The Vitamin Shoppe® Introduces “Next Step™” Weight Management Line

New Private Label Brand “Next Step” Offers Extensive Assortment Designed to Meet Individual Weight Management Needs

Includes Meal Replacement Shakes, Metabolism Boosters, Specialty Food Items and More

NORTH BERGEN, N.J., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Vitamin Shoppe® announced today the further expansion of its private label assortment with the introduction of Next Step TM, a new weight management line that can be personalized to wherever an individual is on their health and wellness journey. Next Step offers a wide variety of products that truly meet personal needs and busy schedules, and promote healthy weight management. Next Step is based on clinically-studied ingredients, not the fad of the moment.

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“Accelerating and developing innovative private label lines is an important initiative for the Vitamin Shoppe and we are very pleased with the progress we have made to date,” said Tony Truesdale, Chief Executive Officer, the Vitamin Shoppe. “Over the past two years we have introduced 5 sub-brands, True Athlete®, MyTritionTM, plntTM, ProBioCareTM and the latest, Next Step, which is one of our most ambitious lines to date with 25 SKUs.”

Further commenting on the launch of Next Step, Michael Martin, Category Manager, the Vitamin Shoppe, stated, “The Next Step line offers our customers a customizable weight management solution for wherever they are on their wellness journeys. We have developed delicious meal replacement shakes, high-quality supplements that help boost metabolism and control appetite, healthy alternatives to the sugar and fats that you find in your kitchen and are also introducing fitness accessories that can be easily incorporated into any exercise program.”

Next Step is about finding the right combination of healthy diet and exercise that works best for each customer. Each product in the line is designed to address specific “wants.” A customer who wants a leaner body would try Next Step products containing clinically-studied Tonalin® CLA, which helps reduce body fat and maintain lean muscle. An individual who wants an on-the-go healthy meal would try a Next Step Fit N’ Full Shake. For those who want to cook healthier, Next Step has organic, non-GMO Coconut Oil.

Next Step will begin rolling into the Vitamin Shoppe stores nationwide this week and products will continue arriving throughout the coming months with the full line available in early May.

About the Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI)

At the Vitamin Shoppe, every body matters™ is much more than just a tagline – it’s our mantra as we are dedicated to making the world a healthier place, one life at a time. Many consumers are surprised to discover that the Vitamin Shoppe offers so much more than just vitamins. As one of America’s leading health and wellness brands we’ve got over 20,000 products to choose from, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, homeopathic remedies, green living, beauty aids and more. Most importantly, we are committed to quality, knowledge and safety so you can always have trust in the products we sell.

The high-quality standards of the Vitamin Shoppe are reflected in the development of our own exclusive product lines, such as the Vitamin Shoppe, BodyTech and plnt. No matter where you may be on your wellness journey, come visit us at one of our more than 600 Vitamin Shoppe stores across the country or online at – where every body matters.

SOURCE The Vitamin Shoppe