BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that TerraSphere Systems, LLC has shipped its first crop of lettuce under the Eco Spirit label for its licensee, the Squamish Nation, to Choices Markets, Western Canada's largest natural and organic grocer. The TerraSphere shipment contained 71.3 pounds of fresh romaine lettuce which traveled from the TerraSphere facility in Surrey, British Columbia to local Choices Markets, providing fuel efficiency and reduced shipping costs.
Mark Gildea, TerraSphere's CEO, stated, "We are thrilled to have completed our first shipment to Choices Markets; it marks the beginning of a cohesive effort to provide the people of British Columbia with locally-grown produce."
Choices Markets CEO Mark Vickars commented, "We believe produce grown using TerraSphere's innovative chemical and pesticide-free vertical farming techniques fits perfectly with our mandate to source pure, locally grown, top quality products. Choices shoppers will find these products under the new Eco Spirit name in all our fresh produce departments."
On July 6, 2010, Converted Organics Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire TerraSphere. This acquisition is expected to close in September 2010, pending approval of Converted Organics' Shareholders on September 16, 2010. The transaction is expected to make a significant positive impact to the combined company and strengthen the collective market-strength of Converted Organics.
The Company has scheduled a Special Meeting of Shareholders for tomorrow, September 16, 2010, to vote on the proposed acquisition, and encourages all Shareholders to vote their shares prior to the meeting date. If you are a Shareholder and wish to vote, but have not received or are no longer in possession of proxy materials, please contact your broker and ask for your control number. Upon receipt of the control number, please visit to vote your shares.
About Choices Markets
Founded in December 1990 by brothers Wayne and Lloyd Lockhart, Choice Markets Canada is Western Canada's largest retailer of natural and organic food. With seven Greater Vancouver locations, Choices Markets focuses on offering shoppers alternatives to conventional grocery store items at fair prices.
About Converted Organics Inc.
Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq:COIN) ( www.convertedorganics.com ) is dedicated to producing high-quality, all-natural, organic soil amendment and fertilizer products through food waste recycling. The Company uses its proprietary High Temperature Liquid Composting (HTLC) system, a proven, state-of-the-art microbial digestion technology, to process various biodegradable food wastes into dry pellet and liquid concentrate organic fertilizers that help grow healthier food and improve environmental quality. Converted Organics sells and distributes its environmentally-friendly fertilizer products in the retail, professional turf management, and agribusiness markets.
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About TerraSphere Systems, LLC
TerraSphere Systems () is dedicated to building highly efficient systems for growing fruits and vegetables in a controlled indoor environment. TerraSphere's clean technology helps to promote the sustainable consumption of natural resources by maximizing plant production and optimizing crop yields, while improving environmental footprints through the reduction of carbon emissions and fuel use associated with traditional crop production and distribution. TerraSphere's unique, environmentally and socially-responsible business model helps to facilitate job creation and diverse, community-based workforces. TerraSphere believes its technology can potentially revolutionize access to organic produce for both remote and urban communities, alleviate land management issues for agricultural producers, and ease hunger crises for the world's growing population.
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