Reed's, Inc. Expands Into Tops Friendly Markets

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Oct 16, 2012) – Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ: REED), maker of the top-selling sodas in natural food stores nationwide, announced today that it has recently gained authorization for Reed’s and Virgil’s brands in Tops Friendly Markets, a 153 store supermarket chain headquartered in Williamsville, NY. 

“The new authorization of Reed’s and Virgil’s brands at Tops Friendly Markets increases our availability in the upstate NY marketplace. Our brands will be going into their newly expanded craft soda section in the mainstream beverage aisle. This partnership with Tops is yet another significant move into mainstream channels for Reed’s. For more than 50 years, Tops Friendly Markets have been recognized for having strong brand recognition and retail presence, driving solid market share in the areas that they operate. We are proud to be partnered with a supermarket chain that seeks premium, quality brands, like Reed’s and Virgil’s, to be made available to their loyal consumers. We look forward to creating marketing programs and promotions that will further enhance the consumer reach for our brands in Tops,” stated Chris Reed, Founder and CEO of Reed’s, Inc.

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 153 full-service supermarkets — 148 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 14,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at

Tops Friendly Markets has still been working hard after 50 years to be “tops” for their customers. At Tops, they are proud of their history and remain true to their roots as a store that has a passion for food and people. Today, Tops stores retain the neighborhood feel of the original family-owned grocery stores. Real butchers, a rarity in modern grocery chains, are in store every day at Tops to offer the freshest cuts of best quality meat and seafood. They’re always happy to trim to your specifications (free) or provide cooking and recipe tips.

About Reed’s, Inc.

Reed’s, Inc. makes the top-selling natural sodas in the natural foods industry sold in over 13,000 natural food markets and supermarkets nationwide. Its six award-winning non-alcoholic Ginger Brews are unique in the beverage industry, being brewed, not manufactured and using fresh ginger, spices and fruits in a brewing process that predates commercial soft drinks. The Company owns the top-selling root beer line in natural foods, the Virgil’s Root Beer product line, and the top-selling cola line in natural foods, the China Cola product line. In 2012, the Company launched Reed’s Culture Club Kombucha line of organic live beverages. Other product lines include: Reed’s Ginger Candies and Reed’s Ginger Ice Creams. In 2009, Reed’s started producing private label natural beverages for select national chains. Reed’s products are sold through specialty gourmet and natural food stores, mainstream supermarket chains, retail stores and restaurants nationwide, and in Canada, as well as through private label relationships with major supermarket chains.

For more information about Reed’s, please visit the Company’s website at: or call 800-99-REEDS.

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