On-The-Go Lifestyles Increase Daily Commutes: Contigo® Offers Smart, Convenient, Products for Consumers on the Move

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(CHICAGO) May 1, 2013 – Alarms around America are sounding this morning for more commuters than ever before.  According to the 2012 National Household Travel Survey, the U.S. is more mobile than ever with 128.3 million reported commuters. Between work, social commitments, afterschool activities and never-ending errands, American society is on the move and Contigo, a leading producer of innovative travel mugs, water bottles and kids’ bottles, offers products built for lives on the go.

“Consumers’ active, mobile lifestyles are a driving factor in the choices they are making, and they need convenient products to accommodate their busy schedules,” said Todd Starr, vice president of marketing and product development for Contigo. “Contigo offers a large selection of on-the-go travel mugs and water bottles to help make the commuting experience more desirable and manageable.”

A recent survey found that the majority of commuters prefer drinking hot beverages on the road but nearly one quarter of them wished for mugs that keep drinks hot for a longer period of time.1 With vacuum-insulated technology, the Contigo AUTOSEAL® West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug is a great solution because it keeps beverages hot for four hours; and, for the 13 percent of commuters who prefer cold beverages, it will help keep drinks cold for 12 hours.

Commuters also need to be wary of accidental spills. According to a Contigo survey, 84 percent of respondents have spilled at least one drink in their car, making it no surprise that the most desired attribute in a travel mug is “leak- or spill-proof.” 2 Contigo’s AUTOSEAL technology automatically seals between sips making it 100 percent leak- and spill-proof.  For commuters who prefer a straw, Contigo’s AUTOSPOUT Addison Water Bottle features an AUTOSPOUT lid with a press-to-release button that pops up a straw for quick and easy drinking so you can keep your eyes on the road. With its streamlined body that fits into most car cup holders, and convenient carry handle, the AUTOSPOUT Addison makes a great commuting accessory.

“With more Americans commuting, and average commute times and distances increasing, commuters need to be more conscious about making healthy choices when they’re on-the-go,” said Starr. “Contigo products provide simple ways to help commuters maintain a balanced lifestyle.”

The national average, one-way daily commute is 25.5 minutes, and for a growing number of Americans, the distance is even longer. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that more than half a million people, now dubbed “mega” commuters, travel 90 minutes or more one-way. Eastern states are home to the most mega commuters, with New York, New Jersey and Maryland reporting the highest percentage of commuters who travel 60 minutes or more, and Washington D.C. logging the highest number of commuters who travel out-of-state. Across the country, longer trips can mean more physical and emotional stress. For example, mega commuters experience more tiredness, higher levels of worry and higher cholesterol than the average commuter. 3

For commuter-friendly drinking options, the Contigo AUTOSPOUT Addison Water Bottle is available in 24-ounce and 32-ounce designs, with a suggested retail price of $12.99 and $14.99 respectively. The Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug is available in 16-ounce and 20-ounce designs, with a suggested retail price of $20.99 and $24.99 respectively. Both products are available through a wide variety of national retailers and online. For more information about the complete Contigo line, visit www.GoContigo.com.

About Contigo

Contigo is a brand of Ignite, a company with a passion for great products. Many Contigo travel mugs and water bottles feature the revolutionary AUTOSEAL patented technology that automatically seals between sips, while additional models offer the patent-pending AUTOSPOUT lid – featuring a drink spout with a one-touch button for easy opening and one-handed drinking. Contigo brand products – travel mugs, water bottles and kids bottles- protect against leaks and spills with many providing superior insulation properties. Contigo products are available through a wide variety of national retailers and online. For more information, visit www.GoContigo.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Shannon Burruss

312-565-4602

sburruss@lcwa.com

1The Contigo Consumer Survey results are based on the responses of 420 Contigo travel mug customers who use their mug while commuting. Survey responses were compiled in February 2013.

2Based on general Contigo Customer Survey results from 2011 and 2012. Full survey results available upon request.

3Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index, July 2009-2010

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