GoodBelly Responds to SOS Calls of Sick Cruisers

BOULDER, Colo. — GoodBelly, a line of delicious probiotic juice drinks formulated for daily digestive health, is responding after passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ship were struck with an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, presumably due to norovirus. With hundreds of passengers and their tummies signaling SOS to “Save Our Stomachs,” GoodBelly is going the nautical mile and offering vouchers for three free products to all passengers who were aboard the ship.

“Nothing ruins a vacation faster than vomiting and diarrhea, so we’re here to answer the SOS call of tummy distress with free GoodBelly,” said Alan Murray, CEO of GoodBelly. “When we heard more than 600 passengers and crew members had become ill, we wanted to help. We can’t do much about a fantasy trip cut short, but we’d like to offer those affected by this wave of illness something to help reset their digestive systems and get their tummies back on track.”

Passengers who were on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise ship that departed from Cape Liberty, New Jersey bound for the Caribbean on January 21, 2014 can claim their free product vouchers by emailing proof of passage in the form of a boarding pass, itinerary confirmation or Seapass along with mailing address to Eligible candidates will receive three free product vouchers via US Postal Service within four to six weeks. Each voucher can be used to redeem one GoodBelly+, GoodBelly StraightShot or GoodBelly Quart product. All claims must be received by February 28, 2014, 11:59 pm MST.

With 70 percent of the body’s immune system dwelling in the digestive tract, a properly functioning digestive system is essential to maintaining overall health. Probiotics have been found to ease symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and other common digestive aliments, as well as support proper immune function. Probiotics help maintain natural digestive balance, and are an important part of restoring healthy microflora and getting bellies back on track. While studies have shown that probiotics may help balance bacteria in the gut when consumed as part of a nutritious and healthy lifestyle, GoodBelly is not a treatment or cure for any illness or medical condition, including norovirus.

GoodBelly probiotic juice drinks are non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan and kosher, with several new gluten free options, including Carrot Ginger, Tropical Orange and Fermented Probiotic Coconut Water. Made with the well-researched probiotic strain, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (LP299V®), GoodBelly supports digestive health when consumed daily.* Unlike many other live and active cultures, LP299V survives passage beyond the stomach’s acidic environment in order to support the rest of the digestive system.

GoodBelly can be found in the refrigerated section of grocery, natural and specialty retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market, Hannaford and more. To learn more about GoodBelly products, please visit

About NextFoods

NextFoods is a functional foods company, and manufacturer of GoodBelly probiotic juice drinks. The company was formed by natural foods pioneer Steve Demos, founder and former president of WhiteWave Inc., and industry veteran Todd Beckman, former vice president of business development and operations at WhiteWave, the largest producer and marketer of soy-based products (Silk®brand) in the United States. Based in Boulder, Colorado, NextFoods is committed to developing a series of world-class, highly nutritious, next generation foods while using sustainable and socially-responsible organic practices whenever possible. To learn more about NextFoods and GoodBelly products, please visit

*Some studies suggest GoodBelly’s probiotic may help balance the bacteria in your gut when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, please consult a health care professional.