Submitted by aio:
AIO’S NEW AND NUTRITIOUS ICE CREAM INNOVATION TO HIT STORES STATEWIDE
aio today announced the launch of Brio®, a richly delicious, smartly nutritious ice cream product offered by its subsidiary, Nutricopia, and distributed by Meadow Gold® Dairy. Brio is now available statewide at stores including Foodland, Foodland Farms, Sack N Save, KTA Super Stores, Pukalani Superette and the Waikoloa Village Market, following a successful soft launch at KTA Super Stores and Waikoloa Village Market on the Big Island in January.
The idea of an ice cream that is both healthy and delicious originated with twin brothers Arnie and Ron Koss, founders of Earth’s Best, the first organic baby food company in the nation. To pursue their dream of a better-for-you ice cream, Ron led the product development team that included former Ben & Jerry’s top flavor developers and noted nutritionists, in a process that spanned 10 years and garnered two patents.
Certified gluten free, non-GMO and low glycemic, Brio is touted for its flavorful wholesome ingredients. Brio is naturally flavored with organic salted caramel with Madagascar vanilla, real cocoa, real coffee and real mango and strawberry. Brio is free of artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors and does not contain stevia, monk fruit or erythritol.
“Brio has a rich and creamy texture, but with half the total fat and 25–30 percent less calories (just 160 to 170 calories in a serving) than super premium ice cream,” said Arnie Koss, president of Nutricopia Inc.
Brio has a long list of nutritional benefits — it contains balanced Omega 3, 6, 9s, six grams of protein and two grams of fiber. Brio is also antioxidant-rich and provides an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D, with 25 essential micronutrients in all, including folic acid.
“Brio expands the eating occasions for ice cream,” said Koss. ”Brio offers a richly satisfying dessert, a smart after-school snack, a nutrient-rich boost for a smoothie or shake, a performance nutrition choice for athletes, a convenient option when you’re too busy for a regular meal and a yummy alternative to nutrition drinks.”
“We’re excited to make this new and innovative product available on our shelves,” said Derek Kurisu, executive vice president of KTA Super Stores. “With so many focused on living a healthy and wellness-oriented lifestyle, we feel it’s important to provide our customers with wholesome and nutritious options like Brio.”
Brio is available in Spring Strawberry, Vanilla Caramel, Coffee Latte, Tropical Mango and Mellow Dark Chocolate, in convenient 4 oz. single-serve and 14 oz. small pint sizes.
Brio®, a nutritious frozen dairy dessert, was launched in 2014 by brothers Arnie and Ron Koss, best known as the founders of the organic baby food brand Earth’s Best. Brio is certified gluten free, non-GMO and low glycemic. Rich in antioxidants, with six grams of protein, balanced Omega 3-6-9s, two grams of fiber and an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D, Brio also provides a total of 25 essential micronutrients. On average, when compared to similar flavors of super premium ice creams, Brio has 25 percent fewer calories per 4 fluid ounce serving, half the total fat, 65 percent less saturated fat, 75 percent less cholesterol and 10 percent less sugar. Follow Brio on Twitter @BrioIceCream, Facebook at www.facebook.com/brioicecreamand on Instagram at brio_ice_cream, or visit www.brioicecream.com.
aio is a Hawaii-based holding company that also owns and operates companies specializing in media, technology, sports and food. aio is dedicated to living and promoting the unique values of Hawaii, its culture and its people. The corporate culture of aio is firmly rooted in the spirit of aloha and the power of Hawaii's local values.
The following companies are owned and operated by aio: Nutricopia, Brio, Punaluu Bakeshop, Pagoda Floating Restaurant and Hukilau Honolulu; Frolic Hawaii, Pacific Basin Communications: Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, Hawaii Home & Remodeling, Mana Magazine, Honolulu Family Magazine, Honolulu Shops Magazine, Whalers Village Magazine and Kahala Mall Magazine; Watermark Publishing, ESPN 1420AM, NBC Sports Radio AM 1500, B. Hayman, Obun Hawaii, Upspring Media, Milan Marketplace, Talisman LBS. For more information on aio, please visit www.aiohawaii.comor call (808) 534-7555