Swisher Hygiene Provides Operations Update

Swisher Hygiene Provides Operations Update

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene
Inc.("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider of
essential hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced today that
it was providing certain preliminary financial figures ahead of its plans to
file its restated financials for 2011 and the filing of its financials for
2012.

As of November 30, 2012, which includes the divestiture of its waste division,
Swisher Hygiene had run-rate revenue, defined as annualized third quarter 2012
revenue, of $225 million. Approximately 65% of its run-rate revenue is
currently generated from its core chemical operation.

In addition, as of December 31, 2012, Swisher Hygiene had approximately $70
million in cash and cash equivalents, as well as $12.5 million currently being
held back from the sale of Choice Environmental Services pending the delivery
of audited financial statements, and total debt outstanding of approximately
$13 million.

"As we continue to work toward filing our financial statements, we are pleased
to begin reporting some operating statistics to our shareholders," said Thomas
Byrne, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Swisher Hygiene."We
believe that through our focus on our core operations during the past year,
and ongoing initiatives, that we will achieve positive operating cash flow
with our current operations by the third quarter of 2013."

"While we are unable to provide additional figures until our financial
statements have been finalized, our financial reporting team continues to work
diligently to meet the timelines set by NASDAQ and aid us in regaining full
compliance," continued Mr. Byrne."We remain optimistic about Swisher
Hygiene's overall operations and plan to provide further updates on our 2013
and long-term strategies in the upcoming months.In the interim, we remain
dedicated to serving our customers nationwide on a day-to-day basis with our
comprehensive core chemical program as well as our complementary hygiene and
linen services."

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this
press release constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and the
Securities Act (Ontario) and are based on the expectations, estimates and
projections of management as of the date of this press release, unless
otherwise stated. All statements other than historical facts are, or may be,
deemed to be forward looking statements. The words "plans," "expects," "is
expected," "scheduled," "estimates," or "believes," or similar words or
variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions,
events or results "may," "could," "would," "might," or "will be taken,"
"occur," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates
and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Swisher Hygiene as of the
date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business,
economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.All of these
assumptions have been derived from information currently available to Swisher
Hygiene including information obtained by Swisher Hygiene from third-party
sources. These assumptions may prove to be incorrect in whole or in part. All
of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by
the above cautionary statements and those made in the "Risk Factors" section
of Swisher Hygiene's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December31, 2010 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended
June30, 2011, both filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
available on www.sec.gov, and with Canadian securities regulators available on
Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, and Swisher Hygiene's other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and with Canadian
securities regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at
www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information set forth in this press release
is subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that
are difficult to predict and which could cause actual results to differ
materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking
information.Swisher Hygiene disclaims any intention or obligation to update
or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events and
circumstances, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. is a NASDAQ and TSX listed company that provides
essential hygiene and sanitation solutions to customers throughout much of
North America and internationally through its global network of company-owned
operations, franchises and master licensees operating in countries across
Europe and Asia. These essential solutions include cleaning and sanitizing
chemicals, foodservice and laundry products, restroom hygiene programs and a
full range of related products and services.This broad set of offerings is
designed to promote superior cleanliness and sanitation in all commercial
environments, enhancing the safety, satisfaction and well-being of employees
and patrons. Swisher Hygiene's customers include a wide range of commercial
enterprises, with a particular emphasis on the foodservice, hospitality,
retail, industrial and healthcare industries.

CONTACT: For Further Information, Please Contact:

         Swisher Hygiene Inc.

         Investor Contact:
         Amy Simpson
         Phone: (704) 602-7116

         Garrett Edson, ICR
         Phone: (203) 682-8331

         Media Contact:
         Alecia Pulman, ICR
         Phone: (203) 682-8224
 
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