FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North American Tea Championship Judges
Award MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea First Place
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (May 15, 2012) -- Recognizing the best tasting iced teas, the North American Tea Championship (NATC) is shining the spotlight on the most notable, high-quality bottled iced teas commercially available in the North American marketplace.
The North American Tea Championship held in May 2012 in Montebello, Calif. at the Wilbur Curtis headquarters, evaluated premium iced teas in the Ready-to-Drink, Food Service and Instant tea categories.
In recognition of its superior evaluation, the World Tea Media presented the First Place North American Tea Championship Award to MaryAnna’s Tea LLC for its MaryAnna’s® – Summer Sweet Tea. MaryAnna’s® Summer Sweet Tea won first place in the Ready-to-Drink – Flavored Black tea category of the 2012 Iced Tea Class.
To choose the recipient of this award, the judging panel of professional cuppers assessed each submission through blind organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: flavor, body, color, clarity, and balance. The ratings of each characteristic were used to calculate an overall numerical value on a 100-point scale, and winners were determined by rank.
MaryAnna's® Tea owner, Mary Ann Rollano, who started her own bottled iced tea brand in 2008, said, "It's wonderful to get positive feedback from customers about your tea, but being honored by industry experts brings it to a whole new level. A competition like this not only gives us recognition for winning first-place, but also acknowledges our ability to create the finest bottled iced tea brewed from real tea leaves. The World Tea Expo is known in the industry for highlighting premium, specialty teas. For a small company like ours to place above nationally branded bottled iced teas is a real testament to the quality of our product.”
“Nearly 250 teas were entered into this class of 20 categories and the ratings were close”, according to Jie Chen, Competition Manager of The North American Tea Championship.
A complete list of first-, second- and third-place winners of the North American Tea Championship is available at http://www.TeaChampionship.com
About MaryAnna’s Tea LLC
MaryAnna’s® Tea is micro-brewed and bottled directly, preserving the flavors and healthy nutrients inherent in tea. The suggested retail price for a 16-ounce glass bottle is $2.49 and available in three flavors, Summer Sweet Tea (lemon) and Berry Sweet Tea (raspberry), and Peachy Sweet Tea (peach) at natural and specialty food markets. For more information go to http://www.maryannastea.com
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