Honest Tea Garners Top Honor at Natural Products Show Mango White Tea awarded 5th Annual Taste of Expo

Bethesda, MD – Honest Tea, the best-selling brand of organic bottled tea (according to SPINscan), won top honors at the 5th Annual Taste of Expo held during the Natural Products Expo East which took place in Washington, DC on September 16-18, 2005.

The Natural Products Expo is the East Coast’s largest natural and organic products trade show, with this year’s show attracting more than 20,000. Buyers from natural grocery chains, retail giants, and independent stores. Honest Tea won the 5th Annual Taste of Expo, which was designed to highlight top taste-makers in specific categories. This year’s Taste of Expo focused on the tea, honey and jam categories. Experts in each award category presented buyers with tasting and merchandising information and buyers then voted on the best in each category.

The award was presented to Honest Tea’s Mango White Tea, a flavorful organic blend of white tea and mangos, slightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and agave syrup. The blend is brewed with a touch of certified organic Sambazon Açaí, a Brazilian palmberry. White tea is grown from the same plant as black and green tea, but picked at a “youthful” stage. The leaf buds are covered with fine “silvery” hairs and have a light, clean taste. White tea delivers the same potent antioxidants as green teas, but with approximately 1/8th the caffeine of coffee. It is more rare than black, green, or oolong teas and was traditionally reserved for Chinese royalty.

“Mango White Tea was an instant winner in the Honest Tea kitchen and we are thrilled that the experts from the Taste of Expo agree. It’s particularly exciting for us to see a bottled tea win the prize — it shows how far our category has come since Honest Tea entered the market in 1998,” said Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO of Honest Tea.

Honest Tea is the nation’s best-selling and fastest-growing organic bottled tea company whose mission is to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and calories than most bottled drinks. For the past two years the company has been ranked in Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States. Honest Tea’s products include organic ready-to-drink tea and organic citrus quenchers. All varieties are certified Organic by the USDA and Kosher by the Orthodox Union. For more information about the company and its products, visit www.honesttea.com. For images of the award winning Mango White Tea or a media kit, please contact Carrie Haverfield, at 301-652-3556 or carrie@honesttea.com.