Sweet Leaf Tea expanding into Houston and San Antonio with Silver Eagle Distributors

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une 22, 2009, Austin, Texas-Sweet Leaf Tea Company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing makers of natural, organic beverages, is riding into town on a new truck.



The Austin-based maker of organic, all-natural, home-style iced teas, lemonades and other natural beverages, announced today that Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P. will be carrying Sweet Leaf Tea into the greater Houston and San Antonio areas. Silver Eagle is the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products and services close to 11,000 accounts with four distribution centers in Houston and one in San Antonio.



David Smith, Co-founder and VP Sales, said, “It is imperative for us to align ourselves with ‘best in class’ distributors to obtain our goals. The size of our distributors doesn’t matter as much as their willingness to partner with us and our initiatives to become the most profitable Ready-to-Drink organic tea brand in the market.” Currently, the company’s products are available in about 30% of US markets in natural stores like Whole Foods and grocery chains like Kroger and Safeway. The partnership with Silver Eagle is one of many recent new distributor agreements helping fans across the country find Sweet Leaf Tea on shelves and in coolers.



About Sweet Leaf Tea

Sweet Leaf Tea is one of the fastest-growing beverage companies in the United States. The company was founded in 1998 by Clayton Christopher, then 25, when he couldn’t find a bottle of iced tea that tasted like the delicious, homemade tea his grandmother used to make for him when he was growing up in Beaumont, Texas. Shortly thereafter, Christopher’s childhood friend, David Smith, joined the company and the two began production using pillow cases as tea bags and brewing their homespun tea in 50-gallon crawfish pots. Made from all-natural ingredients, including purified water, pure cane sugar and high-quality organic tea leaves, Sweet Leaf Tea is made and brewed based on Clayton’s grandmother’s recipe and technique. Sweet Leaf Tea, which is available in 10 classic iced-tea flavors and three lemonade flavors, is available nationwide through Kroger, Safeway and at natural and specialty food stores including Whole Foods, where five of its flavors are Whole Foods’ top five sellers. For more information, please visit www.sweetleaftea.com



About Silver Eagle Distributors, L.C.

Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor, has been a part of the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler family for more than 20 years, and employs more than 1,100 people. The company currently serves 16 counties in Texas, including two major metropolitan areas – Houston and San Antonio.