November 10/Carlsbad, Calif./GlobeNewswire -- Next Proteins Inc. has been awarded patents for its carbonated protein beverage technology in Hong Kong and Pakistan. Next Proteins has U.S. and international patents for a wide-range of protein containing beverage uses. The company's work has resulted in a worldwide patent portfolio consisting of six patents granted in the U.S., and patents issued across 33 additional countries including China, Japan, Russia and throughout Europe. Next Proteins' patent portfolio covers roughly two thirds of the world's population.

"Our innovative Intellectual Property Umbrella allows us to produce carbonated protein drinks in nearly every soft drink plant around the world." stated David Jenkins, founder and chief executive officer of Next Proteins. "Next Proteins' patent portfolio provides an unimpeded path to leadership in the explosive growth category of RTD protein and enhanced functional beverages. This patented technology redefines the market by providing significant flexibility and cost reductions for all protein drink manufacturers, whether carbonated or still, in the U.S. or abroad."

From the November 14, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.