For Immediate Release
Pasadena, Calif. – June 9, 2003 – The Beverage Group, Inc., headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., and a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMCON Distributing Company (AMEX:DIT), announced that it has been named the master distributor by Bottle Green Drinks Company to distribute the company’s line of Bottle Green Fruit Sodas and Pressé fruit drinks in the United States.
“This is a unique opportunity to market a premium line of organic fruit sodas and non-alcoholic fruit cordials,” said Stephen Sparks, president and CEO of The Beverage Group. “We believe U.S. consumers will welcome a flavorful and refreshing line of sodas and fruit drinks made without artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives,” he added.
Bottle Green certified organic fruit sodas are all natural, lightly carbonated and flavored with real pressed fruit. They are caffeine and sodium free. Pressé is a line of refreshing non-alcoholic fruit cordials made with carbonated spring water and flavored with pressed fruit.
“Bottle Green Drinks are as much about taste as they are about appearance,” said Andrew James, president of Canadian-based Bottle Green Drinks Co. “They are popular in Canada due to the premium ingredients sourced from around the world and the natural process of combining carbonated spring water and pressed fruit. We believe these products will also be a hit with U.S. consumers.”
“Our partnership with The Beverage Group will enable us to successfully bring these products to the U.S. market,” James added.
The Beverage Group plans to distribute Bottle Green and Pressé products through natural food retailers, as well as in natural and gourmet aisles of grocery stores and specialty retailers.
The Beverage Group markets a portfolio of beverage brands in the rapidly-growing premium beverage segment through traditional channels of distribution including major grocery and drugstore chains, convenience stores, natural food stores, mass marketers, club stores, military base, as well as food service and institutional outlets. The Beverage Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMCON Distributing Company, an $800 million publicly-traded consumer products distribution company serving 7,500 stores in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain region. For more information about AMCON Distributing Company, visit their Web site at: www.amcon.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties and which reflect management’s current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance and financial results. A number of factors could affect the future results of the Company and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the Company’s forward-looking statements. Moreover, past financial performance should not be considered a reliable indicator of future performance. Accordingly, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all such forward-looking statements.
Contact: Julie Thomas-Lowe
The Beverage Group
(626) 432-5402, ext. 4712