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Is Your Lemonade Stand Illegal?

Is Your Lemonade Stand Illegal?

It is an American tradition to run a lemonade stand when you are a kid.  Mixing up a huge jug of delicious ice cold lemonade either from scratch or from a powder, setting up your little table, carefully crafting your sign, and feeling so professional when people actually gave you money for something you made! It’s a classic summer activity. But in recent years, states have been tightening their food production and safety laws and what licenses you need to sell homemade goods.  So in many states Lemonade Stands have actually become illegal!

Every state’s laws regarding this are different and they each refer to the act of selling lemonade as something different.  In Texas its “peddling” and one requires a $150 peddling permit and kitchen inspection, in Georgia you need business and food permits which are 50$ a day, in Oregon you have to obtain an $120 temporary restaurant license and the list goes on. 

It seems unreasonable to ask kids to pay such large sums of money to sell Lemonade, but the laws are rooted with the public interest in mind.  Most of the laws are based upon the fact that for unregistered food stands there is no information on the kitchen where the food was made.  For public health it is important to regulate the cleanliness of the kitchens where the Lemonade was made.

It’s a tough topic to form an opinion on because it is such an American tradition and a lovable pastime but of course public health is important.  There are benefits and drawbacks, and strong arguments on both sides! We will see how this all pans out and if any laws are changed. Until then you can sit back and enjoy Long Island Brand Beverages’ Lemonade line. Don’t worry we have all the permits and licenses required! 

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Recipe Time: Easy Lemonade Popsicles

Recipe Time: Easy Lemonade Popsicles

Summer is quickly approaching which means the days are going to get longer and hotter! Sometimes on a hot summer day the perfect thing is a popsicle.   The best thing about popsicles is how versatile they are! Any juice, smoothie or drink can be made into a popsicle! All you need are the molds J So we thought what about making some Original Long Island Iced Tea Lemonades popsicles? Sounds like a great idea!

Our recommendation to make these popsicles even better is to chop up some fruit and add it to the mold. Cherries with cherry lemonade, strawberries with our Strawberry Lemonade, Peach with the Peach Lemonade…Or be bold and mix it up!

Here is the incredibly simple recipe for some amazing summer desserts:

  • Add the fruit to the mold and then pour in the lemonade
  • Put in the stick or the base
  • Let it freeze

Tip: When it is ready, to get it out run the mold under some warm water

There you have it: a delicious and refreshing summer treat!

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All About Teas

All About Teas

It seems like tea can be made from just about anything! That’s what makes it so great, the huge variety of tea that exists! Not just the extra flavorings such as ginger, lemon, or hibiscus but in actual tea as well. The differences are so subtle so its very interesting to learn that actually they are very different! So we have made a little fact filled blog post to give you a brief overview of all the wonderful teas in this world.  Get ready to be a tea aficionado!

Black Tea:  Black teas are allowed to oxidize and ferment resulting in dark leaves that have a full robust flavor! It also has a high caffeine content, in comparison to other teas. 

White Tea: Only the youngest shoots of the tea plant are used which result in the most delicate, subtle and complex teas.  They are not oxidized or fermented.  When they are brewed properly, at a low temperature and a short steeping time, they result in a very low caffeine level.  

Green Tea:  The oxidation process is stopped very quickly when the leaves are heated.  When brewed at lower temperatures green teas has a lower caffeine content than black teas.  Green teas are admired for their subtleties and variety of undertones.   

Yellow Tea: This type of tea is very similar to green tea except the leaves go through an extra step of production where the damp leaves are “sweltered,” meaning closed in a container, for six to eight hours.  

Matcha: This is a powdered green tea that is originally from Japan.  The leaves are grown in the shade for three weeks before they are plucked.  This results in a higher level of chlorophyll, which creates the bright green color.  It has more caffeine than regular green tea because it contains the whole tealeaf.  

Oolong Tea: This tea undergoes a partial oxidation.  Oolong is less robust than black tea and is often compared to fresh flowers or fruit!  The caffeine content falls between black and green tea.  

Dark Tea: This tea is from theHunan and Sichuan provinces of China and is an aged probiotic tea.  This aging process allows the tea to go through a second fermentation process. After it steeps it has a sweet smooth flavor.  

Puer: This is a subset of Dark Tea, so it is also an aged tea from China. Until 1995 it was illegal to import into the US and the process to produce is still kept secret!  It is very strong, with a rich deep flavor but no bitterness.

So now that you are a tea expert, the next time you take a sip of a delicious Long Island Iced Tea you can impress your friends with your tea knowledge! 

Check out these tea blogs for more facts: 

https://www.teabox.com/blog/tea101/tea-processing-techniques-classification-tea

https://www.teasource.com/pages/types-of-tea

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How Lemonade Turned Pink

How Lemonade Turned Pink

Most of us grew up with Pink Lemonade in our lives.  It was just the more fun version of Lemonade! It never seemed weird or nonsensical that it was pink, just cute! But when you do get thinking about Pink Lemonade there is no real reason why it should be pink.  I mean Pink Lemonade, although sometimes flavored with strawberries, cranberries or cherries, is usually just normal lemonade that has just been dyed pink with red food coloring.  Why does this make sense? Why red food coloring and not purple? How did this drink become such a sensation?

Well the origins of Pink Lemonade are actually kind of muddled.  There are two rival stories circulating the Internet.  The first says that in 1857 Pete Conklin, who was a concessions salesman at the circus, ran out of lemonade one day.  While he was rushing around trying to replace it he saw a bin full of pink water where a performer had just cleaned her pink tights! Rather than losing business he decided to sell this wash water and surprisingly it was a hit!

The other story also involves the circus but takes place in 1873.  Henry E. Allot a circus promoter was mixing up a batch of lemonade to sell and accidentally dropped a few red cinnamon candies into the batch turning it pink! He sold it anyway and was delighted at how much the customers loved it!

For the sake of our stomachs I prefer the second story. Although cinnamon and lemonade do not sound very compatible at least it was not wash water! But either way we are happy that pink lemonade got its start, no matter how it really began, because it is undeniable fun and cute! That’s why we decided to include a Pink Lemonade in our new line of Lemonades.  Also don’t worry we only use fruit and vegetable juice to color our Pink Lemonade, no candies or tights allowed! 

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Amazing Health Benefits of Black Tea

Amazing Health Benefits of Black Tea

Currently green tea seems to be the trendiest tea with the most health benefits associated with it. While it is true that green tea is incredibly good for you, black tea should not be forgotten! Black tea offers numerous amazing health benefits including lowering high cholesterol, high blood pressure and improving tooth decay, digestive problems, poor blood circulation, and asthma. 

Black tea has tannins which have a relaxing effect on the digestive system of the human body which makes it a great solution when your digestive system is upset.  Black tea also has theaflavins which help destroy abnormal cells in the body before they turn into cancerous cells. In addition to these benefits black tea has also been found to open airways in asthmatic people especially when drunken hot, reduce cholesterol levels and decrease risk of contracting heart ailments. 

The way that black tea is processed makes it as healthy as it is.  Unlike green or white tea, it is fermented and oxidized allowing unique qualities of the tea to develop.  All of these positive aspects make it unsurprising that it is one of the most popular drinks all over the world. Plus it is delicious! It is for all these reasons that we use black tea in nine out of ten of our refreshing iced tea flavors! If you want to learn more about black tea check out https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-black-tea.html and if you want to try some delicious black tea pick up your favorite flavor of Long Island Iced Tea today!

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Partnership with Big Geyser is Good News for New York!

Partnership with Big Geyser is Good News for New York!

Long Island Iced Tea has just made its most significant partnership deal yet with Big Geyser! Big Geyser is the largest non-alcoholic beverage distributor in the New York metro area, and this partnership has the potential to increase Long Island Iced Tea’s availability in this area by ten times!   This would increase the number of stores to 25,000! Yep you read that correctly: 25,000!

So for all you Long Island Iced Tea fans living in the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Putnam, Nassau and Suffolk counties its going to become a lot easier to find your favorite flavors of Long Island Iced Tea and our new lemonade! 

This partnership becomes effective on April 24 so after that get ready to see our deliciously refreshing better-for-you beverages everywhere you go! Us at Long Island Iced Tea could get pretty used to that… 

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Staying True to our Unconventionality

Staying True to our Unconventionality

It all started with the name, which granted we did not create, but we liked.  We wondered why no one had made a non-alcoholic iced tea with that name before!  It was a little unconventional and rebellious to make a product that is literally Iced Tea from Long Island because it was already so connected to this famous cocktail!

            This unconventionality is something that is close to our hearts and we try to stay true to! We make all our tea with non-GMO ingredients and 100% raw cane sugar because we want to use the best ingredients.  Our better-for-you beverages are not just a gimmick to charge high prices, because they really are better for you and are sold for a reasonable price.   We want to change the way people think about health and make sure they know that healthy choices do not automatically break the bank. 

In addition to that we did not want our product to be boxed in as only being for teens, skaters, or moms and their kids.  We want our teas, and now lemonades, to be for everyone.  We also wanted to make a beverage that everyone could drink anywhere at anytime! It is perfect for the office, school, a road trip, with lunch or for a spontaneous beach day! Long Island Iced Tea is the ideal companion for any adventure because it’s a little rebellious and refuses to be boxed in!  

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America's Lemonade Love Affair

America's Lemonade Love Affair

Ever since lemonade immigrated to America in the 18th century from Europe, a true love affair between America and lemonade has developed.  There is no other drink that is more connected to American summers than lemonade.  It is rare to find a child that did not have a lemonade stand growing up. Maybe this is fading out of fashion, but even this summer I drove or walked by and personally patronized multiple lemonade stands run by young American entrepreneurs. Lemonade is American classic, but why is it so popular and so connected with the stars and stripes and summer time? 

The first evidence of “lemonade” was actually in Egypt.  But this delicious drink soon spread to Europe and by the mid-1600s there were “limonadiers” selling lemonade on the streets of Paris.  In America, lemonade exploded in popularity during the 1849 California Gold Rush as a way to fend off scurvy in the malnourished miners.  Lemons contain high levels of Vitamin C that fights off this traditionally maritime disease.  It was lucky for those miners that lemon trees grew so well in the California climate, and in fact to this day 90% of America’s lemons come from California!

In the Victorian Era lemonade became a popular alternative to alcohol, and fans of this idea included First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes. She actually became known as “Lemonade Lucy” because served lemonade during events after her banning of alcohol in the White House during her husband’s terms from 1877-1881.  

With first lady and presidential endorsement, lemonade grew in popularity and has remained popular all the way till today! There have been different ingredients that have had fleeting stints of popularity, egg white and milk for example, but I think the beauty of this drink lies in its simplicity.  Only three ingredients can create such a delicious and complex beverage. 

All of this is why we were so excited to create our Long Island Brand Lemonade’s and be a part of this American tradition and make delicious lemonade of course!

Also check out http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/when-life-hands-you-lemons-make-qatarzimat for more facts on the history of lemonade! 

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Born and Brewed in Long Island

Born and Brewed in Long Island

Long Island is more than just Manhattan’s neighbor, the home of the Hamptons, and where the infamous Gatsby’s parties were held; it is also the home of Long Island Iced Tea!  Since day one Long Island Iced Tea has truly been a Long Island Brand.  Our founder is a proud Long Islander and every one of our bottles rolls through our assembly line on Long Island itself. Because of our deep Long Island roots we created our tea with beach days and busy people in mind. 

The beach is a huge part of Long Island and a huge part of our hearts.  So when we set out to create our tasty teas, we also wanted to make a beverage that would fit into that culture. We think we did a pretty good job at achieving that goal because our delicious fruit flavors and energizing tea mixes are the perfect beach day fuel! Pre or post surf, a Long Island Iced tea is a great boost!

But as our company grows we are also getting more involved in the Long Island community.  Most recently we partnered with the Nassau Coliseum and became their official Iced Tea provider! The Nassau Coliseum site will be a hub for sports, concerts, and entertainment for all ages! And we are so excited to be a part of it! Through this partnership and future partnerships we want to support Long Island businesses and our local community because we are not planning to leave our birthplace anytime soon.  

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The Abridged History of the Guava

The Abridged History of the Guava

Originally found in Southern Mexico, the guava is a star player in Mexican and South American cuisine.   It spread basically all over the world after the Portuguese who colonized South America, carried it with them to the East Indies.  In each new culture, the guava found its place in local cuisine.  In Columbia guava paste is combined with cheese to make “bocadillo con queso blanco,” in South Africa they are used to make breakfast flakes by mixing it with cornmeal, and in Mexico they drink a guava beverage called “agua fresca.” In addition guava is a great ingredient to add to pies, cakes, smoothies, chutneys, jams, etc. 

But the pink guava does not just taste great; it is great for you as well.  Guavas are high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and are low in calories.  It is believed that it can boost your immune system and help with digestion.  Historically, it was used during childbirth and the leaves were chewed to help with toothaches! Obviously this small, sweet, pink fruit packs a serious punch! It is no wonder that it is used in so many recipes and cultures all over the world.

            That is why we were so excited to create our Guava flavor, because not many tea brands have thought to harness the power of this little fruit! It adds the perfect note of sweetness making our Guava flavor refreshing, healthy and of course delicious. 

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Hot Off The Press - The All New 18oz Bottle

Today we celebrate as the first run of 18oz bottles go through production!

A lot of hard work and dedication from the Long Island Iced Tea Team went into creating this sleeker, slimmer bottle design and today it all paid off with the first run of 18oz bottles being processed at Brooklyn Bottling. 

The new PET bottles boasts a more slim lined and compact design making it easier for customers to carry and consume on the go. The bottles feature a customised bottle cap printed with a refined Long Island Iced Tea® logo along with informative health cues such as “real brew tea”, “non-GMO” and “low calories” for the diet options, further reinforcing the health messages.

The new label has a bolder structure with more cleanly designed label features, placing a stronger emphasis on the brand’s premium ingredients such as natural fruit flavoring, and the health benefits of non-GMO and 100% raw cane sugar, which is unique within the RTD tea market.

This markets a historical day for Long Island Iced Tea as we transition our brand image to stay ahead of the fast moving Iced Tea category and enhance our offering to our most treasured customers. 

Long Island Iced Tea® is a RTD tea available in both single-serving and gallon bottle sizes, with flavors including Lemon, Peach, Raspberry, Mango, Guava, Southern Sweet Tea, Unsweetened, Green Tea & Honey, Half Tea & Half Lemonade, Diet Lemon and Diet Peach.

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Craft Brewing: A Hipster Revolution

Craft Brewing: A Hipster Revolution

When you hear the word craft-brewed, probably a picture of a mustachioed hipster in overalls drinking a beer somewhere in Portland, is the first thing that comes to mind. At least it is for me.  But in fact, craft brewing is not really as niche as these hipsters would like to think. 

By 1970 there were only 11 major beer companies left in the US, and they were all making basically the same thing.  But by the 80s home brewing as a concept was rising, mainly in CO and CA.  Fast-forward to 2015 and craft brewers have gathered 13% of the US beer market and a $22.3 billion dollar share of the industry.  So what made this craze take off, other than our Portland hipster?

Well craft-brewers offered variety and took a wild jump away from the 70s where every beer you could buy was a light lager.  Now you could buy from local or regional breweries and find a beer that was unique.  Choosing a beer became a way to express your self, instead of just blending into the crowd.

But you are probably thinking, okay but this is about beer, what about iced tea?  Well the definition of craft brewed is a small, independent, and traditional brewing operation, so Long Island Iced Tea is a craft brewed beverage!  We use handpicked tealeaves to brew all of our delicious flavors, never tea-flavored syrup like some of the other guys.  It tastes better and is better for you!  We are proud to be craft-brewed and be a part of the craze as a tea company.  So just like with craft-brewed beer, choosing a Long Island Iced Tea is a way to express yourself, and stand out from the crowd! 

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Get Excited - Our ALL NEW Lemonade is soon to hit stores near you!

Get Excited - Our ALL NEW Lemonade is soon to hit stores near you!

We are excited to announced the launch of The Original Long Island Brand™ Lemonade. Infused with a splash of tea and made with 100% raw cane sugar and non-GMO ingredients for a crisp, refreshing and natural taste, this premium lemonade is highly differentiated from other lemonade beverages in the US market.

Philip Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “Beyond creating a delicious and refreshing lemonade, we made sure that the “better-for-you” attributes that are prominent within our iced tea range were incorporated into our new lemonade brand.” “This exciting new lemonade is available in nine real-fruit flavors, including Traditional, Lime, Peach, Watermelon, Mango, Strawberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Cherry and Wildberries, and incorporates a subtle splash of tea essence. We feel the Company is bringing a true point of difference to the conventional lemonade brands on the market today,” Mr. Thomas added.

The addition of the lemonade brand to the Company’s portfolio comes after the recent acquisition of Alo Juice®. This further establishes the Company as a key player within the “better-for-you” beverage category. Mr. Thomas commented, “Long Island Iced Tea® products are moving successfully in stores and we saw the opportunity to leverage our brand and positioning to capitalize on a different product offering. One that we believe would excite current customers and attract new consumers to our brand.”

According to IBISWorld, lemonade comprises 8.2% of the $12.0 billion juice market in 2016¹. Lemonade sales totaled 451 million liters in 2015².

The Original Long Island Brand™ Lemonade range consists of 9 real-fruit flavors, available in both single 18oz bottles and 12-packs. The product is a natural complement to the Company’s Long Island Iced Tea®, which comprises 12 different iced tea flavors available in single 18oz bottles, gallons and 12-packs.

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Why Cane Sugar is Better for You than Other Sweeteners

Why Cane Sugar is Better for You than Other Sweeteners

Sugar is a touchy subject in today’s increasingly health conscious world. More and more people are cutting sugar out of their diets, or at least switching to less harmful sweeteners.  But when there are so many sweeteners, from stevia to coconut sugar, is it hard to know what to look out for and avoid. 

High fructose corn syrup and white sugar are the worst of the worst.  They are the most processed, most condensed, and cheapest sugars that you can buy. The more processed something is, the more nutrients are stripped from it and the less benefits it offers to your body.  This is why high fructose corn syrup is basically empty calories, there are no nutrients and most of it is stored as fat!

Raw cane sugar is less processed than white sugar and high fructose corn syrup and it is made from sugar cane instead of beets or corn.  Surprisingly white granulated sugar is usually made from beets! Because the cane sugar is less processed more of the nutrients remain and it is not totally empty calories.  Of course it is still sugar and should be consumed in moderation but you can take solace in the fact that when you drink your favorite flavor of Long Island Iced Tea it is sweetened with 100% Raw Cane Sugar! Keep an eye out for the release of our Unsweetened Flavor for days when you are kicking all sugars to the curb! 

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Lemon Tea- The Health Guru’s Secret Weapon

Lemon Tea- The Health Guru’s Secret Weapon

In a world where staying healthy and fit is always a priority, it is difficult to sort through all the diets, fads, and false promises.  One tried, tested and true strategy is lemon tea.  This almost magical drink boosts the immune system, speeds healing, hydrates your body, speeds up your metabolism, detoxes your body, flushes out toxins, gets rid of morning breath, helps digestion, promotes clear skin, stabilizes your mood and boosts your energy level!

            The powers of lemon’s vitamin A, antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and citric acid combine with tea’s caffeine and antioxidants create this secret weapon for staying healthy! It is also amazing that it is so easy to make. Just add fresh-squeezed, bottled lemon juice to iced or warm tea to give yourself a morning, afternoon or evening energy surge! We love to add lemon to our Green Tea and Honey, Lemon, and soon our Unsweetened Tea to give them that extra boost of flavor! For more details on the health benefits check out http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/top-10-health-benefits-of-lemon-tea-26918

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Recycle, Reduce, Craft!

Recycle, Reduce, Craft!

Everyone knows the famous mantra recycle reduce reuse, but the reuse part is sometimes difficult. It is often not obvious how to reuse all the things that you can recycle.  Also the word reuse itself is pretty limiting.  It seems like the only thing you can do is use it for its intended purpose.  So for Long Island Iced Tea, for example, the only option is to refill our bottles with a different beverage. But there is so much more that they can be used for! So it is time to get creative and get crafting!

First and easiest, is you can use our bottle as a vase for a cute bunch of flowers!  Or with a little cutting, make it into a planter for herbs or flowers.  This will look especially nice when we release our brand new bottle in the beginning of March!  Another practical idea is to use it for storage; nails, beads, candy etc. If you have little ones in your life, turn it on its side and with a little foam and tape, it becomes almost every animal imaginable. A lizard, a cow, a dog, a cat, you name it! Maybe even a piggy bank. In the winter decorate it to look like a snowman, with a scarf and face and everything! They can even be made into pencil pouches with a little glue and a zipper!  But the bottle is not the only part that can be refurbished.  The caps can be made into magnets, or a fun alphabet by attaching letters to them. The gallon jugs can be used too, as watering cans by poking holes in the caps or into storage bins with strategic cutting and gluing.  Some of these crafts need further instructions of course, so check out the tutorials and some other cool ideas on our Pinterest, @longislandteas!  

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An Exploration of the Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

An Exploration of the Amazing Health Benefits of Green Tea

It’s a constant struggle to find a drink that gives you an energy boost and isn’t full of sugar.  Green tea is an option that has scientists and nutritionists raving.  Some even go so far to say that it is the healthiest beverage on the planet! Green tea boosts blood flow while lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of heart failure.  In some studies it was also shown to boost fat oxidation and your metabolic rate, meaning its great for keeping in shape. So green tea is extremely healthy while still tasting simple and delicious.  

But how can leaves soaked in water do all of this? The simple answer is antioxidants.  Green tea leaves are not processed much from plant to cup so they are rich with antioxidants called catechins that fight and prevent cell damage.  Studies done by Swiss scientists showed that people who drink green tea had more brain activity in the area of the brain that processes working-memory.  Other scientists found that green tea drinkers were less likely to get certain types of cancer. Better memory, higher metabolism, lower risk of cancer and lower cholesterol all from a tasty beverage. 

That’s why we love our Green Tea and Honey flavor because it gives you that kick of energy, is amazing for you, and tastes great.  Pick up a 20 oz or Gallon size for you and your family today! Your brain, cells, and taste buds will thank you!

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Sneak Peek: Fresh New Design & Bottles Set To Hit Stores In The New Year

Sneak Peek: Fresh New Design & Bottles Set To Hit Stores In The New Year

New Bottle and Label Design Unveiled

Today we are excited to unveiled a new 18oz bottle and label design for Long Island Iced Tea® which is set to launch in the new year.

Philip Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Iced Tea®, stated, “As our brand continues to build momentum with retail and distribution partnerships forming across the East Coast and Midwest, now is the perfect time to refresh the look of our labeling and packaging.” 

The new label has a bolder structure with more cleanly designed label features, placing a stronger emphasis on the brand’s premium ingredients such as natural fruit flavoring, and the health benefits of non-GMO and 100% raw cane sugar, which is unique within the RTD tea market. The real fruit photography with naturally made moisture droplets accentuates the authentic and fresh spirit of the Long Island Iced Tea® products. 

Another unique featured added to the new bottle design is the customized bottle cap printed with a refined Long Island Iced Tea® logo along with informative health cues such as “no additives”, “non-GMO” and “low calories” for the diet options, further reinforcing the health messages.

Mr. Thomas added, “In addition to the ‘better for you’ message, we wanted the label to immediately evoke thoughts of our core concept – a premium and refreshing beverage – while at the same time subtly incorporate our brand elements such as white weatherboards, which are synonymous to the beach and coastal areas on Long Island.” The premium look of the new packaging contemporizes the Long Island Iced Tea® brand whilst celebrating heritage and cultural associations to it. 

The introduction of the new bottle will see the package size change from a 20oz bottle size to a 18oz bottle size, with the sleek and slimmer design being more compact, making it easier for customers to carry and consume.  The new bottles are expected to reach retail stores in early 2017.

Mr. Thomas concluded, “While our new bottle and refreshed designs will begin to roll out across stores at the start of 2017, what will not change is the same great taste of Long Island Iced Tea® that our valued customers know and love.”

Long Island Iced Tea® is a RTD tea available in both single-serving and gallon bottle sizes, with flavors including Lemon, Peach, Raspberry, Mango, Guava, Southern Sweet Tea, Green Tea & Honey, Half Tea & Half Lemonade, Diet Lemon and Diet Peach.

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From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

From the Leaf to a Perfect Glass of Iced Tea

How is Tea Made?

Learn from Long Island Iced Tea how your tea is made from the leaf all the way to your perfect glass of iced tea.

Did you know that all tea is made from the same plant? Yes, that’s right, black, green, and white teas start off pretty much the same, and it’s what happens during the tea production process that transforms them.  

Black tea is the most common tea used, and is used in all of Long Island Iced Tea’s delicious flavors. There are two ways of making it: the “traditional” method and the “CTC” method. Read on to find out more about how tea is made using these two processes.

The Traditional method is the most commonly used. In this process, the tea goes through four stages: withering, rolling, oxidation, and drying. In general, the more oxidized the tea is, the darker it will be, hence the name black tea. Green tea is the least oxidized, so the color of the tea barely changes from the color of the original plant.

Withering

Particularly important for black tea, the leaves are laid out to dry to reduce water content so the leaves can be pliable enough to be rolled.

Rolling

Why are tea leaves so scrunched up?

Traditionally done by hand, but today, machines are used to roll and shape the leaves, and gives our Long Island Iced Tea its distinctive flavor.

Oxidation

A chemical process that is easiest to observe by looking at the color of the leaf. Black teas are the most oxidized as you can see in our rich, dark crimson-brown iced teas.

Drying

Our tea is finally dried to lock in the final flavor that we all enjoy!

Through this delicate process, we created an authentic and refreshing Iced Tea that can be enjoyed in any season. From a welcome light refreshment in the heat of summer, to a fresh treat in the dead of winter to wake you up, Long Island Iced Tea has the drink for you!

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Long Island Ice Tea Announces Food Lion Partnership

Long Island Ice Tea Announces Food Lion Partnership

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.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes statements of the Company’s expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs that constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and are intended to come within the safe harbor protection provided by those sections. These statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, relate to the discussion of the Company’s business strategies and its expectations concerning future operations, margins, sales, new products and brands, potential joint ventures, potential acquisitions, expenses, profitability, liquidity and capital resources and to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These statements include any statement that does not directly relate to a historical or current fact. You can also identify these and other forward-looking statements by the use of such words as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “thinks,” “estimates,” “seeks,” “predicts,” “could,” “projects,” “potential” and other similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions. These forward looking statements are made based on expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting the Company and are subject to uncertainties, risks and factors relating to its operations and business environments, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond its control, that could cause its actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed or implied by these forward looking statements. These risks include its history of losses and expectation of further losses, its ability to expand its operations in both new and existing markets, its ability to develop or acquire new brands, its relationships with distributors, the success of its marketing activities, the effect of competition in its industry and economic and political conditions generally, including the current economic environment and markets. More information about these and other factors are described in the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the discussions contained under the caption “Risk Factors.” When considering these forward looking statements, you should keep in mind the cautionary statements in this press release and the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and the Company cannot predict those events or how they may affect it. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward looking statements after the date of this press release as a result of new information, future events or developments, except as required by the federal securities laws.

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