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Pom not so Wonderful

22 May

http://www.forbes.com/sites/briansolomon/2012/05/22/meet-the-resnicks-beverly-hills-billionaire-power-couple-behind-pom-not-so-wonderful/

So the Pom people are in trouble over their health claims.  an interesting read.

 

Ok, so here are some photos of cranberries in China!

14 Mar

So here are our cranberries in China!  No bottles just the waxy paper bottles. Please note that even in China they list % cranberry content…25%!  Not bad! (Still want more though)

 

Wal-mart to label healthy foods…this is great news and what we are all about!

17 Feb

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/business/walmart-to-add-great-for-you-label-to-healthy-foods.html?_r=2

So this article is a few weeks old (thanks Mary Brown!) but still right on the money.  Wal-mart is taking the lead in healthy foods.  As cranberry growers, we know that we grow a healthy fruit.  Yes, it is a bit on the tart side, and yes it needs sweetening for all but the most stalwart.  Pick your sweetener, as they are all available.  We need to stop apologizing for the added sugar!  Sweeteners makes cranberry palatable  and cranberries are GOOD FOR YOU.  They are available in every combination.  Our goal at United Cranberry is to identify those products with high cranberry content…and we are working towards our seal of approval.  With the help of companies like Wal-mart, consumers are going to have all the information they need to make the right choice.

Zero Carb Cranberry post- do cranberrys really make your arteries more elastic?

16 Feb

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-omalley/american-heart-month_b_1280482.html

So this post has a lot of truth to it, and anyone who reads this blog know that I am all about content in cranberry products.  My question for Suzanne (and I will ask her) is what about 100% cranberry juice? It does exist out there, and while not easy to drink “straight”  it is nothing but cranberry. Hmmm

new clinical trial on cranberry juice and children sponsored by Ocean Spray

2 Feb

http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Cranberry-shows-urinary-tract-benefits-for-children-Study

Isn’t it amazing that I can blog from 39,000 feet?  technology is amazing!  Anyway, the above is a new study just out on the effects of cranberry on children and UTIs.  Looks promising!

Juice makers are put on notice, and we have to agree….

1 Feb

http://cspinet.org/new/201202011.html This is an article about juice makers and how they put tiny amounts of something in a bottle and make health claims.  As cranberry growers, I think we would agree that our favorite, healthy berry should be front and center in many, many drinks.  MOST people can’t eat/drink cranberries “straight up” so to speak and need a little sweetener.  I say, choose your sweetener.  We all know that the bottlers use every type of sweetener out there…cane sugar, beet sugar, agave, apple juice, pear juice, Splenda, Truvia….just read the labels, people.  It is mostly on the label.  The only thing missing is how much cranberry is in the bottle!

The juice company experts have told me that they make juices that people like (they test the heck out of them) AND are affordable.  They also tell me that people SAY they want one thing (more nutrition) but make their purchases according to taste and price.  I think they are missing a whole bunch of people that want the juice companies to tell them straight up, what is in the bottle, how much of it and spell it out.  How about reallygoodjuice  branded juice with all the particulars on the bottle?  What do you think?

 

Ocean Spray announces new Cherry Juices

30 Jan

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ocean-spray-puts-cherry-on-top-with-new-cherry-juice-drink-line-2012-01-30

I will have to get a look at the label, but these cherry juices probably have some cranberry in them, to make them a patronage product.  More to follow