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Manitoba Harvest names John Durkin VP sales

BY Michael Johnsen

WINNEPEG, Manitoba — Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods on Wednesday named John Durkin VP sales. Durkin will lead the sales team in expanding sales of Manitoba Harvest’s award-winning Hemp Hearts raw shelled hemp seeds, and the newly rebranded line up of hemp protein powders.   

“We are thrilled to have a seasoned professional like John join our dynamic team,” stated Mike Fata, Manitoba Harvest CEO. “John brings an abundance of experience and expertise that will boost Manitoba Harvest’s rapid growth.” 

Durkin is the former VP sales and marketing for Boiron. His responsibilities have included sales, marketing, public relations, education and pharmacy development. 

A native of Massachusetts, John is a graduate of Bryant University. He will be based in the Philadelphia area, where he lives with his wife and two children. 

 

 

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GNC launches new Pro Performance AMP Concentrated Intelligent Release Series products, features

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Thursday announced new the launch of new delivery systems and certification advancements across GNC’s Pro Performance AMP Concentrated Intelligent Release Series and the Pro Performance X.R. Series, along with three new AMP formulas. 

Optimal Timing Technology represents a technology breakthrough that utilizes an intelligent nutrient delivery system in exclusive GNC formulas to help athletes avoid the challenge and uncertainty of proper nutrient timing, the specialty retailer and sports nutrition manufacturer noted. The company also introduced Nitro-Factor, featuring an on-pack rating system for the product’s muscle-building potential. And through a partnership with the HFL Sports Science accredited laboratory, GNC will provide Banned Substance Free Certified/HFL Testing throughout GNC’s performance nutrition line, greatly reducing the concern athletes, parents, coaches and trainers may have relative to banned substances in organized sports.

In addition, GNC introduced three new formulas of its AMP Wheybolic Extreme 60 — Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Ripped Formula, a thermogenic protein; Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Power Formula, formulated with creatine and fenugreek to support testosterone levels and deliver more anabolic power; and Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Platinum Edition, a muscle-building formula featuring higher-dose components of glutamine, leucine and more fast-acting hydrolysates.

According to the company, the Pro Performance line of products is approaching $300 million in sales and represents the largest sports brand in the United States.

 

 

 

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Hollywood elite get behind fitness water launch

BY Michael Johnsen

LOS ANGELES — Music mogul Sean Combs and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg on Wednesday announced a joint venture with fitness and wellness water brand AQUAhydrate. Per the arrangement, Combs and Wahlberg will oversee business strategy along with CEO John Cochran, former president of Fiji Water.  

Together they will help drive the AQUAhydrate brand and be instrumental in helping secure retail partnerships for the water brand, such as their recently signed deals with Safeway, Kroger and GNC.

Already voted BevNET’s Best of 2012 award for Best Product Revamp, AQUAhydrate is a high-performance water that is formulated with performance-grade electrolytes and a higher pH level of 9+ and has caught the attention of elite athletes, active health-conscious consumers and celebrities.  

AQUAhydrate recently inked an official partnership with the Los Angeles Clippers on distribution to the team on and off the court.  

"This is a truly innovative company, and I’m thrilled to be part of it," Wahlberg said. "We all strive to do the best we can for our bodies, but sometimes schedules, stress and other factors get in the way."

"As a brand architect, I am incredibly passionate and equally committed to every aspect of the businesses that I get involved with," Combs added. "Partnering with AQUAhydrate and Mark is an incredible opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to making history in the process. … Together, we’re going to take AQUAhydrate to the next level."

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