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AriZona Beverages continues global expansion

AriZona Beverage was founded in Brooklyn in 1971.

AriZona Beverage was founded in Brooklyn in 1971. Its headquarters is now in Woodbury. Photo Credit: Handout

The family-run company AriZona Beverages USA Llc, of Woodbury, maker of  AriZona Iced Tea, is continuing with worldwide expansion plans and being honored at home, the company said.

With sales in South America, western Europe and Asia, the company is setting its sights on eastern Europe and Africa.

AriZona also got advance word of an upcoming honor -- Nassau County plans to name it May's Business of the Month, in recognition of its job creation and charitable contributions in the community.

The company sells its products in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.

In Europe, it has established operations offices in the Netherlands to support its sales throughout the western part of the continent, as well as continue to explore entry into eastern European markets, the company said.

It has introduced AriZona products in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea and the Philippines, and says it also wants to reach the African continent and additional markets in Asia.

"AriZona Beverages is proud to be an American company that has always stayed true to its New York roots," the company said in a news release.

Jackie Harrigan, the company's global communications director, said, “We take our role as an American brand seriously and strive to give back to the community through job creation and retention."

The Nassau award, she said, "confirms our accomplishments and recognizes our charitable efforts within the county.”

Founded in Brooklyn in 1971 by Don Vultaggio and John Ferolito, the company has about 1,000 employees worldwide and 300 on Long Island. It makes iced tea, a variety of bottled waters, juices, energy drinks, sports drinks and powdered tea mixes. It claims top status as "the number one ready-to-drink tea in North America."

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