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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Ocean Spray White Cranberry drinks
Posted: 12:40 Mon 15-03-2004. Price: 99p/ 1.5 litres. Location: Sainsbury's, Bath. Sub-flavours: White Cranberry and Grape, White Cranberry and Peach, White Cranberry and Apple (untested).
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Astoundingly, nobody until now has noticed the huge glaring gap that exists between fruity mineral waters like Volvic's delicious Touch Of Fruit and expandingly-varietied semi-fizzy wine substitute Shloer. Into the breach, then, steps the increasingly aggressive Ocean Spray Megaglobal Cranberry Industries, with these nuclear-waste-barrel-like plastic bottles of non-sparkling fruit-based drinks centred around the previously-unheard-of (by me) white cranberry. The similarities to flat Shloer are palpable, but the Grape and Peach varieties both suffer somewhat from over-sugaring, so the wise snacker will glug about a third of each bottle and top it up with tap water for a less overpowering and more swiggable beverage. Not bad, though, and commendably priced in a world where companies will all too often try to charge you 1.29 for 350ml of water with a splash of fruit squash in it.

...In other juicy gossip, The Grocer magazine reports that: Shloer are bringing back their White Grape, Rhubarb and Ginger variant due to "overwhelming demand"; Coca-Cola are launching a 5 Alive Fruit Squash (in Tropical Hit, Berry Blast and Citrus Burst); while an ad in their [ie The Grocer's] "Liverpool and Merseyside advertising supplement" reveals the equally unsuspected existence of The Vimto Academy.


Posted: 12:56 Mon 15-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Apparently Ocean Spray's 99p for a litre and a half is a launch discount (likely to rise to £1.49), while Shloer's White Grape, Rhubarb and Ginger feedback included "letters from expectant mothers saying the ginger was brilliant for curbing morning sickness".
Posted: 14:17 Mon 15-03-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Please don't tell me Vimto is owned by Coca-Cola. I thought I was sticking two northern fingers up at the yankee glaobalisation every time I drank it.
Posted: 14:57 Mon 15-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: doh, no, sorry for the misunderstanding - it's the Grocer's "Liverpool and Merseyside advertising supplement" rather than Coca-Cola's

Vimto is of course owned by maverick CEO "Purple Ronnie", which made the notion of attending his bodily-function-fixated all-in-rhyme management training courses all the more amusing...

Posted: 16:11 Mon 15-03-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: The 5 Alive squashes are already out, I saw them in the same Sainsbury's, but didn't buy them as - unlike ready-made 5 Alive - they've got f*cking sweeteners in them.
Posted: 17:52 Mon 15-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: see, now i know they are sweetenery and not sugary i _will_ buy them. oh the contrast.
Posted: 01:55 Tue 16-03-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Freaks like you should be killed with hammers.
Posted: 08:30 Tue 16-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: steady on Stu, perhaps they're an "acquired taste"...
Posted: 09:09 Tue 16-03-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Yeah, like drinking your own wee.
Posted: 11:45 Tue 16-03-2004 by "markym" # permalink comment
Comment: I couldn't help but read that as "killed with hamsters"...
Posted: 13:08 Tue 16-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: and who said sugar made people cranky psychotics?
Posted: 15:57 Tue 16-03-2004 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: I'd rather be a cranky psychotic than enjoying sorbitol's effects on the digestive system...
Posted: 16:51 Tue 16-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: they each have a unique effect on society. and the amounts of sweetener we're talking in squash (at least as weak as i make my lemon drink) have negligible results anyway.
Posted: 21:35 Wed 17-03-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Back to the ocean spray.. I have tried all 3 varieties, as they were on offer at Tesco's. I must say the the grape and cranberry being the best. They are very refreshing and I am going to keep on buying them.
Posted: 15:38 Sat 17-04-2004 by "aily" # permalink comment
Comment: i have recently become accustomed to the taste of TESCO MAX STRAWBERRY.it is still water flavoured with the taste of real strawberry.therre are also blackberry and orange flavours and if im not mistaking raspberry(curse of the devil)!
Posted: 15:29 Thu 03-06-2004 by "sunblock" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought the Ocean Spray White Cranberry & Apple and it's kinda ok. I won't buy it again because although on the back it says that it's free from artificial colourinds, flavourings, sweeteners and preservaties, at the ingredients it says among others that it contains sugar, Glucose-Fructose syrup and plain caramel colour.
Posted: 20:32 Thu 03-06-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: All canned and bottled drinks are evil, they all contain either sweeteners or sugar or colourings or e numbers.
Posted: 00:15 Wed 17-May-2006 by "cis" # permalink comment
Comment: Glucose-Fructose syrup is not good! Fructose stores is metabolised to fat. http://www.mercola.com/2004/apr/10/corn_fat.htm

Do we really need that?!?!?!

I am appalled to see that most jaffa cakes are MOSTLY glucose-fructose syrup (first ingredient)!?!? Even McVities' seem to have switched to this lower-quality and health-damaging sweetenert. 98333 8 32

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