10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Grins

The reasons to drink Grins are endless. Ranging from the practical to the downright fun, we’ve come up with hundreds of reasons why folks should enjoy the Official Beverage of Happy People. Here are 10 of our favorites:

10. A bottle of Grins has 21 less grams of sugar than a 12oz can of coke. Considering the fact that the average American consumes 44 gallons of soda per year a switch to Grins would result in an annual reduction of almost 22 lbs of sugar from the average American diet!

Considering the fact that the average American consumes 44 gallons of soda per year a switch to Grins would result in an annual reduction of almost 22 lbs of sugar from the average American diet...and believe me, that's A LOT of sugar!

22 lbs is A LOT of sugar!

9. Grins has been known to make wishes come true…just look!

Want more hair?

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Apply Grins generously to the scalp…and then buy an awesome wig.

Lost Your Dog?

Found him! And a high five from a real princess too!

Found him in front of Grins Headquarters! And a high five from a member of the Grins Board of Directors too!

8. A 12oz serving of grape Grins has one-third of the amount of sugar and calories as a 12oz serving of pure 100% Grape Juice.

                  Grins Grape                        vs.      Pure 100% Grape Juice

Grins 12oz Nutrition Label (2)100% Grape Juice (untreated)

 7. Grins is the official beverage of the moon…at least that’s what we heard. We’ve reached out to the moon for confirmation, but have yet to receive a response.

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6. One bottle of Grins is an excellent source of Vitamin C! Vitamin C is highly concentrated in our immune cells, making it an essential part of a healthy diet.

Our intern Meredith grabs a Grins and is feeling better in no time!

Our intern Meredith grabs a Grins and is feeling better in no time!

5. The Grins Board is made up of some of the finest minds in the beverage industry.

Grins Board of Directors preparing for an important conference call.

Grins Board of Directors prepares for an important conference call.

7. Grins is colored with fruit and vegetable juice. According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, artificial colors have been linked to an increased incidence of ADD and ADHD…come to think of it, I often find myself overlooking important details when I’m not drinking Grins!

What are you smiling about you FOOL! It says don't walk!

What are you smiling about you FOOL?! It says don’t walk! And who walks with their hands in their pockets?!

Better awareness thanks to B Vitamins and no artificial colors!

Better awareness thanks to B Vitamins and no artificial colors!

3. Grins “out-tested” other leading beverage brands.

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2. Grins is a favorite product and proud supporter of the US Military

Heroes holding Grins.

Heroes holding Grins.

Click the link below to read about Grins’ relationship with the Patriot Foundation, which provides scholarships and support for the children and surviving spouses of soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

http://grinsbev.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/grins-gives-back-patriot-foundation/

1. Grins is The Official Beverage of Happy People!

 

Keep Grinning,

NB


Grins Gives Back: Patriot Foundation

Life Deserves Grins. That’s something we firmly believe. So much so that we built our brand around the concept. But it’s important to recognize why we are afforded the ability to grin every day, and to honor those who have made it their responsibility to protect our unalienable rights: “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

At Grins, we take pride in providing a healthy, hydrating beverage for our troops, but part of our mission is to give back to those in need. That is why Grins is now a proud supporter of the Patriot Foundation.

The Patriot Foundation has provided $2.5 million in college scholarships and other aid to children of soldiers.

The Patriot Foundation has provided $2.5 million in college scholarships and other aid to children of soldiers.

Since the Global War on Terrorism began in 2001, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and families of soldiers have willingly sacrificed to help ensure our freedom. In that time, there have been more than 60,000 casualties and hundreds of thousands of returning veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Founded in 2003, the Patriot Foundation provides scholarships and aid for children of killed and wounded soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., and other selected soldiers. Additionally, they provide child-care funding for families whose surviving spouse needs additional job training. Chuck Deleot, a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, is president of the Patriot Foundation. Over the years he has helped craft the vision for the organization and has worked tirelessly to align with strategic partners that share his goal of helping as many military families as possible.

“Unfortunately, the huge backlog of families needing assistance continues to grow.” Says Chuck, “It is our privilege and honor, in conjunction with our Corporate Partners, to assist the families of our servicemen and women who choose to stand in harm’s way to protect our country and its way of life. We are all enormously indebted to them for our freedom and security. In today’s world, more than ever, ‘freedom is not free’.”

Grins President, Ed Battle (right) presents a check to Patriot Foundation President Chuck Deleot (left). Grins proudly donates 3% of gross revenues (uncapped) to the Patriot Foundation.

Grins President, Ed Battle (right) presents a check to Patriot Foundation President Chuck Deleot (left). Grins proudly donates 3% of gross revenues (uncapped) to the Patriot Foundation.

Likewise, Grins is honored to be a partner of the Patriot Foundation, and we are thankful that Chuck and the rest of his team have committed themselves to providing such a meaningful and important service to the families of killed and wounded soldiers.

To learn more about the Patriot Foundation, please watch the short video below or go to www.patriotscholarships.com.

Keep Grinning (And let’s help others do the same!),

NB


Grins Person of the Month: Langston Peoples (The Food Dude)

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Langston “The Food Dude” Peoples

We have all had that moment where we hear a statistic on the news and cringe. Across the world and even in our own backyards, there are unfortunate truths that, when brought to light, evoke feelings of compassion and a desire to serve. Most of us however, are unable to turn these feelings into action. We are paralyzed by the scale of the situation, and we think that the world’s problems are too big for one person to solve.

Thankfully, there are individuals who seize such opportunities and are determined to make a difference. Eleven-year-old Langston Peoples is one of these individuals. So when Langston learned that 1 in 4 kids in his hometown of Winston-Salem were in danger of going hungry, he immediately wanted to find a way to help. “I was thinking about what my Grandfather Thata says a lot. He says, ‘There is always someone who needs our help. It is our task in life to find a way to help.’”

With his Grandfather’s words playing in his mind, Langston began brainstorming with his mom, Sahana Peoples, about ways he could help. Pretty soon, Langston was putting his thoughts into action. He set up a neighborhood food collection program to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, and now has the designation of Block Captain. Block Captains are essential to the Second Harvest Food Bank, because it is their consistent, year-round effort that helps avoid shortages.

I am lucky enough to be one of Langston’s neighbors, so I have seen him in action for well over a year now. The neighborhood knows him now as the Food Dude, a nickname he uses in his monthly reminders. Langston coordinates monthly pick-ups in our neighborhood. To date, he has collected 2,379 pounds of food! But Langston has not stopped there. In addition to collecting monthly donations for the Food Bank, Langston also saw a need at Vienna Elementary School, where he is a 5th grade student. Langston learned that some of his fellow students were at risk of going hungry when they were not in school. So Langston coordinated additional food pick-ups, requesting items that were specifically intended to go into the “Weekend Backpacks”, which are packed with food and sent home with the kids who need them each Friday.

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Since December 2012, Langston has collected 2379 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC!

Langston “The Food Dude” Peoples has made an incredible impact in a very short period of time, and his passion and dedication to service suggest that this is just the beginning. It’s people like Langston that make us all grin, and that is why he is the Grins Person of the Month!

Keep Grinning,

NB


Lessons From a Marathon

Running a small business teaches you a lot about the importance of persistence and optimism. You need to show up every day and get it done, whatever “it” may be. Each little step is important to achieving the end result, but that end result may not show up for weeks, months, or years. That’s why optimism is critical. You have to believe in what you’re doing, or you’ll be very tempted to throw in the towel before you reach the finish line.

I’d say all of that applies to something I did in my off-work hours this past Sunday. I ran my first marathon. Now I didn’t do this on a whim or anything, I have run a few half marathons before, and I trained for about 12 weeks leading up to the race with a goal of running under 3 hours and 5 minutes (the time needed to qualify for the Boston Marathon). On Sunday morning my wife Kaitlin and I woke up early and made our way to the race for the 7am start. I felt great. My training had gone well, I had avoided injury, and now all I had to do was go out there and, as Kaitlin said, “finish it.” Over the next 3 hours 12 minutes and 11 seconds (spoiler alert, I didn’t qualify) I learned a few things:

1.       A marathon is 26.2 miles!

This sounds obvious and of course I knew the length going in, but there is a HUGE difference between 18 miles (or 20 miles or even 22 miles) and 26.2. I had been warned by others that the marathon was a different animal, but my longest training run was 22 miles and I did not think another 4.2 would do me in. Boy was I mistaken!

2.       The first 13.1 miles is not the time to PR

As someone who has run a number of races of varying lengths, I know better than to expend too much energy early on, so I was committed to not overextending myself early in the race…then the gun went off. I was cruising through the first few miles like they were nothing and I ended up running the fastest half marathon of my life. One problem: I had to run another! By the time I hit mile 15 I started to fade and when I got to miles 18-19 I knew I was in trouble!

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Feeling really good at mile 8

3.       It helps to have great support

The course for my marathon was on the American Tobacco Trail, which is very wooded and secluded. This means that it is not a spectator friendly event, but Kaitlin and our friends Kristin and Derrek were up for the challenge. They drove to different remote points on the course where they waited with some great signs that helped keep my morale up and my thoughts positive. Every possible source of encouragement and motivation is important during a marathon and their efforts certainly helped carry me through the middle miles.

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“…It takes a special kind of idiot to run a marathon.”

4.       The miles you are most proud of may not be your fastest

As I mentioned before, I really hit the wall around 19 miles. My legs just weren’t responding and my energy level was dwindling. I was hoping for a second wind, but I could tell it wasn’t coming. To make matters worse, miles 20-22 were a continuous incline. So by the time I was on my last 4 miles, I was completely spent. There was a moment when I thought that finishing may not be in the cards, but I kept thinking about Kaitlin’s words, “finish it”, and I decided that the only way I would stop running was if I collapsed. By mile 25 I felt like I was crawling and looking back at the splits on my watch I saw that it was in fact my slowest at 9:20, which is a far cry from the 6:45 miles that I averaged for the first 13. But looking back at it, mile 25 was probably the best mile I ever ran. I can barely remember it, but the effort that it took to run that mile far exceeded any in the thousands of miles I had run prior. I will always be proud of that 9:20 mile.

5.       You can’t do it all on your own

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As much as a marathon may be a personal achievement, in my experience it was certainly a team effort. Kaitlin encouraged me throughout my training, and pushed me out the door to run many Saturday mornings when my motivation was lacking. She was also there with me at the end. As I approached the last half mile of the race I saw Kaitlin cheering me on, and I asked her to run with me. This was not premeditated and I do not remember doing it, but at the time I was existing solely on instinct and my instincts were telling me that she was as much a part of this as I was and I wanted her to be a part of it at the end. Kaitlin peeled off sometime before I crossed the finish line, but she gave me a huge boost that carried me through to the finish. Just as I crossed the finish line, my legs gave out. I barely kept myself from hitting the ground and a Marine helped me to a chair. Then Kaitlin and my friend Derrek helped me hobble to the runner’s village for some much needed hydration and caloric intake. The marathon is a humbling race, but for me it was a great opportunity to learn just how supported I truly am.

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“Little help here!”

Training for and running my first marathon was a great experience even though I fell short of my goal. I was in awe of the elite runners that were miles ahead of me, and I was proud of the dedicated runners that were soldiering on miles behind me. I will definitely run another marathon, and at some point, I will qualify for Boston. But for now I need some rest, some ice, and a cold Grins.

Keep Grinning,

NB


Introducing…The Grins Person of the Month

Hello again, Grins fans.

One of the best parts of my job here at Grins and about life in general here in Winston-Salem, NC, is the remarkable people I get to meet in the course of my everyday life. These aren’t celebrities or rock stars or movie stars; they’re just positive, motivated folks who wake up every day with a basic drive to make life better for other people.

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I don’t know about you, but I think these are the people we should be lifting up these days. So I’ve decided to start naming my own “Grins Person of the Month” here on the blog. Every month, I’m going to tell you about someone who has really impressed me with their outlook on life and their efforts to make the people around them grin. These are people who inspire me to do more every day to make this world happier, and I hope they will do the same for you. I’ll send each of them a Grins T-shirt and Grins sample pack to show support for what they do.

Do you know anyone who would make a good Grins Person of the Month? Feel free to share suggestions in the comments on this blog, or by messaging me on Facebook.

Stay tuned, you’ll meet the first Grins Person of the Month very soon!

Keep Grinning.

NB


Let’s have some fun.

Beware blog-o-sphere! There is an impostor in your midst. My name is Nathan Battle, I am the general manager (more aptly named Director of Fun)  and co-founder of Grins Enterprises, and I am going to give this blogging thing a shot. For the past two years I have left all the writing to my talented and eloquent sister Emily. But I feel that the time is right to add my voice to this conversation. I cannot tell you exactly where I am heading with the posts that follow, but my hope is to clarify the Grins mission of promoting healthy living and positivity, while having a lot of fun along the way. When my father and I started Grins two and a half years ago, we were committed to not being a “me, too” brand, and true to form, I don’t think there is anything about our approach that someone would label “traditional.” With that in mind, I do not want anything about this blog to be “traditional,” either. I am not interested in self-promotion, pontification, or saving anyone’s soul. All I want to do is have a conversation.

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I began my career as a history teacher, and I used to always tell my students that I wasn’t there to tell them how it is or how it was, but to share with them a story that they are all a part of. My goal is the same here. I hope that through this blog I can not only share our story, but make everyone who reads it a part of the story. As you may have heard before, Grins is the Official Beverage of Happy People, and with this in mind, I want to end this first post with two requests of all Grins employees, supporters and now blog-readers:

  1. Grin everyday
  2. Make someone else Grin everyday

These two simple requests are at the core of what we do at Grins Enterprises, and I hope to accomplish both each time I contribute to this blog. Feel free to send me any comments, questions, or ideas for future posts. As I said before, you are now a part of the story!

Keep Grinning.

NB


He’s helping us make Grins the best it can be.

Grins is passionate about giving kids and all other consumers healthier options in a beverage marketplace that is too often the enemy of their good health.

We couldn’t do what we do without someone with expertise in food science who shares that passion.

Craig Bair is that person.

Bair has more than three decades of experience working in the food industry. He has a PhD in food science from Iowa State University and has worked with companies including Frito-Lay, GNC, Quaker Oats and many others.

When he came across the then-fledgling organic segment back before it became one of the hottest trends in food sales, he purposefully molded his career to help these manufacturers he saw who were striving for a healthier, more natural product.

“It became my passion,” Bair said. “ It was so much different from the conventional food business, where a lot of people were out there just trying to make food look better and taste better without any conscious effort to trying to keep the nutrition as good as it was naturally.”

In the years since, Bair has been an innovator, always wanting to try things nobody else is doing, with the central goal of making every product he works with as nutritionally beneficial as possible.

“I love being ahead of the curve” he said.

At Grins, we share that passion for innovation, and for working hard every day to make sure there are options on store shelves that will help people, not hurt them, in their quest to live a healthier lifestyle.

Dr. Bair continues to work with us as we strive to make our products even better, based on the needs we see as we talk to experts in the schools, military, youth sports and other groups we visit in our work.

We’re happy to share his expertise and passion for natural ingredients with you in every bottle of The Official Beverage of Happy People.


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