Reviews

Review: Harmless Harvest Dark Cacao

While chocolate-flavored coconut water is certainly not a new thing, Harmless Harvest’s approach brings an innovative twist to the concept. The product, which, like Harmless Harvest’s flagship coconut water is high pressure processed and promoted as “raw,” contains only two ingredients: organic coconut water and organic cacao extract.

Review: Purity Organic Superjuices

Made with fruits, roots and vegetables are sourced from organic farmers along the West Coast, Purity Organic’s new “Superjuices” are pasteurized, shelf-stable juices that are formulated with ingredients often seen in cold-pressed, HPP varieties.

Review: Mamma Chia Vitality + Energy

Making its debut at the recently held 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Mamma Chia Vitality + Energy is an extension of the company’s popular line of chia drinks. As with its flagship line, the organic beverages are made with hydrated chia seeds and fruit juice. Added to the mix are 90 mg of caffeine sourced from guayusa and cane sugar, with the blend packaged in a slim 10 oz. glass bottle. So how did it all turn out?

Review: Aloe Very

Once anointed as the next coconut water, enthusiasm for aloe vera drinks appears to be somewhat tempered these days. Nevertheless, there remains a steady trickle of new entrants to the category, including Aloe Very, a new three-SKU line of USDA certified organic blends.

Review: AriZona Oak Reserve Tea

Taking a cue from flavor innovation often seen in alcoholic beverages, AriZona Beverages has launched a new line of teas brewed with oak chips. AriZona’s Oak Reserve Tea is certainly an interesting concept, but we’re not clear as to why a consumer would choose this product over another tea.

Review: Vita Coco Sport

A couple weeks ago, Vita Coco unveiled a new sports drink line at Target, which worked in conjunction with the coconut water giant to develop the products. While Vita Coco has been hovering around the periphery of the sports category since its inception, from our perspective, the line is definitely a nice bolt-on for the brand and a very well-executed one at that.

Review: Sweet’tauk Lemonades

Hailing from Montauk, N.Y., a coastal town that belongs to the uber summertime haunt known as The Hamptons, Sweet’tauk Lemonades are sold in farmers’ markets and specialty stores in the region. Packaged in clear 14.5 oz. plastic bottles, one might think that the drinks are high pressure processed, but in fact they are not. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the Sweet’tauk’s unique formulations, if not its labels and branding.

Review: Naturnique

Labeled as a dietary supplement, Naturnique Energizing Tea is promoted with the tagline, “Finally…Great Tasting Energy!” As for what’s inside the bottle, it’s basically a sugar-sweetened white tea product that’s enhanced with caffeine (from green tea extract), ginseng, and vitamins.

Review: Evolution Fresh – New Organic Varieties

Evolution Fresh recently added two new products to its already extensive portfolio of juices and smoothies. Organic Avocado Greens Organic Splendid Carrot each launched as exclusives at Whole Foods and both products feature the brand’s refreshed label design. Blended with on-trend ingredients such as chia, coconut water and turmeric, Evolution’s desire to innovate definitely shines through.

Review: Zone 8

Named for a geographically defined area where tea plants are most commonly grown, Zone 8 is promoted as a line of “great tasting, culturally relevant teas and juice blends that redefine what natural means.” The beverages are quite tasty, but we feel as though the branding and positioning are slightly out of sync with what’s inside the bottle.

Review: Bolthouse Farms Kids Smoothies

Bolthouse Farms Kids Smoothies are the company’s newest addition to its portfolio of beverages premium juices and smoothies. Made with an all-natural formulation including fruit purees and juices from concentrate and no added preservatives, the company promotes the drinks as being “designed for maximum kid craveability.” In a crowded category, however, the line is not one that’s overly innovative or unique.

Review: Muscle Milk Organic

Launched in July, Muscle Milk Organic is a Target exclusive (there’s a lot of those these days…) that comes packaged in an 8.25 oz. Tetra Pak carton with a screw top cap and is sold in 4-packs. We’re certainly pleased to see Muscle Milk offering an organic product, but we think — especially when it comes to package design — the new line could be improved upon.

Review: BluePrint Juice – New Varieties

This week, BluePrint introduced two new varieties — Coffee Cashew Cinnamon Vanilla and Apple Lemon Ginger Cayenne — to its line of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juices. While the new coffee product has a flavor that definitely doesn’t taste as good as what you’ll find in others that are using cold brew or brewed varieties, and while we’d probably find the apple blend more approachable in one of BluePrint’s smaller bottle sizes, both should nonetheless help expand the reach of the brand.

Review: Bhakti Chai Almond Blends

Amid rising consumption of almond milk, beverage companies are increasingly using the liquid as a dairy-alternative ingredient, and earlier this year, Bhakti Chai added two almond milk-infused products to its line of micro-brewed chai teas. Aside from the formulations (one of which we had some issues with), the company’s bottle is lacking when it comes to visual appeal, and from our perspective, an overhaul is needed.