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Ecoark Holdings, Inc. Establishes $10 Million Credit Facility to Accelerate Growth

ROGERS, Ark., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ecoark Holdings, Inc. (“Ecoark”), to be renamed Zest Technologies, Inc., (ZEST), an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain, has established a revolving credit facility with Trend Discovery SPV I, LLC for up to $10 million that will help fund the company’s continued growth and market development. Ecoark’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Zest Labs, continues to see a high-level of interest in its freshness management and operational efficiency solutions from national growers and leading retailers across North America.

Ecoark has right-sized Zest Technology operating expenses now that Zest Labs has commercialized its software and reduced its development costs and increased spending in sales and marketing.  In addition, Ecoark Holdings expects to sell or close the remaining subsidiaries, excluding Zest Labs, in 2019, allowing management to focus and invest in Zest Labs moving forward. 

“Zest Labs will enter 2019 with industry-leading clients and customer prospects that can lead to significant revenue growth,” said Randy May, CEO of Ecoark. “This credit facility will help ensure that we can fund the investment necessary to execute against those opportunities, meeting the pace of interest we see in the market with commercial borrowings without diluting our shareholders equity. It is great to work with Trend Discovery Capital Management and align with their successful strategy of funding strong management teams with emerging technologies.”

About Ecoark Holdings, Inc.

Founded in 2011, Ecoark is an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain for a wide range of organizations including growers, distributors and retailers. The company’s Zest FreshTM solution, a breakthrough approach to quality management of post-harvest fresh food, is specifically designed to help substantially reduce the $161 billion amount of food loss the U.S. experiences each year. Through item-level monitoring and real-time predictive analytics, Zest Fresh enables customers to improve the freshness and quality of produce, realize substantial cost savings and reduce food waste. To learn more about Zest Fresh click here.

About Trend Discovery Capital Management

Trend Discovery invests in a select number of early stage startups each year as part of the fund’s Venture Capital strategy. We are open-minded investors with a founder first mentality. Check out our Portfolio to see examples of the types of startups that we are excited about. To learn more about Trend Discovery click here.

Forward Looking Statement
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Investor Relations: 
John Mills
ICR
646-277-1254
John.Mills@icrinc.com

Public Relations: 
Greg Wood
Zeno Group for Zest Labs
650-801-7958 
Greg.Wood@zenogroup.com