H-E-B is the first retailer to stock the soup aisle with the Famous SoupMan soups!
New York, NY – May 15, 2012 — Soupman, Inc. (OTCBB: SOUP) announced today that The Original SoupMan, the long-adored and best-tasting soup brand in the world, intends to debut its shelf stable eco-friendly carton soups in early June 2012 with a launch at leading Texas-based H-E-B Stores .
Operating 337 retail stores in Texas and northern Mexico, H-E-B delivers fresh food, quality products and convenient services tailored to each specific location. Known for their quality produce and wide selection of brand availability, H-E-B was named “Retailer of the Year” by Progressive Grocer in 2010 and, in 2008, ranked number 13 in the “Top 75 North American Food Retailers” by Supermarket News.
“We are proud to have H-E-B to be the first ever to carry our soups in grocery as they are a leader in the soup category focusing on quality and taste” said, Arnold Casale, CEO of SoupMan, Inc. He added, “We are grateful to debut our brand new eco-friendly cartons as H-E-B is one of the nation’s top supermarkets.” Shaquille O’Neal, a partner in SoupMan, exclaimed, “We are happy to say, SOUP FOR YOU TEXAS!”
SoupMan’s new shelf-stable carton soups enable The Original SoupMan soups to be in the main soup aisle along with Campbell’s® (NYSE:CPB) and Progresso® (NYSE:GIS) soups, where over $6 billion in annual soup purchases occur, allowing soup aficionados nationwide to enjoy the same spectacular ingredients and innovative flavors that have made the New York City flagship storefront, a soup mecca since 1984. The shelf-stable soups will initially be available in 4 of our beloved flavors, Lobster Bisque, Chicken Noodle, Lentil and Tomato Bisque, and they feature the same obsessive perfectionism and eclectic varieties for which the brand is famous. H-E-B will carry all 4 flavors beginning with the product launch schedule for early June 2012. The suggested retail price is $3.79 to $3.99 for a two serving 17.3 oz package.
About SoupMan, Inc.:
In 1984, The Original SoupMan opened its doors at 55th Street & 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The tiny storefront quickly became a worldwide destination. Rated #1 by Zagat and praised by the New York Times as “Art, not Soup”, it set the standard for innovation and excellence long before the famous Seinfeld episode made it a cultural icon. The Company’s franchise operations include highly visible locations in the Mohegan Sun Casinos and more. The Company’s branded soup is also being offered by Tim Horton’s, Earl of Sandwich and other leading QSRs. Original SoupMan products are now available in innovative shelf-stable cartons for sale in the soup aisle nationally of major supermarket chains. The Company also distributes its products through the food service channel, including school lunch programs. Shaquille O’Neal serves as an advisor to, and equity partner in the Company, as does Mr. October, Reggie Jackson and Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated and Tony Award® winning actor Jason Alexander. SOUPMAN INC, parent company of The Original SoupMan, Inc. www.originalsoupman.com, is a fully reporting public company trading on the OTC Bulletin Board® (OTCBB) under the ticker symbol SOUP. For additional information on SoupMan, Inc. please visit: www.soupmaninc.com. Follow us on Twitter @ OriginalSoupMan and “Like” us on Facebook.
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