Zola® Fruits of the World™ has expanded distribution of its coconut waters and acai juices into Kroger, Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, subsidiaries of Bi-Lo Holdings, Boston and NY Stop & Shop, Giant Food, Giant Food Stores and Sprouts locations. This expansion secures placement for Zola in 2,600 additional grocery and natural food stores and deepens its distribution footprint into key Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Northwest and West Coast markets across the country. The company attributes this significant momentum to Zola’s commitment to high-quality, great tasting products, positive consumer reactions to the brand’s successful line extensions and a focused produce department strategy.
Zola is the fastest growing coconut water brand in both conventional grocery and natural foods channels. Recently, sales of Zola Coconut Water surpassed Naked Coconut Water, securing the #4 position in the conventional grocery channel. “We are ready to build on our momentum with new distribution in major grocery chains and the second largest natural food retailer in the country,” said Founder and CEO Chris Cuvelier. The company will launch products in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Texas, Florida, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts with dedicated merchandising teams to support the accounts and build the Zola brand in these new markets. In addition to this expansion, Whole Foods Market has recently expanded its offering of Zola products in its Southern Pacific division. “At Zola, we listen to our consumers to create the very best products and partner with our retailers to deliver strong in-store programs that drive sales. We look forward to executing our growth plan for a successful 2015 and commit to delivering exciting new products to meet our consumer’s needs,” says Cuvelier.
Suja Juice Co., which makes cold-pressured juice, has closed a financing round in excess of $20 million dollars. Suja’s newest investors are Evolution Media Partners (Evolution), a joint venture with TPG Growth, Participant Media, and Evolution Media Capital (EMC), the latter of which is a merchant bank formed in 2008 in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Additional investors in this newest round of funding also include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Sofia Vergara.
“As someone constantly on the go, I have come to count on Suja not only to help me maintain my health and energy but to provide a great tasting fun alternative,” says Leto. “I am passionate about discovering brands that I not only actually use and enjoy, but also holistically believe in, and Suja is a great exemplifier of this search.”
Suja, which was just named by Forbes as the number two “Most Promising Company” in America, climbing up a spot from its #3 ranking in 2014, is coming off of a great year of top-line growth, brand building and capacity expansion. Suja continues to lead the tremendous growth of the high pressure processed organic juice category and is now seeing the same success in the traditional grocery channel that it saw last year in the natural foods channel. Funds from this investment round will be used to support the expansion of Suja’s manufacturing facility and its capacity as the company anticipates doubling revenues in 2015.
“Since Suja’s launch in May 2012, the brand has been blessed with an authentic and loyal fan following,” says James Brennan, Suja Co-founder. “We are lucky enough that some of these fans happened to be Hollywood’s most respected celebrities and wanted to do more than just enjoy the juice but actually be part of the Suja Juice movement. By bringing in the likes of CAA and this prominent group of individuals, it serves as great brand validation and reinforces that we really have created something special at Suja.”
Sambazon, the pioneer of açaí, today announced the launch of new Sambazon 100 Juices, the first 100 percent juice line with 100 calories or less per bottle and 70 percent less sugar than other premium juices. Packing the superior health benefits of 100 açaí berries in each bottle, this refreshingly exotic new line delivers powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas with three delicious flavors: Açaí Berry, Strawberry + Lemon + Açaí Berry and Pineapple + Coconut + Açaí Berry.
“Açaí has long been held as one of the most nutritionally dense superfoods on the planet and is sought after for its remarkable levels of antioxidants,” said Ryan Black, founder and CEO of Sambazon. “But most people don’t know that açaí is one of the only fruits in the world with virtually zero naturally-occurring sugar. Starting with that pure, organic açaí juice and blending in fresh fruits and natural, organic sweeteners has allowed us to create an invigorating, delicious beverage with all the exceptional health benefits of 100 açaí berries, but fewer calories and sugar. Sambazon 100 gives our consumers the most nutritious bang for their calorie buck.”
Like all Sambazon products, new Sambazon 100 Juices are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan, and made with Ecocert Fair Trade açaí. Each exotically refreshing flavor contains only 5-11 grams of sugar per bottle, achieved through an organic and Non-GMO Project Verified blend of zero glycemic stevia and erythritol, plus low-glycemic agave in the Açaí Berry variety. Sambazon 100 will be available in natural health food stores and grocers nationwide beginning in March 2015, in 10.5 ounce bottles with an SRP of $3.49. Flavors include:
Açaí Berry – With an exotic cocoa berry flavor, each bottle delivers the highest quality açaí and a boost of healthy antioxidants and omegas, with only 100 calories and 11 grams of sugar.
Strawberry + Lemon + Açaí Berry – With antioxidant-rich acerola cherry, also known as Amazon Cherry, this juice is supercharged with 200 percent of the Daily Value of vitamin C. Each bottle has only 70 calories and 5 grams of sugar.
Pineapple + Coconut + Açaí Berry – Nutritious coconut and Amazon superfoods make for a healthy and refreshing tropical juice, which has only 60 calories and 6 grams of sugar per bottle.
For more information on Sambazon 100 Juice, and Sambazon’s complete line of Amazon Superfoods, visit www.sambazon.com.
Long-time New York favorite, Red Jacket Orchards, is unleashing a new look and a new name for its famous Joe’s Summer Blend. This delicious blend of apple and lemon will now be called Joe’s NY Style Lemonade. Red Jacket assures avid fans that what’s in the bottle will stay the same.
Red Jacket Orchards has made a name for itself as a healthy line of cold-pressed juices. Born in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Red Jacket is a family-run business with strong roots in its community. Originally a cult favorite amongst farmer’s market dwellers, these invigorating drinks are now widely known across the country for their cloudy appearance and their impressive health benefits. Unlike their clear juice competitors, Red Jacket’s product is unfiltered and naturally contains a punch of insoluble and soluble fiber.
As in the other bright and refreshing flavors, Joe’s NY Style Lemonade also has only two very simple ingredients: lemon juice and apple juice. There are no added colors, flavors, water or sugar. Just as you have come to expect, Red Jacket Orchards creates a perfectly ripe sweetness with the help of the New York apple. Red Jacket Orchards juices taste just like the whole fruit they were made from.
Apple & Eve LLC, together with its private equity investor ClearLight Partners, has agreed that the company will be acquired by Lassonde Industries Inc.
Apple & Eve LLC, based in Port Washington, New York, was founded by the Crane family 40 years ago with a focus on delivering healthy, natural juice products. The company offers more than 100 different juice products sold under its iconic flagship brand name, Apple & Eve, and includes a portfolio of sub brands including Organics, Fruitables, Quenchers, Waterfruits and Sesame Street. Additionally, it owns and markets juices under Northland, Seneca and The Switch brands.
Apple & Eve, a pioneer in the juice industry, has grown over the decades by anticipating consumer trends. Among its many innovations, the company introduced the first unfiltered, natural-sttyle apple juice in grocery stores in 1975; the first line of 100 percent juice cranberry blends in 1978; the first 100 percent juice box in 1982; and, Fruitables, the first fruit and vegetable juice box for kids, in 2009.
Gordon Crane, the Founder, President, and CEO of Apple & Eve, commented, “I am so proud of what we have built at Apple & Eve over the last 40 years, and as CEO I look forward to entering a new exciting chapter in our company’s history. By joining Lassonde Industries, I am confident that our combined entities will deliver strong growth behind the brands we have built. We will remain highly focused on creating innovative, on-trend products under the widely recognized Apple & Eve brand and our other strong brands. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with ClearLight over the past seven years.They proved to be a value-added partner in growing and improving our business.”
Michael Kaye, Founder and Managing Partner of ClearLight Partners, further noted, “Apple & Eve’s strong track record reflects the strength of the company’s brands, commitment to innovation, and quality of management and employees. We wish Gordon Crane and the entire Apple & Eve management and employees much continued success.”
Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. acted as financial advisor to Apple & Eve and ClearLight Partners, and Armstrong Teasdale served as company counsel on the transaction. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
The top-selling, 100 percent organic, cold-pressed juice brand in the Pacific Northwest, Vital Juice, is launching Vital Kids cold-pressed juices. A line of 100 percent organic, GMO-free, locally-crafted fruit and vegetable juices for kids, Vital Kids is currently available at Whole Foods Market, Metropolitan Market and other natural markets in Seattle and Portland.
Vital Juice promotes nutrition for the entire family and the new Vital Kids juices were specially-made to appeal to both kids and their parents. Parents can be confident that they are choosing the most nutrient-rich, organic juice available for their kids – without added sugar, puree or fillers. According to taste tests, the taste profile appeals to kids of all ages. Even picky kids are happy to drink juices made out of vegetables like spinach and beets.
Vital Kids is available in 10-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $5.99. Each bottle has kid-friendly packaging, with fun illustrations of lively produce mascots. Packed with vital nutrients, essential enzymes and 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable juice, the Vital Kids line features four unique flavors, including:
“Today’s parents and kids are more conscious about nutrition than ever,” said Edward Balassanian, Founder and CEO of Vital Juice. “Vital Kids was created because we think kids will enjoy the taste as much as parents will appreciate the nutrition.”
While other well-known juice brands may include sugars, sugar-substitutes, purees, concentrates, fillers and preservatives, Vital Juice offers fresh juices the way nature intended. All Vital Juice drinks are nutrient-dense – no fillers such as celery juice or apple juice, and the company never uses extracts from agave or vanilla.
Vital Kids is also available via Amazon Fresh in Seattle and coming soon to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Aligned with nature’s wisdom, Juiceology takes the science of juicing to a whole new dimension with its mind-blowing juice superblends. Unlike anything out there, it is the first and only superblend of premium juices and whole grain extracts that delivers an unparalleled freshly juiced experience in its purest form.
Be inspired to live well! Its new Green Essentials, a luscious blend of Green Apple, Cucumber, Kiwi, Pear, Banana, Spirulina, Blue Green Algae, Spinach, Wheatgrass and Oat Grass with Juiceology’s whole grain extracts, is unlike any green juice on the market.
Juiceology is passionate about nature’s most precious fruits, vegetables, and grains. It provides daily wellness by harnessing the pure, vital health benefits of all of these raw ingredients, delivering them together, for the first time, in their least processed and most beneficial form.
Unlike heavy meals, Juiceology is perfect for breakfast, after long day at work, before a workout, or whenever the body needs to be nourished. Be uplifted by refreshing superblends that nourish and restore the entire body. Feel better all day long with convenient, ready-to-go fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide a totum of nutrients and fiber. Uniquely healthy, Juiceology has no added sugar, unlike other “fresh” juices on the market, and is wheat gluten-free.
Created by family-owned and Los Angeles based Daklen Inc., Juiceology gets a powerful dose of micronutrient extracts, which are designed to be easily assimilated by the digestive system. Made from unique blends of only the freshest high-quality oats and barley that are derived in-house from a special founders and family recipe, the masterfully crafted grain extracts enhance Juiceology’s nutritional value without boosting calories or affecting the fruit or vegetable’s pure, delicious flavor.
Fiber-up and return to health! Whole grain extracts deliver 32 percent DV of fiber per bottle along with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, selenium, thiamin, riboflavin, and folate. Nutrients are easily absorbed in liquid form. Bottled in Los Angeles and sustainably crafted with local West Coast ingredients, Juiceology is naturally blended in five brilliant flavors: Plum/Grape/Blackberry, Blueberry Acai, Pome Blue Cran, Peach Mango, and the new Green Essentials.
Juiceology is now available at Bristol Farms, Ralph’s, Stater Bros., Raley’s, CVS Los Angeles, Duane Reade, D’Agostino, King Kullen, Dave’s, Roche Market, Weis Market, Food Town, and other fine retailers. Experience the Juiceology difference at www.purejuiceology.com.
Suja Juice Co. was named third among Forbes Magazine’s 2014 list of America’s Top 100 Most Promising Companies. Suja was also the only consumer packaged goods company within the top 25. The privately held and less than two-year-old certified organic and non-GMO verified cold-pressured juice brand was recognized by Forbes for its substantial growth and success. Forbes announced the top 25 ranked America’s Most Promising Companies list, which includes high-growth, privately held companies with under $250 million in annual revenue. The complete list of 100 companies will be released in the February 10, 2014 issue of the magazine.
Leading the announcement of the Top 25 ranked America’s Most Promising Companies of 2014 on Forbes.com, reporter J.J. Colao explains the reasoning for Suja Juice Co.’s high ranking, “Today Suja, No. 3 on our Most Promising list, is one of the fastest growing consumer product companies in the country, poised to do $50 million in sales in just its second full year of business.”
The secret to Suja’s skyrocketing success in such a short time can be accredited to a diverse team of co-founders who each brought something special to the business when they created the company in May 2012, in addition to the exceptional quality of the juices and smoothies that deliver conscious nutrition and amazing flavor in each sip. What started as a small home-delivery juice service based out of co-founder Eric Ethan and Annie Lawless’s home kitchens, has now grown into a multimillion-dollar national company with the help of co-founders Jeff Church and James Brennan.
Suja Juice Co. now offers three unique lines, including Suja Classic, which is sold at Whole Foods Markets and select natural food stores nationwide, Suja Elements, a smoothie-based line exclusive to Whole Foods Market, and Suja Essentials, which will soon be available in larger grocery store chains such as Safeway and Kroger.
“It is a great honor to be included on the Forbes list of America’s Most Promising Companies of 2014, let alone among the top three companies in the nation,” says Suja co-founder and CEO Jeff Church. “I speak for all of the founders when I say we are humbled by this recognition, and it motivates us to continue our commitment to changing the way America juices.”