Hicksville, NY (October 13, 2016) — Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (NasdaqCM: LTEA) (the “Company”), a growth-oriented company focused on the ready-to-drink (“RTD”) tea segment in the beverage industry, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Food Lion LLC (“Food Lion”) to make Long Island Iced Tea® available in its locations. Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is one of the largest supermarket chains in the Southeast United States with over 1,000 locations in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states employing more than 65,000 associates. This is the largest partnership in the Company’s five-year history.
Philip Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “This partnership with Food Lion is the biggest in our company’s history, and together with our recent listing on the NASDAQ, is a key milestone in the development of our business across the Southeast and the US. As one of the premier regional chains, Food Lion’s support further confirms our belief that our flagship Long Island Iced Tea brand, a premium tea brewed with all natural ingredients, offered to consumers at an affordable price, positions our company as an attractive partner across many geographies, reinforcing the validity of our strategy to progress from distributors to regional chains to national chains.”
About Food Lion LLC
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 65,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Amsterdam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visitwww.foodlion.com.
About Long Island Iced Tea Corp.
Headquartered in Long Island, New York, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. operates in the ready-to-drink tea segment of the beverage industry. The Company has developed non-alcoholic, premium iced tea bottled beverages made with quality ingredients that are offered at an affordable price. The Company is currently organized around its flagship brand Long Island Iced Tea®, a premium, ready-to-drink iced tea sold primarily on the East Coast of the United States through a network of distributors. The Company’s website iswww.longislandicedtea.com.
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