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Long Island Iced Tea distribution test with Dollar General

Long Island Iced Tea Corp., a Hicksville-based maker

Long Island Iced Tea Corp., a Hicksville-based maker of ready-to-drink iced tea, is in a test distribution deal with Dollar General. Credit: Long Island Ice Tea Corp.

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. said on Tuesday that its ready-to-drink beverages are in a distribution test in 97 Dollar General Corp. stores in 14 states.

Long Island Iced Tea’s products are sold primarily through regional chains and distributors. The Hicksville-based company has been seeking to push out distribution of its beverages beyond the Northeast and Midwest markets. As of May 5, Dollar General operated 13,601 stores in 44 states.

The Dollar General distribution trial began in mid-June, Long Island Iced Tea said in a news release.

Iced teas of various flavors dominate the product line of Long Island Iced Tea, but the company also is rolling out a line of lemonades with “a splash of tea.” The company also bought the brand and trademark rights to ALO Juice, whose products are processed from aloe vera plants.

The company got exclusive serving rights when the Nassau Coliseum reopened in April after renovations as the arena’s official tea.

Shares of Long Island Iced Tea fell 13 cents, or 3.3 percent, to close at $3.83. The company’s shares began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market in July after it raised $6.9 million in a stock offering.

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