Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) March 19, 2014
GoGargle!™, the brand new effervescent salt gargle that soothes and moisturizes dry and irritated throats, scored a major victory at the 2014 ECRM Cough-Cold, Analgesics and Allergy Convention.
The upstart product, manufactured by O’Connor Companies, LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, was chosen by retailers as Best New Product, beating out such stalwarts as Johnson & Johnson, Ricola, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Reckitt Benckiser.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said company founder and president Tim O’Connor. “ECRM is comprised of all the heavy hitters, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and many others. For them to single us out as the best new product of the year kind of validates what we’ve always believed – that this is a really great product that will help a lot of people.”
The product itself was invented by O’Connor’s wife, January. “My mother and grandmother always used to make me gargle with salt water when I had an irritated, prickly throat,” she said. “But it always tasted so bad. I wanted to make a salt water gargle that actually tastes good!”
Starting with a cool mint flavor, O'Connor added soothing ingredients like honey, aloe, chamomile, zinc, Vitamin C and Vitamin E - and the results have exceeded expectations. “When people try it, they’re always surprised at how refreshing it feels,” says Tim O’Connor. “And considering that 15 million people visit the doctor for throat irritation every year, we think it’s got huge potential.”
Currently sold online at gogargle.com, as well as select retailers including Bashas’ Grocery Stores (AZ), Hartig Drug Stores (IA, IL & WI), and Dorothy Lane Markets (OH), GoGargle!™ is gearing up for rapid expansion. “We’ve garnered a lot of attention really quickly,” says Tim O’Connor. “Many retailers told us they think GoGargle!™ will be ‘The Next Big Thing.’ We are really excited, and we’re ready to ride the wave!”
About O’Connor Companies, LLC
The seeds of GoGargle!™, and of O’Connor Companies LLC, were planted one evening a few years ago, when Tim O’Connor returned home from a business trip, “feeling like I’d swallowed a cactus. I mean everything back there was just dry and prickly.”
His wife January, a former health care worker and mother of their three children, greeted him at the door with a home concoction of salt water, and a few other ingredients – “a variation of something my mother used to give me when I was a kid.”
“It worked great,” says Tim. “But the taste wasn’t quite right.” So, January tinkered for a few months, testing several different ingredient combinations, until perfecting the formula now available for sale. “Each of the ingredients adds something to the final product,” says January. “It was about finding just the right combination.”
“It wasn’t our intent to start a company,” says Tim O’Connor. “But when we realized how well this product worked, we felt like we had to share it with the world!”
Consumers or retailers interested in learning more about GoGargle!™, or O’Connor Companies LLC, can visit http://www.GoGargle.com or call 855-GO-GARGL (855-464-2745).