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Swisher Hygiene Sponsors Quickly Growing Year-Long NC Chef Battle



Swisher Hygiene Sponsors Quickly Growing Year-Long NC Chef Battle

Popular Dining Competition Heats Up

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Charlotte-based Swisher
Hygiene Inc. ("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider
of essential hygiene and sanitizing products and services, is proud to
announce it is a title sponsor of the 2013 "Got To Be NC" Competition Dining
Series, a rapidly growing chef competition across North Carolina.

"Got To Be NC" is a year-long dining competition across five regions of the
state where restaurant chefs go head-to-head – similar to popular TV show
"Iron Chef" – preparing three courses each while using a secret North
Carolina-themed ingredient.

"We are excited about our involvement in this local dining competition in our
home state," said Tom Byrne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swisher
Hygiene. "It's an opportunity for chefs to showcase their incredible skills
and for hungry North Carolinians to sample some of the best meals the Tar Heel
State has to offer."

"Kitchen hygiene is crucial to any successful restaurant, and it just makes
sense for the state's top chefs to work with Swisher Hygiene, one of the
industry leaders in foodservice hygiene," said event founder and coordinator
Jimmy Crippen. "This series and the fantastic dining experiences produced by
these talented chefs could not be possible without the support of Swisher
Hygiene."

The 2013 competition began earlier this year at the Biltmore in Asheville,
with Chef Adam Hayes from the Red Stag Grill taking home the win over seven
other chefs. Chef battles in the Wilmington region conclude on April 3, and
then the competition moves to Blowing Rock starting April 8, where eight chefs
from local restaurants will assemble a variety of courses at the Meadowbrook
Inn.

After a stop in Greensboro starting in May, the competition moves to Raleigh
in July before Charlotte welcomes the event for the first time in September
and October. Judging is done by guests, culinary professionals, food writers
and local celebrities who use their taste buds to decide round-by-round which
chef advances. The overall winning chef takes home $6,000.

For a list of competing restaurants, photos, past winners and to get tickets,
head to CompetitionDining.com.

About Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. is a NASDAQ and TSX listed company that provides
essential hygiene and sanitizing 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: Caleb Troop, Communications
         Phone: (704) 602-7147
         ctroop@SwisherHygiene.com
        
         Amy Simpson, Investor Relations
         Phone: (704) 602-7116
         asimpson@SwisherHygiene.com
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