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November 08, 2012 (Cleveland)

CHAMPS’ New Agreement Offers Next Generation Dysphagia Products

Contact Julie Cox, CHAMPS Group Purchasing
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CHAMPS Group Purchasing announces an agreement with Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc. to offer CHAMPS’ members access to and discounted pricing on dysphagia products, featuring Thick-It® AquaCareH2O® Beverages, Thick-It® Purees and Thick-It® Instant Food and Beverage Thickener.

This agreement with Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., effective Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2015, serves all CHAMPS healthcare and correctional facilities, nationwide.

Jan Elder, CHAMPS’ contracting director, said, “We at CHAMPS are pleased to announce our new contract for dysphagia products. This contract was developed in response to our members’ requests. Members can now enjoy group purchasing pricing for Kent Precision’s thickened product lines, including AquaCareH2O® and Thick-It®.

Wendy Castillo, Kent Precision Foods Group’s healthcare sales manager, said, “We are excited to partner with CHAMPS members who will now be able to purchase the next generation in thickened beverages. Our ready-to-drink, clear Thick-It® AquaCareH2O® Beverages are thickened with xanthan gum, safe, versatile, and offer sugar- and calorie-free options making them the perfect solution to managing hydration. Thick-It®, the leader in dysphagia nutrition solutions, and CHAMPS are working together to improve the quality of patients’ lives.”

Kent Precision Foods Group will be offering their Frostline® and Dole® delicious soft serve dry mixes. Frostline® and Dole® soft serve are lactose free, gluten free, cholesterol free and less than 100 calories for a four ounce serving; making these a great choice for people without swallowing difficulties.

About CHAMPS Group Purchasing
As healthcare group purchasing experts, CHAMPS helps the healthcare industry save money and lightens the contracting burden for purchasing managers. For nearly 20 years, CHAMPS Group Purchasing has been an affiliate of Premier, Inc., one of the largest healthcare buying groups in the country, with over $43 billion in volume and more than 2,000 contracts.

With more than 4,000 clients nationwide, CHAMPS is one of Premier’s largest healthcare group purchasing affiliate programs and has been working in the healthcare arena since 1916. Choosing to partner with CHAMPS enables healthcare facilities access to Premier agreements, while benefiting from CHAMPS’ personal and expert service, aggregated contract portfolio and custom contract offerings – making utilization of the program as seamless as possible. For more, visit

About Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc.
For 20 years, Kent Precision Foods, Inc. has produced the highest-quality products, provided outstanding service and developed innovative solutions for the foodservice industry. For more information, visit