The Republic of Tea's Ron Rubin Named to Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame

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Minister of Tea for leading specialty tea brand honored for lifetime achievement

The Republic of Tea's Ron Rubin Named to Specialty Food Association's Hall of Fame

The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas and herbs, is proud to announce that Minister of Tea Ron Rubin was selected as a 2016 inductee into the Specialty Food Association (SFA) Hall of Fame. Rubin will be honored for his many industry achievements during the Hall of Fame Ceremony and Leadership Awards at the SFA’s Winter Fancy Foods Show on January 18, 2016, in San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

According to the SFA, the Specialty Food Association Hall of Fame’s goal is to “honor individuals whose accomplishments, impact, contributions, innovations, and successes within the specialty food industry deserve praise and recognition.”

“I am honored and humbled to be selected for the Specialty Food Association’s Hall of Fame,” said Rubin.

Rubin’s life has been dedicated to innovation, stewardship, education, and philanthropy. A successful entrepreneur, he sparked a specialty Tea Revolution when he purchased The Republic of Tea in 1994. Since then he has been on a mission to promote the “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle, enriching the lives of Citizens everywhere with more than 300 exquisite and award-winning tea and tea-inspired products, including unsweetened varietal glass bottled iced teas for fine restaurants, Be Well Red® Teas, SuperHerb® Teas, HiCAF® Teas, a line of Downton Abbey® Teas, exclusive Stir Fry Tea Oil, motivational business books and tea ware.

Under his leadership, The Republic of Tea has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work” by both Outside Magazine and North Bay Business Journal. The brand has remained committed to social responsibility, mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supporting worthy organizations. Examples of The Republic of Tea's commitment to philanthropy are the following: Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, and The Whole Planet Foundation.

His enduring work ethic also expanded into the wine industry, where he runs The Rubin Family of Wines with the same emphasis on quality and accessibility as The Republic of Tea.

In 2015, on The Republic of Tea’s 23rd anniversary, Ron Rubin welcomed his son Todd as the next President of The Republic of Tea. Ron is now the Executive Chairman and continues to serve as Minister of Tea while Todd manages the day-to-day operations of the company.

For more information on The Republic of Tea, visit http://www.republicoftea.com.

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About The Republic of Tea:
The Republic of Tea enriches people’s lives through its premium teas, education and innovation, as it emphasizes a “Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp” lifestyle. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a specialty tea revolution. Today the brand offers an unequaled selection of the highest-quality teas, herbal blends, books and nature-inspired sip ware, available exclusively at specialty retailers throughout the U.S. Further, The Republic of Tea is mindful of how its actions impact the greater community and actively supports worthy organizations like Action Against Hunger, The Ethical Tea Partnership, The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Xerces Society and The Whole Planet Foundation. Certifications include Demeter USA Certified Biodynamic, Fair Trade certification, Gluten-Free certification, Non-GMO Project verification, OU Kosher certification, Rainforest Alliance certification and USDA Organic certification. For more information, please visit http://www.REPUBLICofTEA.com or call 1.800.298.4832. Follow The Republic of Tea on Twitter at twitter.com/republicoftea and Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RepublicofTea.

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