TEMPE, Ariz. — A ready-to-drink bottled tea is expanding its distribution in convenience stores.
Three new flavors of Tea of a Kind—including Mango Yerba Mate, Prickly Pear Yerba Mate and Blackberry Basil Yerba Mate—will be available in select stores in Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi. Those stores include Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip; Franklin, Tenn.-based Mapco; Bardstown, Ky.-based FiveStar; Boise, Idaho-based Stinker Stores; and Oasis Chevrons.
Tea of a Kind bottles feature the Vessl closure and delivery device, which allows all-natural ingredients to stay fresh without the use of artificial preservatives. Once the bottle cap is twisted open, the fresh ingredients are released into the liquid.
"The Vessl closure allows consumers to enjoy the fresh and flavorful tea and Yerba Mate while preserving their valuable vitamins and antioxidant properties," said Jeff Somers, director of sales for Tea of a Kind.
Vessl Inc., Tempe, Ariz., owns the patent for the Vessl pressurized bottle closures, which can be used across many products including beverage, food, hygiene, household chemicals and more.