Posted: Jul 09, 2012 at 10:48 AM
(Last Updated: Jul 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM)
Voila’s “Classic Pineapple Coconut Juice” is made with pineapple juice from concentrate, coconut milk extract, creamed coconut, and water. “Classic” is definitely an accurate word for this product, with a flavor that tastes like it was made with canned juice rather than something fresh. Due to the use of ingredients that are naturally thick, this product has a heavy body and is definitely a challenge to drink. This might not be the worst thing in the world, considering that the product has 320 calories, 4g of fat, and 68g of sugars per bottle and limited nutrition content. Furthermore, using juice from concentrate seems like a mistake given this product’s perishable format and high price point. Visually, it’s clean, simple, and very straightforward. However, we take issue with presenting a “buy local” badge on the front of the product. When it comes to food, “Local” has an implied meaning of grown locally, which is obviously not the case for a product made with pineapple and coconut (neither of which are grown in Oakland, CA where the company hails from). Overall, this is a so-so product whose biggest issue is that substantially better products can be purchased at the same price point.