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Confirmed sighting: Feel Good Spritz
Posted: 17:06 Thu 16-Jun-2005. Price: Quite a bit more than a pound, I seem to recall. Location: Tesco, Liverpool St, London. Sub-flavours: Cranberry and Lime (pictured); Lemon; Orange and Passionfruit; Pink Citrus. Nutritional unusualness: (Cranberry and lime flavour) 10.1g carbohydrate per 100ml - almost all of which likely to be sugar, given its Coke-rivalling energy of 178kj per 100ml.
reports: These are the sparkling versions of the Feel Good juice drinks we looked at previously and, although they don't do a fizzy Aloe Vera drink as yet, they still annoy me almost as much as those "Innocent" Smoothies. It's not the fact that the cranberry and lime one tastes a bit weird (maybe it's the 3.2% of our old friend aronia juice, compared to 6.8% actual cranberry), and it's not just the patronising ambient-soundscape Flash-only website. No, it's the sticker which says "We promise not to use any artificial sweeteeners, preservatives, flavours, colours or any other nasties in our drinks" [my emphasis] - I'd be kind of tempted to include their 10.1g of carbohydrates per 100ml under "any other nasties", considering it's almost as much as Coca-Cola. According to BevNet, there appears to be a No Sugar Added version of these available (in the US at least) - which (I believe) means they just use the sugar that's in the fruit already. And, for this flavour, this enables them to get the carbs down to a mere 9.7g per 100ml (while the calories appear to have actually gone up). Now that's progress!
...Meanwhile, in other marketing meaninglessness, new owners Gerber Foods are launching a "blend of passionfruit, orange, apple and pear" "No Added Sugar" Sunny D Caribbean Style to take on Robinsons Fruit Shoot Tropical "No Added Sugar", while Britvic/ Robinsons also attempt to address previous concerns over their nutritionally mysterious Fruit Spring brand with a "No Added Sugar" Apple and Cranberry variety, and possibly lower-carb Blackcurrant and Raspberry and Orange and Mandarin flavours as well.
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Posted: 17:55 Thu 16-Jun-2005 by Snackspot
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Comment: I can't link to this direct (bloody flash) but the FAQ part of their "Ideas Orchard" - How many calories are in your drink? [sic] - makes the remarkable claim:
"on average our drinks have approximately the same calories as fresh orange juice which *is obviously less than normal carbonated drinks*" [my emphasis again]
- this sounds like complete rubbish to me; as far as I know, most soft drinks and orange juice have very similar sugar and calorie contents. I'll drop them an email and see what they say...
Posted: 18:18 Thu 16-Jun-2005 by "Phillerena"
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Comment: Speaking of "Innocent" smoothies I tried their new coconut and mixed fruit one yesterday on a special introductory price (about £2, large carton). It wasnt bad but nothing amazing, certainly no better than Morrisons branded Smoothies.
Posted: 11:54 Tue 21-Jun-2005 by "Nebbish"
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Comment: Innocent smoothies - perhaps the most gobsmacking juxtaposition of small bottle and large price.
Posted: 14:38 Tue 21-Jun-2005 by "Phillerena"
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Comment: I actually got a case of Innocent smoothies delivered today for free. They were very nice to me to say the least. The cinnamon and banana one is quite nice.
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