Nutrition 21 Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2008 Financial Results

PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov 08, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nutrition 21, Inc. (NXXI) , the developer and marketer of nutritional supplements under the Chromax(R), Diabetes Essentials(TM) and Iceland Health(R) brands that help consumers manage blood sugar levels, improve cardiovascular health, enhance memory and reduce chronic joint pain, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 ended September 30, 2007.

The Company reported a 171% increase in total revenues to $12.7 million compared to $4.7 million in the comparable quarter a year ago. Net loss for the quarter was $4.1 million, or $(0.07) per fully diluted share, a slight improvement compared to the net loss of $4.1 million, or $(0.08) per fully diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007.
Paul Intlekofer, president and chief executive officer of Nutrition 21, Inc., said, "We are very pleased with the revenue growth achieved during the quarter. Our sales, through the direct response channel continue to be strong. The retail marketing and distribution plans for our Chromax, Iceland Health and Diabetes Essentials brands are achieving traction and delivering measurable results as evidenced by our expanding retail presence. This time last year, Chromax was sold in 21,000 retail store locations and one Diabetes Essentials SKU was sold in 11,100 locations. As of today, Chromax is sold in 27,000 store locations, the Diabetes Essentials line of up to 4 SKUs is sold in 16,000 store locations, Iceland Health Maximum Strength Omega-3 is sold in 21,000 locations, Iceland Health Joint Relief is in 16,000 locations and Core4Life(TM) Advanced Memory Formula(TM) was just launched into 14,000 locations. We are pleased with the execution of this important component of our strategic business plan. We have programs in place to leverage this expanded distribution and increase sales."

Mr. Intlekofer continued, "As Americans become acutely aware of the impact of obesity, diabetes and aging on their lives, our clinically-proven products provide natural solutions that address a number of conditions, including blood sugar control, heart health, memory enhancement and chronic joint pain. Working closely with our retail drug store distributors, we are in the early stages of developing brand loyalty which we believe will expand as the 'Baby Boomer' generation increasingly embraces natural solutions that can improve their quality of life. These are large and growing markets and we are dedicated to becoming a trusted partner to all consumers dedicated to living healthy and active lives."

About Nutrition 21
Nutrition 21, Inc. (NXXI) , headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and the maker of chromium picolinate-based and omega-3 fish oil-based supplements with health benefits substantiated by clinical research. Nutrition 21 holds more than 30 patents for nutrition products and uses. Nutrition 21's portfolio of health and wellness brands include: Chromax(R), Core4Life(TM) Advanced Memory Formula(TM), Diabetes Essentials(TM), Iceland Health(R) Maximum Strength Omega-3 and Iceland Health(R) Joint Relief. The company also manufactures private label supplements and ingredients for third parties. Nutrition 21 distributes its products nationally through more than 29,000 major food, drug and super center retailers as well as internationally. For more information please visit

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