New Leaf Brands Inks Two Deals

Expands Ohio distribution through agreements with S. Abraham & Sons, UDF

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. -- New Leaf Brands Inc., a provider of all-natural healthy beverages, said that it has further expanded market coverage in Ohio through distribution agreements with S. Abraham & Sons Inc. and United Dairy Farmers Inc.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based S. Abraham & Sons is a regional wholesale food distributor that serves convenience stores and independent grocers in seven Midwestern states. From its two distribution centers, the company supplies such products as name-brand groceries, health and beauty aids, snacks, store supplies and tobacco. S. Abraham &[image-nocss] amp; Sons also provides a number of business services, including in-store advertising programs and category management.

United Dairy Farmers (UDF) is a Cincinnati-based, privately owned manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of ice cream and milk. The company has nearly 200 company-owned and operated retail stores, located throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky and in southeast Indiana, who all sell hand-dipped cones, sundaes and shakes along with their milk and a wide variety of other food and convenience items. With gasoline service at most locations UDF is also the largest distributor of Mobil-branded gasoline in the United States, the company said.

Eric Skae, president and CEO of Orangeburg, N.Y.-based New Leaf, said, "Through our agreements with S. Abraham & Sons and United Dairy Farmers, we are pleased to announce our near complete distribution coverage of the state of Ohio. We look forward to delivering the 'Official Beverage of Taste' to all the residents of Ohio as we continue our national and international expansion."

New Leaf Tea was the company's first product and is available to consumers in 14 flavors and in more than 8,000 outlets including restaurants, delis, health food stores, pizzerias and other retail establishments. New Leaf Teas are sweetened with 100% organic cane sugar.