Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pomegranate-Blueberry and Piña Colada Bars, Plus Mango Quarts and Piña Colada Pints are added to the Popular ¡Hola Fruta!® Line

Pierre’s Ice Cream Company, a leader in the production and distribution of gourmet ice cream products, announces three new additions to its highly successful ¡Hola Fruta!® product line available in the greater Cincinnati area. Translated “Hello Fruit,” the ¡Hola Fruta!® product line contains all-natural, unique sherbet flavors blended from the finest fruit purees and luscious pieces of real fruit. Mango will be the eighth flavor added to the line, which already includes: Margarita, Peach, Piña Colada, Pomegranate, Pomegranate-Blueberry, Raspberry, and Strawberry. Also, Piña Colada was added to the Pint line. In addition, the company is introducing two new 100-calorie ¡Hola Fruta!® bars in Pomegranate-Blueberry and Piña Colada. ¡Hola Fruta!® products are available at Kroger, Bigg’s, Circle K, and Discount Drug stores in Greater Cincinnati.

In 2007, ¡Hola Fruta!® was launched in more than 3,000 stores nationwide. Since then, that number has increased by 46% with the eight unique ¡Hola Fruta!® flavors and two flavors of bars being sold at more than 4,400 stores in 34 states. Stores which featured ¡Hola Fruta!® last year experienced double digit growth in their sherbet categories (versus previous year’s sales).

“Success of the ¡Hola Fruta!® line shows there is enthusiasm for a product like this in the marketplace. By identifying unique and emerging flavors, and creating formulas which incorporate delicious fruit purees and real pieces of fruit, we are able to introduce a different kind of sherbet to consumers,” said Shelley Roth, president of Pierre’s Ice Cream Company. “With the new flavors and new bars, and a fun marketing campaign, we expect great things from ¡Hola Fruta!® in 2008. Plus, we will continue to look for new ways to expand our product line and offer the great tasting, low fat treats that delight our customers.”

Pierre’s has also launched an exciting new marketing initiative known as Fiesta FridaySM to coincide with the introduction of the new products. The Fiesta FridaySM Promotion gives consumers an opportunity to win free ¡Hola Fruta!® in the form of a complete “fiesta” or “party” kit for their office, company, group, organization or school.

Individuals are encouraged to visit www.holafruta.com to register for a chance to win the Fiesta FridaySM prizes for their group. Pierre’s expects to award approximately 350 prize packages. No purchase is required.

This program is a fun way to say “Happy Friday” or simply celebrate with friends or coworkers!

The Fiesta FridaySM giveaway includes:

5 Quarts of ¡Hola Fruta!® (assorted flavors)
50 Bowls
50 Spoons
100 Napkins
2 Ice Cream Scoops
1 Table Cover
6 Signs / Invitations
25 - Discount coupons for ¡Hola Fruta!®
8 Strands of Party Beads
1 Pair Maracas

All eight flavors of ¡Hola Fruta!® super-premium pure fruit sherbet are naturally low in fat and cholesterol. With 130-150 calories per ½ cup serving, it makes a great indulgence for those looking for a delicious, all natural treat while trying to watch their weight. ¡Hola Fruta!® can also be combined with additional ingredients to make other delectable desserts and refreshing drinks (recipes available upon request). ¡Hola Fruta!® is the newest addition to an already extensive line of products by Pierre’s Ice Cream, a company that has been dishing up gourmet family treats for more than 75 years.

¡Hola Fruta!® can be found nationwide in Acme (Northeast Ohio), Bi-Rite, Brookshire Bros., Buehler’s, Busch’s, Circle K (Great Lakes Division), City Market, Community Markets, Dave’s, Dillon, Discount Drug Mart, Fisher Foods, Five Star Stores, Fresh Encounters, Fry’s, Fulmer’s, Giant Eagle, Giant Foods, Great Scot, Heinen’s, IGA, Ingles, King Soopers, Kroger, Lowes, Marc’s, Ralph’s, Rego’s, Riesbeck’s, Shaw’s, Shop-Rite, Smith’s, Spartan Stores, Star Market, Super K-Mart (Northeast Ohio), Tops, United Supermarkets, VG’s, Walgreen’s (Northeast Ohio), Winn Dixie and Zagara’s.

¡Hola Fruta!® Premium Pure Fruit Sherbet is sold in quarts, pints and bars, with colorful, eye-catching graphics and labeling information printed in both English and Spanish. The average retail price range for the quart container and bars is $4.79-$4.99, and the average retail price range for a pint container is $3.79-$3.99. ¡Hola Fruta!® is certified Kosher (OU-D) by the Orthodox Union.

¡Hola Fruta! Available at Kroger, Bigg’s, Circle K, and Discount Drug Stores in Greater Cincinnati.

NOTE: Have tried these and they are wonderful. Highly recommended.

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