Barfresh Appoints New Director Following Unibel’s Strategic Investment

--Unibel Transitions Barfresh Board Seat to Chief Investment Officer Isabelle Ortiz-Cochet, Replacing Bruno Schoch--

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barfresh Food Group, Inc. (OTCQB:BRFH), a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of frozen, ready-to-blend beverages, announced today the appointment of Isabelle Ortiz-Cochet to the Company’s Board of Directors following Unibel’s strategic investment of $10 million in Barfresh on November 23, 2016. The total number of Directors remains at seven, with Ms. Ortiz-Cochet replacing the seat that was previously occupied by her Unibel colleague, Bruno Schoch. This transition leverages Ms. Ortiz-Cochet’s extensive experience in global strategic development and marketing which will contribute significantly to the Company’s long-term strategic growth opportunities.

Ms. Ortiz-Cochet is Chief Investment Officer for Unibel, parent company of Bel Group. Bel is based in France and is a world leader in the branded cheese business, with brands such as Laughing Cow, Mini-Babybel or Boursin. In this position since January 2016, Ms. Ortiz-Cochet leads the construction of Unibel’s investment portfolio and drives its diversification strategy. Previously, she was Vice President of Strategic Development at Bel Group implementing the company’s strategic initiatives. She has held other leadership positions in marketing and global strategy at the company including Senior Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for their Americas and Asia-Pacific businesses where she led the development of long-term strategies in those regions. Ms. Ortiz-Cochet began her career with Kimberly Clark in France. She earned a master’s degree from ESSEC Business School and an executive MBA from HEC Business School in France.

“We are excited to gain Unibel as a strategic investor and for their willingness to be an active participant in the strategic direction of our growing company. Ms. Ortiz-Cochet’s extensive experience in global strategic development and marketing are a perfect complement to our Board. We are looking forward to leveraging her insights in branding, retail and manufacturing in the years to come as we attack our growing pipeline of opportunities,” commented Riccardo Delle Coste, Barfresh’s Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Ortiz-Cochet added, “I am honored to join the Barfresh board, and I look forward to participating in their next phase of development. Barfresh products bring a very unique and efficient solution to the market, and I’m excited to help identify and prioritize the best opportunities for growth.”

About Barfresh Food Group

Barfresh Food Group, Inc. (OTCQB:BRFH) is a developer, manufacturer and distributor of ready-to-blend beverages, including smoothies, shakes and frappes, primarily for restaurant chains and the foodservice industry. The company's proprietary, U.S. patent-pending system uses portion-controlled pre-packaged beverage ingredients that deliver freshly made frozen beverages that are quick, cost efficient, better for you and without waste. PepsiCo North America Beverages, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., is the exclusive sales representative in North America within the food service channel for Barfresh's full line of beverages. Barfresh has an exclusive distribution partnership with the leading food distributor in North America. For more information, please visit

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