SOURCE: The Healthy Beverage Company

October 02, 2007 14:28 ET

Maker of Steaz® Sparkling Green Tea and Steaz Energy™ All-Natural Beverages Receives Prestigious 2007 Socially Responsible Business Award

NEWTOWN, PA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - The Healthy Beverage Company, a leading producer of all-natural, Sparkling Green Tea Sodas and Steaz Energy drinks, has been selected to receive the 2007 Socially Responsible Business Award, one of the natural products industry's most prestigious honors at the thirteenth annual Socially Responsible Business Awards Breakfast held Friday, September 28, 2007, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. The annual award honors companies and individuals that have shown the highest ideals applied to business practices, recognizing excellence in ethics, accountability, community involvement and environmental protection.

Founders of The Healthy Beverage Company, Eric Schnell and Steve Kessler, were chosen in recognition of the firm's socially responsible business practices which include supporting sustainable organic farming and strict observation of fair trade standards in their sourcing of Ceylon green tea from Sri Lanka and acai fruit and other organic ingredients from the Brazilian rainforests.

The Healthy Beverage Company is a pioneer in the natural beverage category with its popular line of Steaz® Sparkling Green Teas™, Diet Sparkling Green Teas and newly expanded line of Fair Trade Certified™ Steaz® Energy™ drinks. All Steaz beverages are healthy, 100 percent micro-brewed from the finest organic Ceylon green tea and contain the benefits of a full cup of green tea in every bottle or can.

As part of the company's ongoing support of fair trade and humanitarian programs, Steaz donates 2 percent of net profits to social betterment programs. The firm's "We CAN Make a Difference" campaign raises funds to rebuild homes in the tsunami-ravaged regions of Sri Lanka. Launched to coincide with the debut of Steaz Energy, the program features Steaz Energy cans signed by celebrities and sold at auction with the proceeds devoted to activities that promote ethical business and fair trade practices.

Steaz® Sparkling Green Teas are sold in the U.S. in over 5,000 natural, specialty, gourmet and club stores, in 40 states and through food service companies including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Wild Oats and Shaw's. Steaz is also sold internationally in Canada, Australia, Mexico, India, Singapore and the Middle East.

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