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Phusion Projects introduces Island Squeeze in time for summer

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — The company behind Four Loko is getting into the frozen cocktail business.

Phusion Projects announced the launch of Island Squeeze, a frozen pouch cocktail. Each malt-based cocktail — which tout 6% alcohol by volume — is individually packaged and can be frozen and squeezed into a glass or served over ice. The line is available in pink lemonade light, pina colada, margarita and strawberry daquiri flavors.

"Phusion Projects continues to bring to market products that appeal to various customers and resonate with what they want," Phusion Projects co-founder Chris Hunter said, "Island Squeeze is the perfect warm-weather drink, doesn’t require a blender, doesn’t make a mess and offers an improved formulation and consistency for consumers in comparison to other frozen pouches."

Island Squeeze pouches are available in 12-packs of 10-oz., single-serve pouches. The suggested retail price for each pouch is $1.99.

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Nipro Diagnostics names new CFO

BY Allison Cerra

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics has appointed a new finance chief.

The manufacturer and marketer of blood-glucose monitoring products and supplies for diabetes management said Dean Sorrentino has joined the company as CFO. Sorrentino will have responsibility for the company’s accounting, treasury, tax, legal and information technology functions, and will partner with other senior executives to oversee companywide business operations. Prior to joining the company, he served as VP and corporate controller at CompuPay.

"I am pleased to have Dean join the Nipro Diagnostics team," Nipro Diagnostics president and CEO Scott Verner said. "He is uniquely suited for this position, as he brings extensive financial knowledge, as well as a deep understanding of our business."


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Good ‘N Natural bars roll out nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — A line of gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition bars is being rolled out nationwide.

Created with health-conscious consumers in mind, Good ‘N Natural fruit, nut and seed bars feature gluten-free rolled oats, organic maple syrup, 5 g of fiber and 10 g of protein, and are available in four varieties, including cranberry almond, peanut butter, chocolate and lemon. The bars are being rolled out to stores nationwide.

"Good ‘N Natural bars have come a long way since I first started creating them in my kitchen eight years ago, so you can imagine how excited I am to be able to share them with everyone across the country with this nationwide rollout," Good ‘N Natural bars Sarah Walker said. "We understand the trend toward finding a convenient snack that not only tastes good, but provides the nutritional benefits necessary for an active lifestyle — we’re proud that we’ve created a bar that accomplishes all of that, using natural whole food ingredients."

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