Update on Business Segments and PURE’s SDC-Based Antimicrobial Solutions
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (June 14, 2022) – PURE Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: PURE), creator of the patented non-toxic silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter and nine-month period ended April 30, 2022.
Q3: Summary of Results of Operations
Nine Months: Summary of Results of Operations
PURE and Hydrite Chemical Company® entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for the dairy and plant-based beverage industries. Over the past year, PURE and Hydrite’s chemists, engineers and technical service staff have focused on the implementation of SDC to provide an efficacious solution in the dairy, beverage, and food safety segment. Hydrite, a family-owned company established in 1929, is one of the largest independent providers of chemicals and related services in the United States. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Hydrite has a network of manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and laboratories with locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, California, and Texas. In addition, Hydrite has nearly 1,000 employees in 25 states.
PURE and SmartWash Solutions® continue to develop, test and plan the rollout of PURE Control® for the fresh-cut industry. A setback occurred this April when a fire severely damaged Taylor Farms’® primary food processing facility in Salinas, California. However, Taylor Farms® remains fully operational and is running at full capacity at satellite locations in California and Yuma, Arizona. Taylor Farms plans to rebuild Salinas facility after 4-alarm fire - The King City Rustler | Your Local News Source in King City, California Additionally, Taylor Farms® is fitting an adjacent facility with Process Boost (PURE Control®-based solution) lines by late July or early August to help meet customer needs. PURE and SmartWash Solutions® continue to market PURE Control® to the fresh-cut industry.
Janitorial and Sanitation
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired® (LightHouse) began shipping PURE® Hard Surface to the National Industries for the Blind and the Government Services Administration (NIB/GSA). In addition, Lighthouse recently signed an agreement with Office Depot® to supply PURE® Hard Surface. PURE® Hard Surface is the only disinfectant sanitizer that Office Depot® expects to distribute. Initial shipments of PURE® Hard Surface have been shipped to 16 Office Depot® distribution locations.
New Members of Management
PURE has hired John Kasperski as Vice President of Sales after conducting a national search. Mr. Kasperski has 22 years of experience in selling products business-to-business. Mr. Kasperski spent the last 11 years at Ecolab,® where he was a District Manager in the central United States. During this time, the teams he led consistently exceeded sales goals. Mr. Kasperski’s experience in chemical sales gives him a deep understanding of PURE’s customers, their decision-making processes and buying habits. He is implementing a sales plan that provides PURE with “boots on the ground” in the top four regions of the country to service restaurants, schools, long-term care facilities and hospitality, as well as a restructure of current PURE corporate accounts to increase sales revenue and provide customer support. PURE is currently recruiting for the Midwest and West Coast regions after attending the annual National Restaurant Association Exposition, which hosted approximately 55,000 attendees.
PURE also has hired Dr. Zhinong Yan as Executive Vice President of Science and Business Development. Dr. Yan has over 30 years of academic and industry experience in microbiology and food safety. Since joining PURE, Dr. Yan was instrumental in technical discussions with Hydrite and other PURE distributors. He also introduced PURE to global food companies and is guiding research on applications of PURE Control® at the University of Georgia and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining PURE, Dr. Yan was the Executive Director of Walmart’s® Food Safety Collaboration Center in Beijing, China, and the Food Safety Director for Ecolab® in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Yan also has served as the Senior Food Safety Scientist for Commercial Food Sanitation®, Intralox® and Mol Belting Systems®. Before working in industry, he was a research assistant professor at Michigan State University focusing on industry food safety needs, including sanitation. Dr. Yan has been actively engaged in food safety-related associations and promoting food safety globally with his strong leadership and networking. Dr. Yan received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in plant pathology.
Tom Y. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The addition of John Kasperski, Vice President of Sales, to the sales team is the first step to expand regionally across the United States. The near-term focus is to develop and service the food preparation, food service, education, and long-term care segments. We believe supporting our distributors and current customer base using our new “boots on the ground” approach will help gain customer acceptance and confidence. We expect to increase revenue and expand into other regions of the United States. Dr. Zhinong Yan, Executive Vice President of Science and Business Development, is another great addition to the PURE team. We look forward to leveraging Dr. Yan’s unique skill set to grow sales, both foreign and domestic,” concluded Lee.
About PURE Bioscience, Inc.
PURE is focused on developing and commercializing our proprietary antimicrobial products primarily in the food safety arena. We provide solutions to combat the health and environmental challenges of pathogen and hygienic control. Our technology platform is based on patented, stabilized ionic silver, and our initial products contain silver dihydrogen citrate, better known as SDC. This is a broad-spectrum, non-toxic antimicrobial agent, and formulates well with other compounds. As a platform technology, SDC is distinguished from existing products in the marketplace because of its superior efficacy, reduced toxicity and mitigation of bacterial resistance. PURE is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, California (San Bernardino metropolitan area). Additional information on PURE is available at www.purebio.com.
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Mark Elliott, VP Finance
PURE Bioscience, Inc.
Phone: 619-596-8600 ext.: 116