Have Sport Drinks Changed?

When did sport drinks go from being a healthy way for athletes to replenish lost water and electrolytes during active workouts to having an ingredient profile curiously similar to soda?

The first sports drinks were introduced nearly fifty years ago to college athletes who needed a way to replace water and electrolytes lost during intense, extended workouts. Makes sense, right? The original ingredients were: water, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride, which are some of the most important electrolytes that our bodies need, so the blend probably worked pretty well.

The ingredient profile of today’s sports drink has changed considerably from what it was in the 60’s. One of the most significant changes is the addition of high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. Other additions, such as food coloring agents, preservatives, natural flavors, and even caffeine (found in new sports energy drinks) have also become commonplace ingredients in the new sports drink.

For many health conscious label readers, seeing the new formula as a kind of non-carbonated soda may seem pretty obvious. But that is not how they are being marketed. The new sports drink (a $1.5B annual industry) is sold the same way sports drinks have always been sold—as an essential part of any athletes mission to stay healthy and hydrated. But are the old and new really the same?

Cost & Calories

If your intuition is telling you that a sugary beverage with preservatives and food dye isn’t exactly what you should be drinking after an exhilarating 10k, your intuition might be right. According to the executive editor of Harvard Health, Patrick Skerrett “The truth is this: drink when you are thirsty and don’t waste your money or calories on sports drinks—choose water instead.”

Skerrett, of course, is talking about adults; if you’re talking about teens or children however, Skerrett‘s advice may be doubly relevant. The American Academy of Pediatrics “recommends most children and adolescents shouldn’t consume sports drinks.”

One of the reasons for concern over the health of today’s sports drinks has to do with the unnecessary calories that these drinks deliver. Some new sports drinks may contain as much as 150 calories or enough sweet to equal about 10 teaspoons of sugar!

Healthy Alternatives

If health conscious consumers are saying soda-like sports drinks are out, what’s in? For starters, plain old H20 is the most accessible and cost effective option. But, for people who are looking for options with a little more pallet power, here are a few choices that are healthy and taste great, too.

  • Coconut Water: Full of electrolytes like: potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorus.
  • Watermelon Juice: People who consume watermelon juice before exercise feel less sore the next day.
  • Ola + Water: Mix Ola Noni Immunity with 8oz water for a no sugar added, fruit-flavored boost!

In the fast changing world of consumer beverages, it pays to stay informed about the ways our favorite drinks are evolving. The best way to ensure your drink choices are meeting the standards of your healthy ideals is to read ingredient labels carefully. At Ola we look for things like preservatives, sugars, and synthetic chemicals that don’t sound like real food. Changes like the shift that has taken place in the world of sports drinks are important to take note of. And remember, if you notice a change you aren’t happy with, finding a healthier alternative is usually just a few clicks away.

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Essential Vitamins for Energy & Immunity Drinks

Noni Energy And Noni Immunity Shots

The vitamins in your favorite energy & immunity drinks play a big part in how well they work.

These days there are beverages to help you relax, to help you focus, and even to help you digest food better. And for people looking for beverages to provide a little extra energy or a boost to their immune system, the vitamins contained in your beverages of choice might have a significant impact on how well they work. In this post we’ll look at a few vitamins you should look for when choosing the right energy or immune boosting beverage for you. Specifically, we’ll look at B12, one of the best vitamins for energy, we’ll also look at a few immune boosting vitamins such as Zinc and Folate.

Immune Boosting Vitamins – Zinc and Folate

For many nutritionists, zinc is thought of as the most important mineral supplement, as it is so commonly deficient in the average persons diet. Zink is essential to human growth and is a key nutrient in supporting a healthy immune system. Zinc is needed for proper lymphocyte activity, natural killer cell function, and to proper T cell function. Zinc also has an important relationship with the body’s enzyme systems, which contribute to a healthy immune system. The latest research indicates that zinc may even play a role in the production of antibodies, which help defend against unwanted infection.

Getting an adequate amount of zinc from the foods you eat can be difficult, even for people with the healthiest diets. As a nutrient, zinc is just as valuable to the healthy development of growing plants as it is for humans. Like other minerals zinc needs to be abundant in the soil that your food is grown in if the nutrition is going to be passed onto you in the proper amounts. One of the reasons that zinc is so rare has to do with its origins. Fun fact: zinc has never been produced on earth or in even in our solar system; the only known cosmic event powerful enough to produce zinc is a supernova! Next time you’re getting your daily serving of this mineral remember you’re eating the billion year old bits from one of the biggest fireworks shows in the Universe.

Green Curly Kale

Green Curly Kale can be a great source of folate.

Folate, also known as B9 or Folic Acid (as it is called in it’s synthesized form) is a water soluble vitamin found in a variety of foods including: dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, seeds and legumes such as black beans, lentils and edamame (aka: soy beans). Foods that have been fortified with vitamin B9 have been shown to provide positive support for: proper immune response, cognitive health and for nervous system function.

While folate is an important vitamin, our bodies are not able to produce it in any form on our own. Therefor B9 must be replenished on a daily basis through the foods we eat and from healthy supplements. Not feeding the body enough folate can lead to folate deficiency, which can result in the following symptoms: mental confusion, weakness, depressed mood, fatigue and overall tiredness.

The Vitamin for Energy – B12

Person Swinging From A Rope Into The Ocean

High-energy activities are much more fun when you support your body with the right vitamins.

If you’re like so many Americans who have tried everything to increase your energy levels, but still feel depleted, you may be in need of more B12 in your diet. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in your body’s ability to form normal red blood cells, make DNA for new cells, and to convert the food we eat into useful energy. Current research suggests that B12 levels for 15-40% of Americans are less than adequate for optimal health. Not having the proper amount of B12 in your diet is often over looked by people who are seeking ways to boost their energy levels.

So aside from energy levels, why should you be concerned about getting enough B12? The short-term effects of B12 deficiency can lead to: Mood changes, deep fatigue, and dementia-like qualities, which can get in the way of you feeling energized and performing your best. In the long term, a vitamin B12 deficiency that is left unchecked can lead to irreversible nerve damage, which is why it is important to identify as early as possible.

If you think you might not be getting enough B12 here are a few general tell tale symptoms that can result from a deficiency:

• Overall low energy
• Difficulty with concentration
• Mood changes that are unusual
• Trouble with memory
• Numbness or tingling or in feet or hands
• Red, Inflamed, cracked tongue

While the complications related to B12 deficiency can be very serious, increasing your levels can be easy. B12 is naturally found in high concentrations in a variety of foods including, most meats, cheeses, and eggs. If you’re vegan, I’m sorry to say, there aren’t many fruit or vegetable sources with high concentrations of B12. But alas, there are plenty of vegan supplements that are fortified with the all the B12 you’ll need to stay healthy.

Next time you’re shopping for a perfect beverage to increase energy levels or to support for your immune system, remember that the vitamins in your drink of choice might have a big impact in how well it works. If it’s immune boosting vitamins you’re after, look for zinc and folate (B9 or Folic Acid.) and if it’s energy you’re after, you’ll definitely want to see vitamin B12 on the ingredients list. Hawaiian Ola’s Noni Energy shot contains all of your DRV (daily recommended value) for B12. And Ola’s Noni Immunity Shot is fortified with 5mg of zinc and 100% of your DRV for folate. These vitamin fortifications combined with the many benefits of organic Hawaiian noni make Ola noni shots a perfect option for health conscious drinkers looking for healthy ways to stay energized and support the immune system.

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The Modern Supplement Drink

The Modern Supplement Drinker

The modern supplement drinker is looking for less sugar and more plant-based ingredients.

We drink beverages to stay hydrated, for taste and enjoyment, and for some, a few extra calories between meals. So the question is, what’s next? According to beverage trends, people want more healthy function from their beverages. This expanding consumer demand is giving rise to a new kind of functional supplement drink. For some people, the aim is more energy and for others it’s a boost to their immune system. Whatever the function, the new consumer wants options that are aligned with their modern healthy lifestyles.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an entirely new demand, humans have been taking liquid health tonics for thousands of years with the hope that imbibing an elixir might offer some kind of healthy, = benefit. Coke-cola after all was originally thought to cure ills such as: headache, morphine addiction, and neurasthenia.

So what’s new about today’s healthy supplement drinks? Simply put, the definition of “healthy” is evolving and for many of today’s educated consumers, healthy means less sugar and more real ingredients made from natures oldest source of medicine, plants. In this post we’ll share at a few things to look for when shopping for healthy supplement drinks, specifically when you’re looking for supplements to boost immune system function and supplements for energy.

Ingredients to Consider for Immunity

Noni Power

Ingredients like Noni fruit (aka: morinda citrifolia) are packed with valuable nutrition

In Hawaii, the Noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) has been used as a traditional folk medicine for over a thousand years. Only over the last fifty years however has modern science begun to explore how noni might actually be able to naturally boost immunity. While western science catches up to indigenous Hawaiian knowledge by quantifying Noni’s many health benefits, modern Hawaiians continue to use traditionally prepared noni juice as a natural medicine to ward off unwanted illness.

Sugar Sense

Too much sugar can be tough on your immune system.

Hawaiian Ola Noni Immunity contains no added sugars. Consuming too much sugar has been shown to suppress immune system cells responsible for attacking bacteria. According to web MD “Consuming as little as 75 to 100 grams of a sugar solution (about the same as in two 12-ounce sodas) reduces the ability of white blood cells to overpower and destroy bacteria. This effect is seen for at least a few hours after consuming a sugary drink.” If you’re looking for immune boosting supplements, find an option with no added sugar, as a sugary option could further tax your natural immune response.

Healthy Energy from comes from Healthy Plants

At Ola we believe the best energy supplement you can take is one that is energized with organically grown plants. Ola Noni Energy is caffeinated with a blend of two caffeine sources: Organic Yerba Mate and Organic Green Tea. The benefits of using these plant based caffeine sources over isolated, synthetics are that they contain certain vitamins and phytonutrients that are found almost exclusively in plant based caffeine. The difference reported by users is that caffeine from plants provides a calm, gradual lift that lacks the sharp ups and crashes associated with beverages caffeinated with synthetics. Learn more about the difference.

Green Tea Power Plant

Green Tea is a great example of a powerful, plant-based energy source.

Some products attempt to appear healthy by calling themselves “natural energy supplements” while using synthetic caffeine for energy. Here’s a tip that’ll help you spot the difference between plant based and synthetic caffeine sources. Caffeine that comes from plants will typically be listed on an ingredients panel by the name of the plant from which it was derived (green tea for example). Synthetics on the other hand will not list a plant name, rather they will list the name of the compound or chemical used to caffeinate the beverage (caffeine or gurana for example).

If you are one of the many new consumers looking for natural supplements that meet your modern standard for healthy living, remember these tips at the super market: Hawaiian noni has been used as a natural immune booster for over a thousand years, with sugar less is truly more, natural caffeine comes from plants not industrial labs, and spotting synthetics is easy if you’re a label reader that knows what to look for.

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The Rise of the Health Drink

Organic Noni Immunity Bottle

Noni Immunity contains no added sugar, is certified organic, and is packaged BPA-Free.

Today, the number one source of calories in the United States is soda; even large-scale producers of bottled water are adding things like sugar and salt to their products. Over the last several decades the market for beverages has grown and matured a great deal—and similarly, the consumers that drive the demand for beverages is maturing as well. The popularity of drink options that contain less (or no) sweetener and real ingredients over ingredient flavoring are on the rise.

Label readers are on the lookout for things like preservatives, dyes, and GMO ingredients. In short, consumers are moving towards health drinks. At Ola we’re committed to giving health conscious consumers who are looking for healthy energy supplements a product that they can trust. In this post we’ll look at three things Ola is doing to stay ahead of the health curve by being certified USDA organic, not selling sugar water, and packaging Ola BPA-free.

Certified organic by the USDA

Certified Organic

Products certified organic by the USDA are grown without the use of conventional pesticides.

Being certified organic is important to Hawaiian Ola because the USDA seal of organic authenticity is a way to quickly convey three important things about our products to consumers. In order for a health supplement to be certified as organic by the USDA, products must adhere to three important standards: 1) raw ingredients must be grown from non genetically modified (GMO-Free) plants, 2) crops must be farmed without using any harmful pesticides and, 3) plants used in organic products must be grown without using any synthetic fertilizers.

Enough with the sugar water

Just one or two sugary drinks per day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by in men 25%—even more, young people who consume extra sugary drinks on a daily basis increase their risk of obesity by 60%. In the US, Less than 1% of all energy drinks are made from organic ingredients and of the few energy products that are organic, most share the same main ingredients: water and sugar. For many consumers (especially avid label readers) who are looking for healthy energy drinks, the options can seem limited. When we created Ola Noni Energy and Noni Immunity we set out to make a genuinely healthy product that we could feel good about sharing with our friends and family. Ola is made from healthy juices like organic noni (our first ingredient), organic mango, passion fruit, acai, and goji juices, just to list a few.

BPA-free for you and for me

BPA Free Packaging

Products packaged in containers that are BPA-free are better for you.

BPA is an acronym for an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics for decades. BPA is commonly found in containers used to store foods, health supplements, and beverages. Research has shown that, in some cases BPA can leak from BPA containers into the food being stored within them. Exposure to BPA can be cause for concern because the possible health effects related BPA exposure could negatively effect: behavior, the prostate gland of fetuses, infants, children, and the brain.

Health supplements like Ola represent a new breed of emerging products that are focused on giving consumers who are looking for healthy supplement options something that fits their modern and informed definition of a health drink. Next time you are out shopping for a health supplement to up your energy levels or boost your immune system, look for health drink options that are organic, packaged BPA free, and made from real ingredients and not sugar water.

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Boost Your Energy Naturally

Plant-Based Foods That Boost Energy Naturally

Hawaiian Gardener At Kona Hawk Farms

Farm fresh vegetables are a perfect source of clean energy.

These days almost everyone could use a little more energy, and for those of us looking for an energy boost that is natural, finding an option that works and is healthy can be difficult. Less than 1% of all energy drinks are organic and of the few that are, many of their ingredient labels begin with water and sweetener. Hawaiian Ola is a natural energy booster that is caffeinated with organic yerba mate and green tea and is flavored with real ingredients (Ola’s first ingredients are 100% organic fruit juice).

As eating healthy continues to become more popular, we think people are going to continue to look for healthy options like Ola to perk up in place of the high-octane, sugary options that may not be so healthy. In this article we will look at several popular natural energy boosters that (like Ola Noni Energy) can help consumers feel more energy without compromising their health goals.

Banana & Coconut Are Your Friends

Hawaiian Grown Bananas

Organically grown Hawaiian bananas are a great source of potassium. Yum!

The Oil in coconuts mainly consists of a very specific kind of medium chain triglyceride, which is a kind of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently. Eating these types of oils can prevent you from feeling slow and tired throughout course of your day.

Bananas are a great energy food because they contain a variety of sugars (fructose, sucrose, and glucose) and healthy fiber. For a great anytime snack, pair a banana with your favorite nut butter (my favorite is sunflower butter) and the rest is nom. This healthy bite will provide an extra boost of energy that will keep you going between meals.

Stay Strong With Kale & Spinach

Healthy Greens

Getting enough leafy greens in your diet is essential for balanced health and well being.

Truly a super-food, Kale is high in minerals and vitamins, and can be a great way to boost energy levels while also being daily source for calcium! If you’re a smoothie person, blend with your favorite fruits and vegetables and enjoy spinach raw. If you prefer your kale to be cooked, be sure to cook it thoroughly and consider adding some oil and vinegar. This extra processing will add flavor and help break the kale down so that you get all of kale’s nutritional value (minerals and vitamins) by making it easy to digest and be absorbed in the body.

Did you know that a single cup on spinach contains sixty-five percent of your daily value (DV) for Folate and more than twenty percent of your DV for vitamin B6! Spinach can also be great source for Iron, which is an important mineral for producing energy in the body. If you’re one of the many people who consistently experience a feeling of energy loss in the middle of the day, try having a spinach salad for lunch, it’s a great way to avoid the afternoon energy dip.

Go Nuts With Cashews & Almonds

Drying Macadamia Nuts

We didn’t have any photos of almonds or cashews. These Hawaiian Mac nuts will have to do. :)

Ever wonder, why so many trail mix blends include cashews—it’s not an accident. For one, cashews are one of the least fatty nuts available. They’re antioxidant rich (which is great for your heart) and also contain valuable omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Since cashews are loaded with important minerals such as, magnesium, copper, zinc, and iron, they’ll help keep your energy levels up during a variety of physical activities.

This amazing nut has been praised for health benefits such as reducing your risk of heart attack, alkalizing the body and promoting healthy brain function. Almonds contain high amounts of riboflavin, copper, manganese and protein. Minerals such as manganese and copper play an important role in the healthy flow of energy in the body they also play a role in helping bodies neutralize certain cellular toxins.

The next time you’re looking for a healthy boost, go for a healthy option like Noni Energy, or fruits like coconuts and bananas, or greens like kale and spinach, or nuts like almonds or cashews. The energy from these kinds of sources will give you the immediate energy you’re looking for now while supporting your body nutritionally throughout the day.

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Jason Lester’s Run-to-Rebuild Transcontinental Adventure

The Adventure Begins – May 5th 2013

Jason Lester Running

Jason Lester is running from California to New York in order raise money for building homes

At 9AM this morning, Hawaiian Ola sponsored Ultra-Endurance Athlete Jason Lester embarked on an epic journey—a 3,100-mile transatlantic run across America. The journey began at San Francisco’s city hall and will end in New York City New York. In collaboration with Waves for Water (W4W), which supports neighborhoods and communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Jason and sponsors like Hawaiian Ola are working to meet a noble goal.

The aim is to raise $20,000, which will rebuild a home for one family, giving them a restorative step forward toward the future. The ultimate goal? To raise as much money as possible to help many families rebuild their homes. As Jason crosses the United States, Hawaiian Ola will be following his progress closely and sending him plenty of Noni Energy along the way. Jason’s end goal will be to reach New York City NY. Go Jason!

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Natural & Synthetic Caffeine

understanding the difference

Everyday, millions of people take part in a beloved daily ritual. For some, it’s starting the morning with a fresh cup of coffee, for others it’s a steamy gourd of Yerba Mate. What they have in common is something that’s made them the most popular drinks on the planet—caffeine. To many consumers, caffeine is caffeine, but to a growing number of people, the difference between synthetic and naturally derived sources is an important distinction. For these drinkers, taking a closer look into the ways caffeine-containing products are made tells an important story about how they affect our bodies.

Today there’s no shortage of new research on the positive benefits of naturally caffeinated drinks. In men, coffee has been shown to lower the risk of prostate cancer and in women, lower the effects of depression. Similarly, the leaves of the tea plant have been found to contain potent, naturally occurring antioxidants, which are powerful agents in the prevention of disorders such as Alzheimer’s. But these and other benefits are associated with caffeine sources harvested from natural plants. What about the synthetic caffeine found in sodas, popular energy drinks, and sweets? What sort of effects do they have on our bodies?

To understand how synthetic caffeine interacts with the body, it’s important to know how it’s made. The process takes place in a lab or a factory and involves the chemical synthesis of urea, which is exposed to a variety of harsh chemicals such as methyl chloride and ethyl acetate. When the process is complete the caffeine created is a very pure isolate that is highly concentrated. Caffeine made in this way is absorbed and processed quickly in the digestive system, which is why consuming products containing synthetic caffeine generally results in a very sharp increase in energy and the all-to-common “crash” reported by so many drinkers.

Natural caffeine on the other hand is made by unique, caffeine producing members of the plant kingdom. Currently, we know of around 60 species that have evolved this trait. When these plants are harvested for consumption, the caffeine present isn’t all that different from its synthetic counterpart. What makes it unique is the additional presence of plant-based vitamins and nutrients found alongside the caffeine. These companion compounds help balance out the caffeine’s effects. Additionally, natural forms of caffeine are far less concentrated than isolated synthetics. The result is a more balanced experience where users report a pleasant lift, sustained energy, and a gradual descent from the caffeine’s effects.

The way we see it, clean energy comes from healthy plants, which is why Hawaiian Ola is naturally caffeinated with Organic Yerba Mate and Green Tea. These plants have been used throughout Asia and Central America as healthy caffeine sources for many generations. We choose to source organic to ensure the plants we use are grown without any harmful pesticides, GMO’s, or non-organic fertilizers. Next time you’re out shopping for a healthy buzz, remember that not all caffeine sources are the same; synthetic and natural caffeine products can have very different effects on our bodies. If you have a preference and aren’t sure how to distinguish between the two, keep this in mind: if a product’s ingredients list includes the word “caffeine,” it’s synthetic—if you see the name of a caffeine producing plant such as Green Tea or Yerba Mate then it’s natural.


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7 Reasons to vote YES on 37!

The Opposition
Monsanto, DuPont, & Pepsi Co. are behind a campaign against Proposition 37 that has spent over 47 MILLION dollars (over 1 Million per day recently) to keep the bill from passing. Consumer Advocates say that “No on 37” proponents have used many of the same tactics used by big tobacco this summer in a campaign to defeat Proposition 29 requiring an additional tax on cigarettes to fund research into related cancers. Their strategy was to spend a lot of money flooding TV and radio waves with campaign messaging to vote it down—and they won.

No Sales Ban
Despite the claims from the opposition that 37 will “ban the sale of thousands of groceries”, the fact is it wouldn’t. The only change would be a packaging requirement labeling GM products with the phrase “partially produced with genetic engineering” anywhere on the back or front of the packages.

No Price Hikes
An economic study on Proposition 37 conducted by Joanna Shepherd Bailey, Ph.D., a tenured professor at Emory University School of Law, found that “Consumers will likely see no increases in prices as a result of the relabeling required.” “California consumers know that putting a little ink on a label is not going to change food prices,” said Stacy Malkan, Media Director of California Right to Know.

Friends & Profits
In the US, corporations are considered people in the eyes of the law. The question is what kind of people are Monsanto, DuPont, and Pepsi Co? Would they look out for your best health interests when making decisions about labeling your food—or is there a chance that their campaign to keep GM food unlabeled could have anything to do with generating profits or minding the best interests of their shareholders?

In 2009 a CBS poll found that 53% of Americans would not buy food that was genetically modified. In recent polls 90% of Americans would like to see GMO products labeled. Currently 94% of all soy products, 72% of all corn products, and 80% of all pre-packaged foods contain genetically modified material.

In 61 other countries including Japan, Australia, and Switzerland governments have already passed laws requiring GMO labeling. Yet in the United States, Congress has never even held a vote on the issue to give shoppers the opportunity to exercise their most basic right – to choose.

Make History
Passing 37 would be a landmark win for advocates of food transparency. If California passed a GMO labeling bill it would make history by setting a president as the first US state to require labeling laws for GM food which could lead the way for other states and even national policy changes.

Today you have the chance to make a difference. By voting yes on 37 you’ll be supporting food transparency and standing up for your right to know what’s in your food. Large food and chemical companies selling sugar water and pesticides would tell you to vote no—however, proponents of Yes on 37 such as the Center for Food Safety, Organic Consumers Association, and American Public Health Association do not stand to make a profit from your vote, they are simply concerned citizens like you that believe we should have the right to know what we’re eating.

Let’s make history today! Learn more at California Right to Know & Vote!

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Hawaiian Ola’s first Bottling Day

On Friday, August 2nd, Ola’s founder left Sonoma County for the San Francisco airport; he’d be arriving in the southwest United States that evening to meet our bottling team for DragoNoni’s first production run. On the plane Brett checked and re-checked blend ratios and inventory lists; he finished reading Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine and tried to settle his anticipation and excitement surrounding the run. Brett says the feeling was like “being a kid waiting for morning the night before Christmas”.

Our bottlers facilities are huge, Brett says. Over 40 million dollars of high-tech specialty robotics and automated bottling equipment made us feel like we were in the hands of professionals. After a quick tour of the facilities, the first phase of bottling was ready to begin—batching. First however, the folks at the plant swapped Brett’s Hawaiian tie-dye for some full coverage bottling gear, which would be stained in superfruit juice before the process was complete.

Batching began at 8pm—odd hours are typical for large production facilities like this; upon a thorough pre-inspection of the ingredients, Brett was disappointed to find some of the packages had been damaged in transit and would not be usable for this batch. So they made the best of it and moved forward, changing the total number of shots being run to match the ingredients that were available and began blending. The mixture was tested many times until Brett was satisfied with it. In the end Brett and the batcher stayed at the plant until 3am that night getting it perfect—this was the bottlers longest batching session to date.

The batcher said, “usually the CEO comes to take pictures, and stands behind the glass while we do the blending…they don’t really get their hands dirty”. But Brett preferred to be hands on, working through the night to stay in touch with the process and ensure quality above all. Looking back at the many hours he’d spent over the last year honing his palate and blending different versions of the juice, Brett was thankful for all the time he’d spent designing the flavor and taking feedback from every taster he could find.

Back at the hotel that night Brett slept for two hours before starting again at a sunrise meeting with one of the plants managers to begin the real fun—bottling! After a brief meeting to nail down some final production details, Brett and the team were ready to go. The factory environment is a busy place with lots of moving parts; filled bottles are sleeved (at 180 per minute) and carefully placed into their 12-pack boxes by hand, which are then placed in larger shipper cases to be neatly stacked onto pallets.

As the day came to a close and production was nearing its end Brett couldn’t help himself—wanting to be a part of the process he found himself in line packing boxes with the friendly staff before rushing to the airport for a midnight arrival back in California. Needless to say our first bottling run was a success!

From an idea that started at a small working Noni farm in Hawaii to the first ever organic Noni energy shot, the past 18 months have been full of hard work and good times finding creative solutions to new challenges, all leading to the day we could finally share Ola with the world. Cheers and many thanks to our friends at the plant and everyone else who helped us reach this exciting milestone.

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Ola’s bottler runs their first organic beverage!

Marking the first EVER organic product to roll off of their production lines, Ola’s co-packer bottles our first run of Hawaiian Ola tomorrow! Six months ago, when we first heard of our bottling partners, we knew they’d be a great fit; the management and staff were knowledgeable, experienced and friendly; the facilities were top notch; and best of all they were fans of Noni!! The only problem was that the facility wasn’t certified organic. So we did the only thing that made sense, and funded the organic certification.

Over the summer our friends at the plant have worked hard to integrate a long list of new processes and procedures needed to adapt the facilities to a new organic life. A core part of our mission at Hawaiian Ola is to do everything we can to expand the demand and availability of healthy organic goods. Our hope with their certification is that we’ve opened up another avenue for organic products like Ola to make their way into peoples daily lives. Today, the plant will undergo an organic makeover meaning; their facility and equipment will be cleaned of all things un-organic prior to beginning the first phase of bottling (batching) which starts tonight at around 7pm. Throughout the entire process, Ola will be onsite to report on each step with photos and updates so stay tuned for more!

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