Monday, April 27, 2009

Zola (Giveaway)

Don't you just love all the great bottled juices and smoothies at the market? The choices seem to be endless - you can get juices, pomegranate for your heart, blueberries for overall health, blends of red berries, veggies juices that taste like fruit juices. Then there are the smoothies - with additives for every need, energy, power, immunity - the juice and smoothie section at my local Whole Foods is bigger than the milk section! It seems that most of the "new" bottled juices and smoothies are just a re-work or something that's already out there. Until now...

Zola is an amazing line of juices and smoothies made from the Brazillian Acai berry. The acai berry is an exotic berry grown in the Amazon rainforest. It has 60% more antioxidants than pomegranates and 500% more than blueberries!

Sure, you've heard lots about Acai berries and their weight loss properties, but Zola is about something else... Health. Zola juices are packed with antioxidants, rich in omega fatty acids and are naturally energizing.

I recently got a chance to interview Chris Cuvelier, Founder and President of Zola to ask him a few questions about the products. Here's our interview:

Liz:
How did you discover the Acai berry and it's benefits?
Chris:
As a consultant to the juice and smoothie industry for 10 years, I had sampled fruits from all over the world but had never found anything quite like açaí. After trying it, I decided to go to Brazil and sample it from the source. After my first trip, I was hooked! Açaí berries are not only delicious, but contain antioxidant benefits and natural energy boosts that inspired me and my partners to create Zola – the world’s first açaí superfruit juice.

Liz:
What benefit does the Acai berry provide?

Chris:
Açaí has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties thanks to a high level of anthocyanins, pigments that are also present in red wine. Independent ORAC testing by Brunswick labs confirmed açaí to have 500% more antioxidants than blueberries and 60% more than pomegranates, and according to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) açaí has remarkable contents of several essential minerals – calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, showing that açaí is the true superfruit. Açaí also contains omegas 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.

Liz:
Is Brazil the only place Acai berries are found?

Chris:
Mainly in Brazil, but they are found in other parts of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon has specific growing conditions that are essential for the açaí berry to grow.

Liz:
What makes Zola different from other bottles smoothies that contain Acai berries?

Chris:
A couple of things. First, Zola not only contains the powerful açaí berry, but we also blend in other Brazilian superfruits – fruits that not only taste great, but also naturally contain an exceptional amount of nutrients. Some of the other fruits we use in our smoothies that you won’t find in any other commonly available smoothies are Cupuaçu, Graviola and Caja Fruit. And Second, Zola only uses the highest grade of açaí pulp, açaí especial, in all of our juices and smoothies. The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has formalized an age-old Amazon wisdom (the thicker the açaí pulp, the more nutrients it contains) by defining the grade of açaí according to the amount of açaí fruit pulp it contains: Açai “popular” (lower grade) must contain at least 8% pulp, açaí “medio” (middle grade) at least 11% pulp and açaí “especial” (special grade) a minimum of 14% pulp.

Liz:
I've seen Acai berries in both the frozen food section of my supermarket and in other juice beverages, why are the Acai berries in Zola better for me?

Chris:
Well, you won’t see the actually açaí berry anywhere outside of the Amazon and close surrounding regions. The açaí berry is so delicate that it needs to be harvested, processed and frozen within 72 hours of harvest or it could lose up to 90% of its nutrients. Because of this, Zola controls our supply from tree to bottle to ensure that we uphold the strictest and safest handling practices. We can’t speak to all other açaí products available, but we can tell you that all Zola products contain the highest grade of açaí available, açaí especial, and we control supply from tree to bottle to ensure the highest quality and nutrients possible.

Liz:
I've seen many claims that Acai berries provide energy - are they a safe alternative for those of us that are sensitive to caffeine or restricted from it for medical reasons?

Chris:
The energy that you get form a bottle of Zola Açaí Superfruit Juice comes from the authentic Brazilian recipe that we follow – we add a touch of organic Guaraná seed to the juice for sustained energy. Each serving of Zola Superfruit juice contains 24mg (about the amount found in a cup of green tea). It is a source of caffeine, but the caffeine from the organic Guaraná seed is released slowly; therefore, it provides sustained energy and not a high and low.

Liz:
I've noticed some of your smoothies are organic, but some are not - why aren't the all organic?

Chris:
All of our smoothies are 70% organic. Because we are using such cutting edge Brazilian Superfruits in our blends, they are not yet recognized by the USDA to be organic, although they are all grown pesticide-free. We are working through that right now and hope to obtain certifications soon.

Liz:
Your company gives back to it's communities in Brazil, explain how Zola is helping.

Chris:
At Zola, social responsibility is a huge focus – we wanted to create programs that would give back to the communities from which we are harvesting our fruits. We created a unique program, Project Zola to empower the people in local communities through partnership and sustainability. Project Zola generates financial and educational support which is directed to the local communities that produce and harvest Zola’s açaí. Project Zola focuses on building community infrastructure, improving quality of life and protecting the environment with specific and tangible goals in a 100% transparent environment. Zola promotes sales of Amazonian Project Zola products that are sold with the support of Zola’s retail partners in North America, which not only generates financial support but also creates a sense of pride for the local people. In fact, Zola was able to completely fund Escola Acaimu in 2007 and will continue to support such as this in the future. Zola is also a huge proponent of sustainable farming and works only with partners who are aligned in this commitment.

In case you'd like to learn even more about Zola, here'a a video to give you a better feel for Chris and his company, including PROJECT ZOLA:


We have an assortment of these yummy juices and smoothies for one lucky reader!

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There you have it! Six very simple ways to enter our contest - how easy is that? Complete rules can be found on our Contest page.

This contest ends Sunday, May 3rd at 11:59pm (pdst) so don't wait - make sure you've gotten all six entries before it's too late! Please note: entries received after the cutoff time will be deleted prior to drawing a winner.



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120 comments:

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I love Zola. I'm glad the word is getting out on it.

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Tamara B. said...

Their Acai with blueberry juice sounds so delicious and very healthy too. What I like about their company is they use the highest quality of fruits in their product.
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Their Acai with blueberry juice sounds delicious and very healthy , I like that their company uses the highest quality of fruits in their product.

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I would like to try the Acai with Pineapple Juice.

I like that they have a goal of creating products that are "Good for you and Good for the Planet."

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Tropical Blend sounds tasty !

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I would love to try the Acai with pineapple juice. What I love about Zola is they use 100% unfiltered Açaí as our base fruit. Thanks!
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Juleemm said...

I would like to try the Acai with pineapple juice.

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I'm like to try the Immunity Smoothie.
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intime said...

Acai with blueberry juicesounds yummy

clc408 said...

Acai with Pineapple would be a good choice for me. Thank you.

lsfish said...

I would like to try the Immunity Smoothie

ky2here said...

My first choice would be the acai with blueberry juice.

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Tropical Blend appeals to me, I'd love to try Zola products. My entire family is trying to be healthier.

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Acai with Blueberry looks great to me!

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sphinx63 said...

I learned that Zola uses natural whole Guaraná seed powder. This contains natural oils that do not dissolve in water. Nutritionists call this “fat soluble.” As a result, they release their latent energy slowly, and your body processes the oils slowly. Other so-called “energy drinks” use a chemically processed Guaraná extract that is water-soluble. You get an instant lift, but it’s quickly followed by a “crash and burn.”

Amy said...

I would like the Energy Smoothie variety. Zola uses only organic Acai berries, and harvests with no manual contact and triple washes the berries.

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denyse said...

I'd pick the Tropical Belend- but I think I'd enjoy them all.

scarlette10 said...

tropical blend sounds yummy

Alison said...

I think the Acai and Blueberry one sounds delish!

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agordon10 said...

acai w/ pineapple sounds good

iggysaysno said...

the acai / blueberry sounds amazing

pattycake said...

the superfood smoothie sounds like something I need for my health

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llinda29 said...

I would like to try superfood smoothie

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I would love to try (experience!) the Superfood Smoothie. And the Acai with Blueberry Juice sounds divine!

sillelin said...

The one with pineapple juice.

Sarah Z said...

I would want to try the original first and then with blueberry!
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Vicky H. said...

I'd most likely love the pineapple one. It's one of my favorite fruits. :D

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Gabriel J. said...

I would pick the Tropical Blend.

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Sunnyvale said...

Acai with pineapple

angie said...

I think that the Berry Blend Antioxidant smoothie would be my favorite flavor. Hard to say though...they all sounds tasty.

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I'd like to try their Acai with blueberry juice.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, they all sound delicious!! I'd like to try the Antioxidants, Omegas, and Energy with blueberry juice!!

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Ashley said...

Acai with blueberry sounds great. Two of my favorite flavors.

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Tropical blend..yum

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kathy pease said...

Acai with pineapple sounds yummy :)

barbara said...

I find it amazing that their smoothies can be healthier than fruit itself!

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The Tropical Blend sounds really good.

zenbob55 said...

all the blends sound so good, and who would not like a drink that will keep you health?

Bonnie in FL said...

Acai with pineapple sounds terrific but I would like to see it with more different fruits ex raspberrys.strawberries, peaches

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Acai with Pineapple would be just one of my choices!

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AICORP said...

I think I'd like the acai with pineapple

Gianna said...

I'd love to try the pineapple one :)

Connie Rowe said...

I would love to try the tropical blend.

jsc123 said...

I would love to try the Energy Smoothie. But all of the flavors sound wonderful to me.
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Melanie said...

The Superfood Smoothie sounds great.

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liliesrnice said...

i think i'd like the immunity smoothie.

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i think i'd like the immunity smoothie.

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Felicia said...

Acai with blueberry juice must be great!

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The Açaí with Pineapple juice looks very tasty!

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