Zevia Beats Beverage Majors to National Distribution of First Stevia Diet Soda Alternative

Zevia LLC (http://www.zevia.com)] announced today that its carbonated Zevia® product containing the natural herb stevia has reached nationwide distribution. With four flavors in stores now, Zevia beat the major beverage brands to grocery store shelves across the nation, offering the first all-natural zero-calorie alternative to artificially sweetened diet sodas.

Citing the Coca-Cola Company’s partnership with food giant Cargill to develop Truvia, a stevia derived sweetener intended for use in beverages and food, the mainstream beverage industry has awakened to consumer anxiety about artificial sweeteners targeting stevia as the answer. But as Truvia announcements ring out hailing the sweetener’s eventual release, Zevia is ahead of the game with a finished product readily available nationwide offering consumers what they have been craving in the way of a thirst quenching, carbonated product utilizing the well known benefits of pure stevia.

“Because Zevia is the first and only zero-calorie brand that can claim to be truly all-natural, the company has been able to rapidly expand onto the shelves of high profile retailers,” says Jeff Taylor, Zevia’s national sales manager. “Fortunately for us, attaining shelf space hasn’t been an issue as much as getting Zevia there fast enough to meet demand.”

Some of the current retailers include Los Angeles’ Bristol Farms, Washington state’s QFC (a Kroger division), PCC and Metropolitan Markets, San Francisco’s Mollie Stone’s Markets and Dallas’s Central Markets to name a few. Retail doors carrying Zevia will increase to well over 1500 in June when committed retailer accounts come online, especially on the East Coast.

About Zevia

Zevia is an all-natural zero-calorie alternative to diet sodas available in four flavors (Natural Cola, Natural Lemon-Lime Twist, Natural Orange, and new Natural Ginger Root Beer) and packaged in 100% recycled aluminum cans. Zevia is sold in health food and specialty grocery stores nationwide with new stores added daily.

Zevia contains stevia, an herb native to South America rain forests that is many times sweeter than sugar. For centuries, tribes there used stevia as a sweetener in native foods and medicinal teas. Now poised to have an important impact on the U.S. food industry, stevia is widely accepted as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners and readily available in health food and major grocery stores.

EtQ Launches Food and Beverage Suite

EtQ Launches Food and Beverage Suite

Farmingdale, NY (Vocus) May 19, 2010

EtQ, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of its Food and Beverage Suite, which joins its Quality Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Life Science solutions.

EtQ recognized a need in the food and beverage industry for tools that would help demonstrate compliance to various regulations. With this in mind, EtQ developed its Food and Beverage suite to ensure compliance with regulations including Safe Quality Food (SQF), British Retail Consortium (BRC), International Food Standard (IFS) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), as well as the ISO 22000 compliance standard.

EtQ for Food and Beverage includes a HACCP module that helps manage the process controls required for demonstrating commitment to food safety and quality. This application includes the ability to create and control Hazard Analyses, Prerequisite Programs (PRPs), and Critical Control Points (CCP). Integrated modules such as Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA), Risk Assessment/Decision Tree Analysis, Monitoring and Inspection, and Nonconformance ensure an efficient, closed loop process that promotes continuous improvement.

Furthermore, EtQ’s Food and Beverage solution includes additional tools that will streamline compliance to food safety standards. Modules such as Document Control, Supplier Rating, Audits, Employee Training, Change Management and more are designed to provide organizations with the processes and tools needed to demonstrate their commitment to safe, quality food.

“EtQ’s Web browser-based Food and Beverage suite takes an organization through the full lifecycle of achieving and maintaining compliance to the safety regulations facing food chain stakeholders today,” stated Morgan Palmer, Chief Technology Officer at EtQ. “EtQ for Food and Beverage provides all of the essential pieces for maintaining compliance to the rising food safety initiatives, and does so in a centralized environment.”

With EtQ for Food and Beverage, all the information related to Food Safety compliance is easy to input, access, and report on. For more information visit EtQ on the Web at http://www.etq.com.

About EtQ

EtQ is the leading Enterprise Quality and Compliance Management software for identifying, mitigating, and preventing high-risk events through integration, automation, and collaboration. EtQ uses best-in-class, integrated modules and enterprise application integration to manage and measure quality and compliance processes and execute organizational change. Key modules within the product include HACCP, Document Control, Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA), Audits, Complaint Handling, Risk Management, Change Management, Employee Training, Project Management, Nonconforming Materials, Enterprise Reporting, and more than 20 additional compliance-oriented modules. With its world-class flexible workflow, collaborative platform, EtQ has developed a unique niche to support enterprises involved in various compliance management initiatives such as: HACCP, SQF, BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, GMP (FDA), ISO 13485, ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 14001, AS 9001, TL 9000, OHSAS 18001, RoHS, Sarbanes-Oxley, and similar standards for compliance and regulatory management. EtQ has been providing compliance solutions to a variety of markets for over 15 years.

For more information or to schedule a virtual demo, contact EtQ Inc., at 800-354-4476 or 516-293-0949, or e-mail us at info(at)etq(dot)com. Visit EtQ at http://www.etq.com.

EtQ is a trademark of EtQ Management Consultants, Inc. All other product names and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.



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