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DAVIDsTEA Launches “Tea-2-Go” at over 1,500 Couche-Tard/Circle K Stores Across Canada
Secures exclusive supplier agreement with global retailer of fuel and convenience goods

MONTREAL, March 19, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DAVIDsTEA Inc. (TSX-Venture: DTEA) (“DAVIDsTEA” or the “Company”), a leading tea merchant in North America, announced today it has secured an exclusive supplier agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Alimentation Couche-Tard) (TSX:ATD) (“Couche-Tard”) to offer a premium “Tea-2-Go” in-store experience at over 1,500 convenience stores across Canada.

DAVIDsTEA’s curated assortment of eight best-selling flavours, available in a convenient sachet format, will provide consumers on the move with an elevated tea-drinking moment, while complementing Couche-Tard’s extensive offering of beverages and snacks.

The tea collection selected for Couche-Tard customers includes organic flavours such as Cream of Earl Grey, Silk Dragon Jasmine, David’s Breakfast Blend, Cold 911 and Cinnamon Rooibos Chai; herbal, caffeine-free varieties like Forever Nuts and Just Peachy; and popular coffee replacement black tea, Vanilla Cappuccino. In addition, DAVIDsTEA will establish a full tea bar concept at seven Couche-Tard stores to offer a wide variety of hot and iced teas.

Alimentation Couche-Tard, operating under the Couche-Tard and Circle K banners, has a coast-to-coast presence in Canada and is a global leader in convenience and mobility, operating in 29 countries and territories, with more than 16,700 stores, of which almost 13,100 offer road transportation fuel.

“We are proud to become the exclusive supplier of high-quality teas across Canada to an industry leader like Couche-Tard,” said Sarah Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Brand Officer, DAVIDsTEA. “This landmark agreement enables DAVIDsTEA to introduce a whole new segment of customers to our wide variety of flavourful teas. It also represents a key step in our omnichannel growth strategy to expand our footprint while driving profitable growth.”

“The introduction of quality products from the renowned DAVIDsTEA brand in our stores across Canada will enhance our customers’ drinking experience and allow us to further develop our hot beverage category. We are very pleased with this new partnership,” said Daniel Lapalme, Foodservice Director, Eastern Canada Division, Alimentation Couche-Tard.

DAVIDsTEA offers a specialty branded selection of high-quality proprietary loose-leaf teas, pre-packaged teas, tea sachets, tea-related accessories and gifts through its e-commerce platform at and the Amazon Marketplace, its wholesale customers which include over 4,000 grocery stores and pharmacies in Canada and over 330 grocery stores in the United States, as well as 18 company-owned stores across Canada. The Company offers primarily proprietary tea blends that are exclusive to the Company, as well as traditional single-origin teas and herbs. Our passion for and knowledge of tea permeates our culture and is rooted in an excitement to explore the taste, health and lifestyle elements of tea. With a focus on innovative flavours, wellness-driven ingredients and organic tea, the Company launches seasonally driven “collections” with a mission of making tea fun and accessible to all. The Company is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

About Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Couche-Tard is a global leader in convenience and mobility, operating in 29 countries and territories, with more than 16,700 stores, of which almost 13,100 offer road transportation fuel. With its well-known Couche-Tard and Circle K banners, it is one of the largest independent convenience store operators in the United States and it is a leader in the convenience store industry and road transportation fuel retail in Canada, Scandinavia, the Baltics, as well as in Ireland. It also has an important presence in Poland and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of People's Republic of China and has recently expanded to Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. More than 150,000 people are employed throughout its network.

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