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Steaz(R) Zero Calorie Sparkling Green Tea Named Best of 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Corporate News J E 4
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NEWTOWN, Pa., Dec. 8 Steaz, the nation's premier brand of organic and fair-trade beverages, has received two Best of 2009 awards from BevNET, the leading online community website for the beverage industry. Steaz was named Best New Organic Product of 2009 and Best New Carbonated Beverage of 2009. Both awards honor Steaz Zero Calorie Sparkling Green Teas, introduced in October.

"We are always honored to be a part of BevNET's Best of class awards," said Eric Schnell, Co-Founder of Steaz. "We had been experimenting with a stevia-sweetened sparkling line for years, seeking to create a best-of-class RTD zero calorie beverage. The feedback has been outstanding, and our BevNET Best of Awards further verifies that we have met our goal and can offer consumers yet another healthy beverage."

Made with the finest organic ingredients and sweetened with the all-natural leaves of the stevia plant to create perfect refreshment for health and weight conscious consumers, the new line is based on Steaz's award winning sparkling green tea formula. Steaz Zero Calorie provides 120 mg of natural tea antioxidants.

There are no calories, no carbs and no sugar added to Steaz Zero Calorie. Like all Steaz products, the line is certified organic by Quality Assurance International as well as Fair Trade Certified® by TransFair USA. Steaz Zero Calorie is available in four delicious flavors - Raspberry, Orange, Blueberry Pomegranate and Black Cherry. Steaz Zero Calorie is sold in 12 oz. fully recyclable glass bottles and eye-catching four-packs. Suggested retail pricing for a four-pack is $4.99.

In addition, Steaz has revealed new packaging for their dazzling beverage offerings. All packaging now showcases Steaz's zen-cool brand imagery, including a unique interpretation of the Flower of Life comprised of 12 intersecting tea leaves.

This is not the first time Steaz has been named to BevNET's Best of list. Steaz received a Best of 2007 for Steaz Energy, now the leading energy drink brand in the natural channel, as well as two Best of 2008 awards for their Steaz Iced Teaz(TM). Steaz Iced Teaz was the first-ever beverage line to feature the photographs of the fair trade farmers who make the product possible. Fair trade farmers from Sri Lanka, China, and Africa, where Steaz sources their ingredients, are featured on the front of every Steaz Iced Teaz can.

About Steaz

The Healthy Beverage Company (www.steaz.com) is the maker of USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified Steaz Iced Teaz, Steaz Sparkling Green Teas and Steaz Energy drinks and shots. According to SPINSscan Natural, Steaz is the best-selling natural Energy Drink brand in the U.S., based on total dollar and unit sales. Steaz beverages are sold nationally in natural, specialty, gourmet and club stores, as well as food service outlets. Steaz is also sold in retail grocery stores such as Whole Foods Markets, Safeway, Stop n Shop, Wegmans, and Shaw's supermarkets. Recently, Steaz Organic Iced Teaz were launched in all Target Stores nationwide.

CONTACT: Alissa Sears, 805.969.3744, alissa@christiecomm.com

SOURCE Steaz
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