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Coco Quench is no Coconut Drink

“What’s this?!” I blurted out defiantly. It was my first expression when I tried this drink my wife gave me.

Is this the “in” thing when it comes to Coconut juice (the ones you see Madonna was drinking)? You’ve got to be kidding me.

Unfortunately, Tropicana’s Coco Quench doesn’t come even close in trying to taste like Coconut juice. It’s one of those drinks that tastes so awful that you go right to the label to see what the ingredients are. It’s that bad! The ingredients lists “Coconut Water, Reconstituted Coconut Water, Sugar, Sodium Metabisulfite”

I found out that “Reconstituted Coconut Water” or any reconstituted juice doesn’t contain any vitamins because it goes through a process called reduction. Water is greatly reduced so it can be transported easily where it will go through hydration process and be packed and sold. The problem in reduction is that it goes through fire and heat. This way, you lose a lot of the fruit’s nutrients. So the only nutrition I get from this is Sugar. Yech!

Now, Sodium Metabisulfite on the other hand is a preservative so the juice won’t easily expire. It’s artificial and it’s chemically made. Blech!

So what about the Coconut Water? I don’t know how much Coconut Water is put in but if you drink Coconut Juice – Coco Quench doesn’t come even close to the original. It’s like a bad crossover between cow’s milk and some gassy water.

Conclusion: If I’m going to use my PhP30.00 to buy Coconut Juice, I’d just buy the ones being sold in Malls where you can see ’em break it and serve you the real thing. By the way, if you’re going to buy Coconut Juice – better ask how long they’ve been in the container because Coconut Juice shouldn’t be aged more than four hours from the time it was taken out of the husk. You can tell this by the “acidic” taste and feel in your mouth.

Side Note: Pepsi Philippines, I don’t want to sound mean to your new product – and I know this is a good effort – but an August 2011 article made by Huffington Post suggests that Coconut Water health claims is not what it seems to be. My personal concern – if you heed this advice – is that you improve the taste if you want to mask the ingredients of the label. I am serious when I say, the taste is insulting to what real Coconut Juices tastes like. I’d be doing more disservice to our country’s Coconut Industry if I don’t tell you what this product should be in the first place.

Tang’s New Adventure

Ready for an Adventure with Tang?

Have you seen or tasted this? Tang recently came out with three different flavors. These are actually Tang products that came out about three months ago but it’s worth documenting because of their attempt to woo more kiddie customers to like their brand.

How is this gonna be different with their current Tang products when the original campaign was to target kids below thirteen years of age. Is this an experiment? Perhaps. Last summer, Tang came out with a astro-adventure campaign where kids are dressed like some sci-fi heroes who are out to save a world blistering from the heat of the sun.

Tang hasn’t come out with an official commercial for this (I haven’t watched anything on primetime) but it sure seems like they’re biding their time and it all indicates these new flavors will be here to stay.

Have you tried Tang’s new Safari Adventure, Galaxy Adventure, or Underwater Adventure flavors? What do you think of the new taste Tang offers?

New Packaging: Tang Iced Tea

Tang's New Iced Tea packaging attempts to woo your taste buds too.

Orange Powdered Juice Beverage leader, Tang, recently released their new packaging – not for their juice brands – for their iced tea drink. This is not a new product since they released this variant about a year or two ago. The look and feel doesn’t make much of a difference as Nestea already dominates this category and the brand itself. How? Go ask a waiter who serves iced tea and see if someone from your group would readily ask, “Nestea?” What’s exciting for me though are the flavors that they came up with, which includes – aside from Lemon – Apple and Strawberry flavors. These two flavors are new and something the public would readily try out and Nestea groping to stay solid in this market. If Tang becomes successful, I’m sure Nestea will not hesitate to come up with it’s own variants competing with Tang’s new iced tea flavors.

Tang is highly favored in the fruit juice brand category with Mango, Grape, Pineapple, and Ponkan flavors supporting their traditional Orange juice mix.  Nestea, on the other hand, has Calamansi and Four Seasons flavors.

See what other product bears new packaging!