Actor Channing Tatum to Appear with RUNA at Expo West

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Actor Channing Tatum to Appear at Amazonian Beverage Maker RUNA's Booth at Natural Products Expo West, World's Largest Natural and Organic Products Trade Show

Best known for his starring roles in 21 Jump Street, White House Down and Magic Mike, Actor Channing Tatum will join the RUNA team at Booth #3005 at Natural Products Expo West on Friday, March 6, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA

Brooklyn, New York (February, 24, 2014) – So, how does Hollywood action star Channing Tatum stay energized through a grueling film schedule? By exercising, getting plenty of rest, and drinking RUNA beverages, made with Guayusa (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”), an Amazonian “super leaf” with a long tradition of use as a natural, healthy energy drink by the indigenous peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon. Speaking about the benefits of Guayusa, Tatum riffed to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show that Guayusa gives him "the energy of the gods."

In fact, Tatum was so taken by the sustained energy he gets from Guayusa and the social mission behind RUNA that he befriended the owners, traveled last year to the Amazon with them, and invested in the company. From its roots as nothing more than a class project at Brown University, RUNA has emerged as one of the fastest-growing organic, ready-to-drink tea brands in the U.S.

Channing Tatum will join RUNA founders Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie at their exhibit booth, #3005, on Friday, March 6, at Natural Products Expo West. Now in its 34th year,Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade exposition, drawing more than 70,000 trade visitors from over 100 countries.

“We are pumped to host Channing at our booth at Expo West to help spread the word about RUNA and educate people about the benefits of Guayusa," said RUNA co-founder Tyler Gage, who also noted that RUNA’s booth, made from renewable bamboo, will feature a sustainable rainforest design. The company also plans to introduce three new flavors of its ready-to-drink Guayusa beverages at the show.

Guayusa is a native Amazonian super-leaf with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and double the polyphenols of leading green tea products. However, unlike traditional teas, Guayusa has no tannins, so it tastes surprisingly smooth and naturally sweet. Indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon have brewed Guayusa like tea for thousands of years as an essential part of what makes them “RUNA” – fully alive.

“The tradition of Guayusa and why the indigenous tribes drink it is very intriguing,” saidTatum. “Being down in the Amazon and getting to spend time with the Kichwa and Sapara people, and really trying to understand how and why they use Guayusa and some of their other medicinal plants has given me a much greater understanding of how people can relate to nature on a deeper level.”

With a mission to improve the livelihoods of indigenous farmers in the Amazon, RUNA’s founders believe that consumers everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the rainforest without destroying it, starting with the people who live there. RUNA works directly with more than 3,000 indigenous farming families who are proud to see guayusa shared around the world. These families are RUNA’s partners in a Fair Trade relationship, and by organically growing guayusa in traditional forest gardens they help protect the rainforest.

About RUNA
RUNA is a Brooklyn-based social enterprise founded in 2009 by college classmates Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie that makes beverages brewed with the Guayusa “super leaf” and improves the livelihoods of Amazonian farming families through its supply chain. RUNA’s products are sold in more than 6,000 stores across the country, and are an effective alternative to the legions of artificial beverages and energy drinks on the market. The journey continues at www.RUNA.org.

About RUNA Foundation 501c3
RUNA Foundation works with Amazonian communities to improve livelihoods and protect the Amazon rainforest. While a million acres of rainforest are destroyed every year to meet the global demand for precious hardwoods, sugar, cattle, and agricultural commodities, this exploitation does not benefit the farming families whose land and culture is being destroyed.  RUNA Foundation provides sustainable land management training, community development support and business development services to indigenous communities so that they can work toward their vision of sustainable development in the Amazon. The mission continues at www.runafoundation.org.

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