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Agostoni Chocolate and Ganeden Launch Probiotic Chocolates Designed for Private Label OTC–Supplement Buyers

Joint product development project delivers unique probiotic enhanced chocolates in size and packaging options optimized for supplement category

CLEVELAND, OH (March 11, 2011) – Ganeden, Inc, maker of the patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30, and Agostoni Chocolate, an Italian farm–to–bar producer of all natural premium chocolates, today announced they will launch an extension to their range of probiotic–enhanced private label chocolates at Natural Products Expo West (March 11 to 13, Anaheim, California). The result of a joint product development and buyer–testing program in 2010, the new probiotic chocolate range is fine–tuned to satisfy the price point, flavor profile and on–shelf presentation needs of private label OTC–supplement buyers.

The new Agostoni program offers a delicious daily supplement dose of premium dark chocolate combined with the probiotic ingredient, GanedenBC30 probiotic in a small 0.18 oz mini–disk format. Supplement buyers can choose their preferred chocolate formula: either 70% or 60% cocoa in either conventional or organic formats. Two chocolates a day delivers a probiotic dose that permits digestive and immune wellness support label claims in a serving of about 50 calories.

These special probiotic chocolates are individually flow–wrapped so consumers can tuck them in a wallet, purse or lunch bag for enjoyment on the go. For a strong presence on the store shelf, the tasting disks come in two retail share–pack box sizes: 14–day (28 disk) and 30–day (60 disk) supply.

“Consumers already recognize the wellness benefits of dark chocolate,” explained Agostoni’s North American director, Bruno Montesano. “Therefore, we’re very pleased to have Ganeden’s support in developing a probiotic chocolate with GanedenBC30 that takes us beyond our traditional confectionary offering into the OTC–supplement category.”

This new OTC–supplements program complements the existing Agostoni/Ganeden private label probiotic snack–bar chocolate program announced in 2010. Aimed at confectionary buyers, the original program featured 1.2 oz bars delivered in paper envelope wrappers and custom–printed display caddies for effective merchandising in the confectionary aisle.

“Ganeden is pleased to continue its partnership with Agostoni Chocolate in creating high quality probiotic chocolates”, said Ganeden’s CEO Andrew Lefkowitz. “Launching a convenient probiotic chocolate OTC supplement makes sense for both companies because it continues to strengthen the GanedenBC30 brand while featuring Agostoni’s premium chocolate.”

To learn more about this program, visit the Agostoni Chocolate (booth # 5453) or Ganeden (booth # 1018) at Natural Products Expo West. Or contact Anjali Batra–Bonfante of Agostoni Chocolate directly at 213-261-0057 ext 308 or abonfante@agostonichocolate.com.

About Ganeden:

Ganeden is at the forefront of probiotic research and product development with an extensive library of published studies and more than 100 patents for probiotic technologies in the food, beverage, animal health, sports nutrition and personal care ingredients markets. Ganeden is best known for GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), its patented, FDA GRAS, non-GMO, highly stable probiotic ingredient.  Ganeden's newest ingredient, Bonicel, is the first science-backed, probiotic-derived, personal care ingredient shown to dramatically reduce signs of aging.  For more information about Ganeden and licensing opportunities visit GanedenProbiotics.com.

About Agostoni Chocolate:

Family operated since 1946, Agostoni Chocolate is an Italian modern artisan farm–to–bar producer of premium all natural chocolate. A global leader in organic cocoa processing (approximately 20% of global supply), the Agostoni family secures superior quality fermented cocoa beans (conventional and organic) for production of cocoa liquor, butter, powder and finished chocolate through an exclusive Equal Partner Direct Buying program, in place in key origins since 1980. Agostoni Chocolate is a wholly–owned subsidiary of ICAM S.p.A. based in Lecco, Italy. AgostoniChocolate.com.

Ganeden is a science focused organization dedicated to bringing superior probiotics to markets that have been otherwise unmet by traditional solutions.

All Ganeden ingredients are made in the United States of America.