THE REPUBLIC OF TEA ANNOUNCES NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFICATION

March 18, 2013

Twenty-Two Teas Receive Verification from the Non-GMO ProjectTRoT Leading Purv logo

NOVATO, CALIF., (February 22, 2013) – The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, is pleased to announce the Non-GMO Project Verification of over 20 of its premium teas and herbs from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, offers North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food and products.

Many of the teas that are now Non-GMO Project verified have been part of The Republic of Tea’s collection since the founding of the company in 1992*. The following are The Republic of Tea’s current Non-GMO Project Verified Teas:

Full-Leaf Loose Teas

  • Jasmine Jazz Full-Leaf Green Tea*
  • Matcha Stone Ground Tea Powder
  • Milk Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Natural Hibiscus Full-Leaf Loose Tea
  • Wuyi Oolong Full-Leaf Loose Tea*

Tea Bag Teas

  • Organic Dancing Leaves Green Tea Bags
  • Organic Green Earl Greyer Green Tea Bags
  • Organic Assam Breakfast Tea Bags*
  • Organic Mint Fields Herb Tea Bags
  • Organic Cedarberg Red Tea Bags
  • Organic Natural Green Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Orange Ginger Mint Herb Tea Bags*
  • Organic Double Red Rooibos Tea Bags
  • Organic Double Green Matcha Tea Bags
  • Chamomile Lemon Tea Bags*
  • Dragon Oolong Tea Bags
  • Emperor’s 100% White Tea Bags
  • Lucky Irish Breakfast Black Tea Bags
  • Natural Hibiscus Tea Bags
  • The People’s Green Tea Bags
  • Decaf People’s Green Tea Bags
  • British Breakfast Black Tea Bags

The Republic of Tea’s verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard, which means that ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit take place to ensure that the company is meeting the highest possible standards for GMO avoidance.

“As a company we strive to embrace sustainability and value the commitment we make to our Citizens to offer the finest and healthiest premium teas,” said Ron Rubin, CEO and Minister of Tea. “Receiving Non-GMO Verification provides us the opportunity to strengthen this commitment and brings us closer to accomplishing our overall mission to become the world’s leading purveyor of full-leaf teas and herbs – respected for unsurpassed quality and unequaled product selection.”

These teas are The Republic of Tea’s first to be Non-GMO Project Verified. The company is in the process of receiving verification for its additional full-leaf and signature, round, unbleached tea bags. Teas that are Non-GMO Project Verified assume the official Non-GMO Project seal of verification on their packaging, indicating that the products have gone through the verification process. As new teas become verified they will be officially listed on the Non-GMO Project’s website.

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About The Non-GMO Project:

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The organization offer North America’s ONLY third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Learn more about the Non-GMO Project at www.nongmoproject.org.

About The Republic of Tea:

The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like The Whole Planet Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Room to Read, The Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance certification and Non-GMO Project verification. For more information, please visit www.REPUBLICofTEA.com or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at twitter.com/republicoftea and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRepublicofTea.

Media contact:
Alicia De Martini, Minister of Enlightenment, The Republic of Tea
802.863.3929
alicia@republicoftea.com

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