Newman's Own, Kettle Foods, and Naked Juice In Sync with Customers

Newman's Own Organics, Kettle Foods and Naked Juice are in sync with their customers in ways envied by mega competitors.

By Diane Toops, News and Trends Editor

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Naked Juice makes it easy for juice-lovers and juice newbies alike to pick among inventive flavors to match a spectrum of lifestyle needs. It divides its products into functional categories so consumers can easily choose the right drink for specific nutritional benefits.

"The line is divided into what we call functional families - each family gives you a different group of benefits," says new CEO Monty Sharma. All-natural, 100 percent juices, smoothies and protein smoothies include:

  • Superfood


  • Antioxidant


  • Protein


  • Well Being


  • Just Juice
(carrot, apple, O-J and Tangerine Scream). (classic favorites like Tropical-C, boosted with immune enhancers like vitamin C, bioflavonoids, rose hips, and zinc to keep you happy and healthy). (shakes and soy smoothies packed with soy protein to fuel and repair muscles, including the heart, with names like Protein Zone). (including Pomegranate Blueberry, they are loaded with free-radical-zapping-antioxidants).
    (juice blends packed with nourishment and carrying high-impact names like Green Machine, and five fruits with 10 boosts -- including wheatgrass and spirulina).

 

Products are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. They are gluten-free and without added sugar, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Speaking of the label, Naked Juice has re-branded its full line with contemporary, colorful packaging, under the leadership of Sharma. "It includes realistic fruit graphics on the front panel, the exact amount of fruit per bottle on the side panel, as well as the added ‘boosts,' such as vitamins, echinacea, blue-green algae and soy protein," says Sharma. "The tagline is ‘A Pound of Fruit in Every Bottle.'

"We added Naked Juice Rainforest Açai and Naked Juice Pomegranate Açai to our heart-healthy antioxidant line in January," he adds. "The Açai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry, with its blend of amino acids and essential omegas, also contains high levels of flavanoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering free radical zapping power. Açai berries contain 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine."

"One of the advantages of being a smaller company is the ability to quickly change recipes of products based on input from consumers," says Ward. "Over the years, we've enhanced flavors by rebalancing the fruits, added more fruits or added different fruits."

Naked Juice received a big boost in 2000, when private equity firm North Castle Partners, focused exclusively on businesses dedicated to healthy living and aging, brought the company under its Ultimate Juice Co. umbrella of smaller beverage companies. Since then, it has consolidated products and brands, and North Castle assisted the management team to integrate operations, upgrade financial management and infrastructure and grow the Naked Juice brand from a West Coast regional business into a national market leader.

Its national manufacturing and distribution system includes production facilities in California and Chicago, where some 200,000 units are produced daily, ensuring fresh product throughout the U.S.

"Today's consumers are much more conscious about the fuel they put into their bodies," says Ward. "Ranging from professionals and students to athletes and families, they want foods that not only taste great, but are free of added sweeteners and preservatives that compromise product purity. They want a ‘clean' palate in which you can really taste the fruit - that's what Naked Juice is all about and why we fit this food trend so perfectly."

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