On behalf of the Tasty Island, Ed Fernandez of Hawaiian Sun reached out to me recently to try their new Beach ‘n Berry Punch, a combination of all natural blueberry, raspberry and Lilikoi fruit juices, along with Acai and Pomegranate flavor.
Beach ‘n Berry Punch is a permanent addition to their existing line-up of popular canned Hawaiian Sun juice flavors everyone’s familiar with.
Notice there’s a slightly different design on each side of the can, with red and yellow Hibiscus flowers and a surfer on one side, and just the surfer on the other. If there’s one critique I have about the labeling, is there isn’t a “burst” with text that shouts out “with ACAI & POMEGRANATE“. Most folks know those fruit are rich in antioxidants, so that would be a great selling point.
Better yet if there was a Photoshopped crop-out of real Pomegranate and Acai Berries over the line art. Where I would put those fruit images over the blue, teal and yellow wave swirl below the surfer, and lose the Hibiscus, and put them in that spot as well. In fact, I did that exact redesign of the label in the graphic to the right here. Much better, IMO, where all things visual merchandising and increased sales are concerned.
Anyway, the ingredients specifically are: water, sugar, blueberry juice concentrate, raspberry juice concentrate, Acai concentrate, passion fruit (Lilikoi) juice concentrate, natural Pomegranate flavor, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and citric acid.
One 11.5 oz serving (1 can) provides 120 calories, 28 grams total carbohydrate, 3 grams protein and 3 milligrams of iron.
Served nicely chilled in my handy-dandy also new Yelp “bling” drinking glass, it comes across as very thin in viscosity, similar to Hawaiian Sun’s Fruit Punch and various other more sugar-based flavors.
Flavor-wise, I can definitely taste the acai, while the complex combination of all those other juices are difficult to distinguish each and of themselves. That said, I suppose the best way to describe it is, as advertised, it tastes like a fruit punch with an acai twang to it. I didn’t get any Pomegranate flavor at all, however if it’s in there, great, as like Acai, Pomegranate is full of antioxidants.
I think it’s a bit watered down though, and needs more of all those concoction of natural fruit juices’ “kick” to it. I’d also like it to have more viscosity, similar to Hawaiian Sun’s Guava Nectar, which is and always has been my favorite flavor from them.
While it does have added sugar in it, it’s not too sweet or “sugar-water” like. The mild acidity from the juices help tame that impression.
I tried running another can of Beach ‘n Berry Punch with ice through my NutriNinja (same like the NutriBullet), to get some frothy, slushy ice action going on, and it helped a little at first in giving it more character, but its already slightly watered-down flavor became more so as the ice melted, obviously as that would happen.
Hawaiian Sun Beach n’ Berry Punch blended with ice for an ice-cold slushy, frothy mouthfeel
Summing it up, it’s a good, very unique juice punch flavor with a subtle Acai “twang” to it, and tastes very natural, as it is. It just needs to be intensified, and preferably thickened a little in my opinion.
The new Hawaiian Sun Beach ‘n Berry Punch is now available at grocery stores around the islands, while you can also try free samples at the upcoming Made in Hawaii Festival, going on tomorrow, Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20th at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Honolulu, Hawaii – Hawaiian Sun Products introduces Beach n’ Berry Punch to its popular line of tropical fruit juices and teas. Beach n’ Berry Punch combines blueberry, raspberry, and passion fruit juices along with acai and pomegranate flavor for a perfect pairing at the beach, barbecue or family picnic. Not only is Beach n’ Berry Punch loaded with antioxidants, it will satisfy your thirst in the summer heat.
Beach n’ Berry Punch will debut and be sold at the Made in Hawaii Festival at booth 407-408 at the Blaisdell Arena from August 18-20, 2017. Customers can purchase Beach n’ Berry Punch at their favorite grocer starting later this week.
ABOUT HAWAIIAN SUN:
Hawaiian Sun is a family owned and operated business that produces a variety of tropical fruit juices, preserves, chocolate covered macadamia nuts and other delicious food products found in many stores throughout Hawaii, USA and Asia. Founded in 1952, Hawaiian Sun started out as farmers growing papayas, then sold papayas in jars and eventually manufacturing canned juice drinks. Learn more at hawaiiansunproducts.com.
P.S. Ed Fernandez of Hawaiian Sun, the press contact, kindly also provided me with some Hawaiian Sun “Bling”, including these cool Hawaiian Sun-glasses and Hawaiian Sun Frisbee…
Also a Hawaiian Sun reusable shopping bag, stickers and coozies…
And wrapping it up, since I already had it on-hand (c/o Foodland Farms Ala Moana), my favorite Hawaiian Sun product ever since I was a keiki, the one, the only Guava Jelly! Come rub upon my belly like Guava Jelly… Guava, Guavy Jelly lol…