect cool me down treat on my way to work, or out on our sunny back deck.

Lauren Dragan says …

It's Hot. 105 degrees hot. It's so hot that the minute you walk outside, you start sweating. I live in the desert, so I guess it kinda comes with the territory, but seriously!

Heather St. Marie says …

My band is touring the South this August - staying a good portion of the tour in South Louisiana. Growing up on a South Louisiana bayou, I know how hot it gets in August!! So, the band could really use some ice cold tea to keep us cool...

Dot H says …

I would like to win the case of your new Iced Tea because we here in New Jersey are having an extremely HOT SUMMER. If I win I would serve the iced tea at the Coffee/Fellowship Hour we have in my Church (which is NOT air-conditioned) every Sunday after the service.

Rachel Pielach says …

Trying to save some energy and money by not using the air conditioner...could use a cool drink right now!

Deborah says …

Don't take my word for it! New York City has had not one,. but two record heat waves since the beginning of the summer season. This July will go down on record as the hottest. Records have been broken! The summer is not over! Relief, can be found however, by retreating to a locale with air conditioning and having a light meal. I find relief at my local Whole Foods salad bar and dine in the cafeteria space and satisfy my thirst with some refreshing ice tea.

Carol Rivera says …

What can I say, I just love this drink.

Julie Myers says …

What a great alternative to soda! I only drink water and coffee so this would be great to have at work for a nice changed of pace. I barely have time to eat at work during the day so this would give me something to look forward to.

denise says …

Boy is it HOT in the Nation's Capitol! Record-breaking number of days in the 90's?? I actually love the heat! It feels like Nature's blanket. What would make this summer even better??? Tons of iced tea! Cold and already brewed, in the fridge waiting for me, a mason jar and a straw :)

Nancy says …

I'm in Minnesota and it is hot, hot, hot. Tea is so refresing and really gets to my thirst. I could use a case or two!

Roberto says …

Summer's here but there is no fear because three hundred sixty five days a year is way too long to drink only beer So if I can win a case of tea Happy, Happy, and Loud I'll be To tell all my friends about this wonderful TEA!

Christine says …

I could really use this for a few reasons! Most important, it's easier than making my own from scratch :) But really, where I am we had the hottest June on record, and are on track for the hottest July too! After last year where we had an exceptionally cool summer, it feels like someone flipped the switch on us, whew. I heard on the news that we've been 90 or above for at least 23 of the days in July - for Northern NJ, that's something! I sure could use a nice cold glass of that iced tea... we only have an a/c in the bedroom so we can sleep!

tanya Chin says …

Heck I'm just thirsty! Chasing after my 13 month and firing my kiln to 1900 F makes me parched!

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