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Brio ice cream honored with three industry awards

Healthful dairy dessert lauded for quality, nutritious ingredients and benefits

MONTPELIER, Vt. (March 23, 2016) Brio, the brand that “loves you back,” is feeling the love after being named a winner and finalist in three separate industry accolades. The premium-style dairy dessert with roots in Hawaii and Vermont was honored by the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 FABI (Food and Beverage Industry) Awards, Engredea’s 2016 NutrAwards and Delicious Living magazine’s 2016 Supplement Awards.

“We’re thrilled to be selected by these influential industry experts, and to see Brio recognized for its cutting-edge, better-for-you ingredients,” said co-founder Arnie Koss. Fellow co-founder and twin
brother Ron Koss added, “With Brio, we’ve revolutionized the ice cream category, transforming this beloved treat into something that’s also healthy and packed with nutrients.”

Driven by their passion for healthy and innovative foods, the Koss brothers – who also founded Earth’s Best Baby Food – spent 10 years perfecting Brio. Led by Ron, they tapped into experts including
dietitians and nutritionists as well as former flavor developers from fellow Vermont brand Ben & Jerry’s. The result is a treat that’s indulgent yet guilt-free, made with organic whole milk from pasture-raised cows and premium, non-GMO ingredients that together bring the flavor and nutrition. Brio has 20 percent less calories and half the fat of typical brands, delivers balanced Omega 3-6-9s, and is rich in antioxidants, protein, probiotics, micronutrients and calcium. 

Brio is part of aio Foods, which is based in Honolulu. In addition to its Hawaii office, the company has an office in Montpelier, Vt. 

The National Restaurant Association’s FABI Awards honor progressive food and beverage products that make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. Winners were selected by an independent panel of foodservice, culinary and consumer packaged goods experts who evaluate products on their exciting benefits to restaurant operators and consumers. Brio will continue celebrating its FABI award win with an appearance at the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 21-24 in Chicago, exhibiting at booth #7665 under the mantle of its parent company, Nutricopia, Inc.

Also on March 10, Brio was named a winner in the Best Finished Product category of Engredea’s NutrAwards. A panel of industry experts, scientists and nutritionists evaluated NutrAward submissions
based on criteria including product viability, concept creativity, distinct health applications and unique packaging. Attendees of the Engredea trade show in Anaheim, Calif. also voted on finalists, with winners named as part of the annual event’s festivities. Engredea organizers lauded Brio as a “premium ice cream with health benefits” and “an indulgent ice cream like no other,” thanks to its multivitamin and multimineral content, probiotics, omega-3s and better-for-you nutrition panel.

Additionally, Brio was named as a runner-up in the Best Meal Replacement category of Delicious Living magazine’s annual Supplement Awards, which highlight the best in safe, natural, high-quality
supplement products. The awards are published in the magazine’s March issue. You love ice cream! Brio loves you back.

These wins come on the heels of Brio’s recent product line upgrades and package redesign, which were unveiled at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in early March. The re-formulated product line features organic whole milk from pasture-raised cows and probiotic cultures. The six varieties -- Coffee Latte, Mellow Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel, Tropical Mango, Madagascar Vanilla and Spring Strawberry -- are flavored with real Madagascar vanilla, organic sea-salt caramel, cocoa, real coffee, ripe strawberries and Alphonso mango. Brio is certified gluten-free and certified kosher, and there are never any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.

Both an indulgent dessert and a smart, satisfying anytime snack, Brio expands the eating occasions for ice cream. It stands on its own as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon refreshment, makes a nourishing
after school treat for kids, provides a nutrient-rich boost in smoothies, serves as a delicious meal supplement alternative, and even acts as an electrolyte-rich post workout replenishment for athletes.

Sold in clean and colorful new packaging, Brio will be available in new 3.6 oz. single serve packs and will include a convenient built-in spoon. Four-packs of single serves will also be on shelves this spring, in addition to the traditional 14 oz. pints. For a store locator, visit brioicecream.com.

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About Brio

Brio strives to help people of all ages and activity levels live with brio in the truest sense of the word – with vigor, energy and vitality – resulting from good health supported by optimum nutrition. The
company believes that it is easier to eat smart with delicious, fun foods that are also healthy. By creating a unique “ice cream with benefits,” Brio can help more people eat smart every day. Brio ice cream is all about quality, nutrition and innovation. It offers exceptional nutritional value along with true ice cream pleasure, fun and satisfaction, making it perfect for anyone interested in more healthful eating. To learn more about the ice cream transformation Brio has accomplished, visit the company online at BrioIcecream.com.

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