Bio-K Plus International is expanding its portfolio of probiotic products and is launching a new line of functional beverages infused with probiotics

Bio-K | October 22, 2020

Bio-K Plus International Inc. (Bio-K Plus), pioneer in the probiotic sector and leader in the biotech industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its new line of functional beverages, Essential. Focused on offering premium quality probiotics that make a real difference in people's lives around the world, the company is adding the Essential line to its existing Pro and Original lines. In keeping with this tradition of high quality, the Essential line fits perfectly into the active and modern lifestyle of today's consumer, always looking for innovative ways to stay healthy. Bio-K Plus offers a dose of probiotics in the form of fun, delightful and balanced functional beverages. This announcement is the result of more than two years of research and development carried out by Bio-K Plus' experienced team that has developed the best line of functional beverages infused with probiotic bacteria. This project was led by Martin Croteau, Chief Commercial Officer, and was driven by the need to democratize probiotics, making them more accessible for all, and broaden their use to support global health in a more holistic manner.

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Young patients and their caregivers who enter Children’s Mercy Adele Hall are greeted by displays of colorful characters mounted from the ceiling and walls, whimsical designs and vibrant furnishings. But there’s much more to this facility than its cheerful decor. Children’s Mercy Hospital is consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation by multiple sources including U.S. News & World Report. For more than 120 years, the 367-bed hospital has provided comprehensive care for children in Kansas City, Missouri and beyond.

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Young patients and their caregivers who enter Children’s Mercy Adele Hall are greeted by displays of colorful characters mounted from the ceiling and walls, whimsical designs and vibrant furnishings. But there’s much more to this facility than its cheerful decor. Children’s Mercy Hospital is consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation by multiple sources including U.S. News & World Report. For more than 120 years, the 367-bed hospital has provided comprehensive care for children in Kansas City, Missouri and beyond.

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