Long Island Iced Tea Corp. Hires Experienced Beverage Industry Sales Professionals

 – Five Senior Area Sales Managers – – Focus of Sales Team to Support New York Metro Area, Including Big Geyser –Farmingdale (Long Island), NY, Oct. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Long Island Iced Tea Corp. (NasdaqCM: LTEA) (the “Company”), a growth-oriented company focused on the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink (“NARTD”) segment in the beverage industry, today announced the addition of five new Senior Area Sales Managers, all of whom have prior beverage industry experience. The new Senior Area Sales Managers will report to Rob Stefanizzi, the Company’s newly appointed Vice President, New York Region. Mr. Stefanizzi recently joined the Company after spending much of his career at beverage companies including Coca-Cola and Honest Tea.

New Senior Area Sales Managers:

  • John Santoro – Previously a Sales Representative for Big Geyser and most recently an Area Sales Manager at Bai Brands
  • Vito Caravella – Previously a Regional Manager at Titan Tea and Senior Manager on the Venturing &Emerging Brands (VEB) team at Coca-Cola
  • Carlos Ramirez – Previously a Senior Manager on the Venturing &Emerging Brands (VEB) team at Coca-Cola
  • Ernie Beltrani – Previously a Sales Representative for Big Geyser and most recently a Senior Manager at Bai Brands
  • Jack Cutrone – Previously a Sales Representative for Big Geyser and most recently a Senior Manager at Bai Brands

Mr. Stefanizzi commented, “I am excited to be working with a team that brings extensive experience and success with brand building in the New York market, and I expect each to be valuable additions to the Long Island Iced Tea® sales team.”

Philip Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, added, “This is an exciting time of growth for the Company, and the new additions to our sales team will enable us to continue our strong growth momentum and solidify our presence in the New York metro area. We have a tremendous opportunity to expand our distribution through our recently announced strategic partnership with Big Geyser, and this team has the experience to maximize this opportunity.”

About Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

Headquartered in Long Island, NY, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. operates in the non-alcohol ready-to-drink segment of the beverage industry. The Company’s flagship brand ‘The Original Long Island Brand Iced Tea®’, together with ‘The Original Long Island Brand LemonadeTM’ are marketed as premium beverages made with non-GMO ingredients. The company also imports and markets ‘ALO Juice®’ a functional Aloe Vera based beverage. The Company’s portfolio of premium brands sits within the ‘better-for-you’ category of the beverage industry, and are offered to consumers at an affordable price, reflecting the Company’s mission.  Its beverages are sold primarily through a network of regional chains and distributors primarily on the East Coast and the Midwest of the United States, as well as Canada and Latin America. The Company’s website is

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Phil Thomas

Long Island Iced Tea Corp.



Long Island Iced Tea Corp.

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