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U.S. CONGRESSMAN JIM McGOVERN TO VISIT TEA GUYS 10/15

Tea Guys, a Whately MA-based manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of premium tea products, will welcome Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) of the 2nd Massachusetts District when he visits the company's facility in Whately on October 15 from noon to 1pm.

Cong. McGovern will tour the company's 10,000 square foot retail store and production facility and speak with founders Oliver and Emily Rich about topics of interest to small business owners in his newly-reorganized district.

"Tea Guys is honored to host Congressman McGovern and we look forward to showing him our operation," said Oliver Rich. "His top priority in Congress is spurring economic development and job creation, with a strong focus on helping small businesses grow and succeed. We're projecting significant growth in the next year, including adding new jobs and boosting exports. His upcoming visit offers us a great opportunity to demonstrate how we plan to achieve that."

McGovern participated in a three-day farm tour in August which included visits to local agricultural operations in Northampton, Hatfield and Hadley among many others in his district.

"The Congressman's support for local agriculture connects with our production methodologies," added Emily Rich. "Our steeping process creates a lot of used tea leaves and fruit as waste. We've partnered with Bear Path Farm, a local compost manufacturer, to make that material part of his supply chain. Since it's all-natural and has zero metals, plastics or other contaminants, it's superior to typical restaurant waste for composting."

Tea Guys was established in 2002. The company's products are sold nationwide through the web, consumer-direct and wholesale, and through a growing network of regional distributors. In addition, the company has recently concluded a distribution agreement with Big Y Supermarkets.

TEA GUYS' RETAIL GRAND OPENING 10/4 IN WHATELY MA

Tea Guys, a Whately MA-based blender of premium tea products, will become a brick-and-mortar retailer of these same products with the grand opening of their new retail store on October 4. A ribbon cutting will be held at noon at the company's location at 110 Christian Lane in Whately MA.

Tea Guys is an exciting local business story in western Massachusetts. After establishing the company in 2002, owners Emily and Oliver Rich have steadily expanded by offering flavorful blends that tap into America's growing taste for tea. With consumer demand for superior tea products rising, they have dramatically expanded Tea Guys' production and shipping capabilities, moving nine full and part-time employees into a 10,000 square foot combination factory, office and retail facility.

Company co-founder Oliver Rich says, "Tea is a very hot product offering many taste and health benefits, with both per capita and overall consumption trending upward dramatically in recent years. Our business had outgrown our old Hatfield building and this facility in Whately met our needs well. The new physical plant greatly expands our spectrum of product offerings and boosts the overall production output. Adding the retail store instantly widens our consumer-direct channel and builds our burgeoning national brand at a local level."

Co-founder Emily Rich adds, "We're very excited to be doing business in Whately. The community has been very welcoming and we've seen a great deal of support and curiosity from our first day here. Route 5 is a busy road, and we're just 3 miles from Yankee Candle's flagship store. We know that will make us visible to a lot of potential visitors. We offer more than 120 tea blends, so our customers can enjoy the opportunity to experience those diverse aromas and tastes right here in our new store."

Tea Guys offers its blends as loose teas, in tea bags and "K-Cups." Rich has also pioneered a new tea beverage concentrate product which revolutionizes the hospitality industry's ability to include tea as part of their overall food and beverage programs. "Along with those items," adds Oliver Rich, "we expect to introduce our own branded tea-based ready-to-drink bottled beverage soon. We see a lot of vigorous growth in the months and years ahead."

Tea Guys products are sold nationwide through the web, consumer-direct and wholesale, and through a growing network of regional distributors. The company also exports to accounts in Canada, Central America and Asia. In addition, the company has just concluded a regional distribution agreement with Big Y Supermarkets.