Introducing GNC Body Answers Grapefruit Diet; Weight management program provides convenient way to incorporate benefits of grapefruit compounds into daily regime

PITTSBURGH, Nov 12, 2003 -- General Nutrition Centers, the nation's largest specialty retailer of nutritional supplements, introduced today the GNC Body Answers(TM) Grapefruit Diet, a convenient way to incorporate the benefits of grapefruit into a total healthy body regimen or weight management program. This product has been awarded with the certification mark "Made with Florida Citrus" by the State of Florida Department of Citrus.

Featuring CitraSens(TM) 100 percent organic whole Florida grapefruit, including fruit and pulp, GNC Body Answers Grapefruit Diet provides a wide range of beneficial compounds found in grapefruit and grapefruit juice. The program, which was rolled out to its chain of GNC stores nationwide beginning in October, also includes a 14-day meal and exercise plan to help manage weight.

"An increasing number of Americans are seeing the benefits of supplementing a healthy daily regimen, including nutritious meals, with grapefruit, grapefruit pulp and grapefruit juice," said Charlie Chiaverini, GNC Vice President, Sports and Diet. "By adding GNC Body Answers Grapefruit Diet into their existing diet and exercise programs, or by following our own recommended plan, consumers now have a convenient and way to incorporate those benefits into a healthy lifestyle, from a brand they can trust."

As a dietary supplement, one 500mg GNC Body Answers Grapefruit Diet capsule should be taken three times daily before meals with eight ounces of water. GNC Body Answers Grapefruit Diet contains no starch, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no wheat, no gluten, no corn, no soy, no dairy, and is yeast free.

General Nutrition Companies, Inc. (GNC), based in Pittsburgh, PA, is the largest nationwide specialty retailer of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, sports nutrition as well as personal care and related products. GNC operates more than 5,300 retail outlets throughout the United States, including 1,360 domestic franchise locations, and 33 foreign markets including Canada and Mexico. GNC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Numico N.V., a worldwide market leader in specialized nutrition that includes infant and clinical nutrition and nutritional supplements. Headquartered in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, Royal Numico operates in over 100 countries and has research facilities in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, China, Australia and in the US. Additional information can be found on and www.gnc.com.

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