NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- (OTCBB: SOUP) -- Today, The Original SoupMan announced that basketball superstar, entrepreneur, actor, musical artist and world-wide brand Shaquille O'Neal will join SoupMan, Inc. as a partner, brand champion, adviser, and all-around SouperMan.
"The soup at The Original SoupMan is Shaqalicious and I am excited to be a part of it," said Shaquille O'Neal. "I'm looking forward to helping the Company grow, eating all the soup I want and Touting about it. My favorite so far is Lobster Bisque, everyone should try it! The soups are healthy, great tasting and satisfying."
Shaquille O'Neal is an American icon known around the globe for his superior performance. He is an NBA legend, business guru, TV commentator, platinum-selling musical artist, social media phenomenon with more than 4 million Twitter followers, starred in his own reality show and has appeared in numerous films. His business ventures include early stage investing in Vitamin Water and Google. Most recently, Shaq is a shareholder in and working to make the 15-second video service "TOUT" a household brand.
Mr. O'Neal is a big fan of SoupMan. Shaq's lifelong love of soup, passion for promoting healthy eating and The Original SoupMan's world-renowned taste are a slam dunk recipe for success.
Expanding its new restaurant model to include authentic, fresh-sliced New York Deli sandwiches, the Company has opened its first West Coast restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco as well as new restaurants in New York City and Connecticut, bringing the number of operating units to 19. In addition, the Original SoupMan's heat-and-serve product lines are expected to be available in the soup aisle of supermarkets nationwide in 2012.
SoupMan Inc. CEO, Arnold Casale, confirmed that O'Neal has become a shareholder in the company and will maintain a visible presence as part of it.
"We are extremely excited that Mr. O'Neal has joined the SoupMan team," said CEO Arnold Casale, "and believe that Mr. O'Neal will help us further grow the SoupMan brand."
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About The Original SoupMan:
In 1984, Al Yeganeh opened his first soup shop at 55th Street & 8th Avenue in Manhattan. It soon set the standard for innovation and excellence in soups and gained global fame as the inspiration behind a famous Seinfeld episode. With a growing portfolio of The Original SoupMan franchises and his new packaged line of premium gourmet "Heat-n-Serve" soups available at fine supermarkets nationwide, Al and his experienced team are giving everyone the opportunity to experience quality soup as it was meant to be – at home, or away! On February 1, 2011, SOUPMAN INC, a public reporting, commenced trading on the OTC Bulletin Board® (OTCBB) under the ticker symbol SOUP. For additional information, please visit: www.originalsoupman.com, friend us on Facebook at OriginalSoupMan or follow us on Twitter via handle @OriginalSoupMan.
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