Frank & Lisa Ferrel
Zen Bear Honey Tea
This year Zen Bear Honey Tea was awarded the 2018 SCORE Maine Success Award winner for Encore Entrepreneur. In 2017 and 2018, Zen Bear Honey Tea won unprecedented back-to-back Best New Product awards at the New England Made Trade Show.
Lisa Ferrel started Zen Bear Honey Tea following retirement from an active culinary and horticultural career, with the help of her husband, Frank. Lisa says, ““We take the idea of putting honey in your tea, and turn it around. We put the tea in the honey. We combine pure natural honey with organic tea and herbs. Simply add a teaspoon to a cup of hot water to make your tea.”
Growing from self-distribution to a handful of local stores five years ago, Zen Bear Teas are now widely distributed throughout New England, as well as in stores as far south as Florida and west to Colorado.
The target market for Zen Bear Teas is consumers of natural and/or health foods who are concerned about their health and well-being and who support sustainable foods and business practices.