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Company To Open 400,000 Square-Foot Production Facility in Fort Worth, Texas

MOORESVILLE, NC October 7, 2013 – Carolina Beverage Group, LLC, a leading southeastern beverage contract packager and a portfolio company of SunTx Capital Partners, today announced its geographic expansion in Fort Worth, Texas.  The new facility, doing business as Texas Quality Beverage, is expected to begin production in the first quarter of 2014. With a footprint of nearly 400,000 sq. ft., the Texas Quality Beverage facility will offer warehousing and manufacturing services. The Texas expansion should provide logistical advantage for the domestic and export shipments.

“The strategic expansion in Fort Worth, TX, will significantly expand capacity for production of beverages in a region that will allow the Company to best serve its current and growing global customer base,” according to Carolina Beverage Group CEO, Harry Barto.

As with its current Mooresville, NC facility, the Texas facility will offer a broad range of services, including flexible manufacturing and quality assurance conveniences for beverage companies in the tea, energy, alcohol and functional drink categories.  The initial high-speed filling line, designed for innovation, will be able to fill and pack aluminum cans, re-sealable Cap Can and PET bottles into a variety of different packaging configurations.

 About Carolina Beverage Group:

Carolina Beverage Group, LLC was founded in 1997 and currently is a leading manufacturer of specialty and functional beverages in North America. Carolina Beverage Group, LLC operates a highly specialized 150,000 sq. ft. Mooresville production facility housing four high-speed filling lines engineered for innovation, and has a total of 500,000 sq. ft. for warehousing and distribution. Carolina Beverage Group employs approximately 280 employees at its North Carolina location. For more information about Carolina Beverage Group, please visit www.carolinabeveragegroup.com.

About SunTx Capital Partners

SunTx Capital Partners, LP, is a Dallas-based private equity firm that invests in middle market manufacturing, distribution and service companies. SunTx specializes in supporting talented management teams in industries where SunTx can apply is operational experience and financial expertise to build leading middle-market companies with operations typically in the Sun Belt region of the United States. SunTx was founded in 2001 and currently has over $600 million of assets under management. The capital committed by SunTx comes from the principals of SunTx as well as from institutional investors, including leading university endowments and corporate and public pension funds. More information about SunTx can be found at www.suntx.com.

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 Media Contact for Carolina Beverage Group:

Laura Casey

laura.casey@carolinabeveragegroup.com

704.799.2337