December 8, 2011

Swisher Hygiene to Acquire Specialty Products of America

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 8, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene Inc. ("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider of essential hygiene and sanitation products and services, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of Specialty Products of America, LLC ("Specialty Products"), subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Specialty Products develops, markets and manufactures chemical programs for distributors in the Southeastern United States. These programs include a wide range of warewashing, housekeeping, cleaning, building maintenance, floor care and air care products.  Concurrent with the acquisition, Bill Mercur and Phil Seid, the owners of Specialty Products, will be joining Swisher Hygiene.

"The acquisition of Specialty Products is another step in the expansion of our growing distributor program that partners with leading foodservice and jan-san distributors across the country," said Steven R. Berrard, Chief Executive Officer of Swisher Hygiene. "In addition, the acquisition of Specialty Products allows us to further expand our manufacturing capabilities, consolidate our raw material purchases and reduce product costs."

Upon closing, total consideration to be paid for by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes $517,000 in cash, the assumption of certain liabilities and the issuance of 114,810 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to customary restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this news release, including any information as to the future financial or operating performance of Swisher Hygiene, 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 news 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. The estimates and assumptions of Swisher Hygiene contained in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth herein as well as the accuracy of management's assessment of the effects of the successful completion and integration of the acquisitions.  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 news 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 December 31, 2010, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 and the most recent registration statement on Form S-1 each filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on, and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher Hygiene's SEDAR profile at, 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 The forward-looking information set forth in this news 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. The company's most recent program enhancement is its introduction of solid waste management services to commercial and residential customers in selected markets. Together, this broad set of offerings is designed to promote superior cleanliness and sanitation in all commercial environments from door to dumpster, 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.

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