Sweet Leaf Tea pours into the Southeast

August 5, 2009, Austin, Texas-Sweet Leaf Tea Company, one of the nation’s fastest-growing makers of natural, organic beverages, is expanding into the warmest parts of the country where ice-cold, great tasting ready-to-drink teas and lemonades are sought after thirst quenchers. New distributors such as General Wholesale (Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia), Alabama Crown (Alabama), Tennessee Crown (Chattanooga, Tennessee), RJ Lipman (Nashville, Tennessee), Champion Brands (Jacksonville, Florida), and Florida Beverage Sales (Pensacola, Florida) will be carrying Sweet Leaf Tea into Publix grocery stores, as well as, convenience stores, restaurants, universities and schools throughout the region. The continued addition of new distributors around the country is helping Sweet Leaf Tea introduce all 10 classic iced-tea flavors and one lemonade flavor to individuals seeking a great tasting, high quality beverage.

Howard Young, Owner and President of General Wholesale Beer Company, said, “We’re very excited to have an opportunity to carry the entire Sweet Leaf Tea brand of products. It’s the best of both worlds when you can work with a creative, innovative, entrepreneurial company like Sweet Leaf Tea combined with the weight and strength of Nestle.”

Sweet Leaf Tea completes distribution for the Southeast for their Publix launch scheduled later this month. David Smith, Co-founder and VP Sales, said, “We’re really excited about landing Publix and working with such reputable distributors.

These relationships will significantly increase our brands availability to our consumers throughout the Southeast.”

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 one lemonade flavor, 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. Nestle Waters North America, the number-one bottled water company in the US, is now a partner in Sweet Leaf Tea. For more information, please visit www.sweetleaftea.com