Our troops deserve Grins.

We told you these Grins were on a mission!

We told you these Grins were on a mission!

We just packed up 4,752 cases of the Grins we produced last week at LiDestri Foods and sent them off to Kuwait, where the U.S. Army will use them to spread great-tasting refreshment and cheer at its facilities there.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be sending this product to those who serve our country,” said Grins Director of Operations Nathan Battle. “We are happy that the Army found Grins to be as great a source of hydration and refreshment as all of our other customers have.”

Grins packed up in a shipping container ready for their trip to Kuwait.

Grins packed up in a shipping container ready for their trip to Kuwait.

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Grins runs 6,300 cases at LiDestri Foods in New Jersey

Grins completed a 6,300-case product run last week at LiDestri Foods in Pensauken, N.J.

This was Grins first run at LiDestri, and their hard-working team really put their all into this run. We couldn’t be happier about the results, and we know you will be, too.

Here are a few pictures from our time at LiDestri.

A lot of these Grins are on a very special mission, to a group of people who definitely deserve to be grinning. We can’t wait to tell you about where they are headed very soon.

Stay tuned!

LiDestri Foods Plant Manager Dave Kulak (left) and Quality Assurance Manager Jim Clavin helped make this batch of Grins a great one!

LiDestri Foods Plant Manager Dave Kulak (left) and Quality Assurance Manager Jim Clavin helped make this batch of Grins a great one!

Notice the new label? It should be showing up in schools later this year.

Notice the new label? It should be showing up in schools later this year.

These Grins are on a mission!

These Grins are on a mission!

Sammy, part of the team that really made us grin last week!

Sammy, part of the team that really made us grin last week!

Grins Director of Operations Nathan Battle samples the Strawberry Kiwi.

Grins Director of Operations Nathan Battle samples the Strawberry Kiwi.


More of the same from Pepsi with “Kickstart”

PepsiCo announced this week the launch of a new beverage called “Kickstart by Mountain Dew,” which is supposed to be an alternative to juice or coffee in the morning. It contains some fruit juice, along with artificial sweeteners and colors, high fructose corn syrup and more caffeine than a regular Mountain Dew soda.

It appears to be an energy drink whose flavors (orange citrus and fruit punch) will appeal to young people.

Kickstart contains 92 milligrams of caffeine–compared to 72 milligrams in Mountain Dew. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned against caffeine for young people, saying, “Because of the potentially harmful adverse effects and developmental effects of caffeine, dietary intake should be discouraged for all children.”

It’s drinks like this–and the big beverage companies’ continued efforts to cater to people’s least healthy cravings–that drove us to create Grins in the first place.

Grins is not in the “energy drink” category, although we think the hydration we provide, along with the positivity of our brand, will leave you with plenty of energy. Grins is what is known as a “better-for-you” beverage.

We are trying to wean consumers away from the hyper-sweetened, over-sugared, caffeine-packed concoctions that are hurting them (Have you read the reports linking energy drinks to emergency room trips?).

We don’t use caffeine, fake sugar, fake colors or exotic additives you can’t pronounce.

Grins is meant to put you on a path to a healthy lifestyle, including more activity, better food and better hydration.

We think you can have great taste without compromising nutrition.

We think Life Deserves Grins.


Need we say more?

Sometimes numbers speak for themselves. Here’s a comparison of Grins versus two other beverages that the USDA would allow in schools of all grade levels under its recent “Smart Snacks in School” proposal. Grins would be allowed at the high school level under these rules.

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Want to tell the USDA what you think? Learn more about the proposal here.


Grins: USDA beverage rules could do more to encourage healthy habits

Grins Enterprises Inc. applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to improve the quality of food and beverages America’s children receive in schools through tightened standards for its school meals programs.

The USDA’s “Smart Snacks in School” proposal made earlier this month includes a lot of common-sense standards that will improve young people’s diets.

Grins is a beverage company committed to improving the health and well-being of our country’s children.From that perspective, we must disagree with some key assumptions behind these rules.

While 100 percent fruit juice is a more natural product with more vitamins than soda and sugary juice drinks, parents and children should realize that it still contains a lot of calories and sugar, without providing the fiber and other benefits a person would receive by eating a piece of whole fruit.

The USDA’s proposed rules would allow only milk, water and 100 percent fruit juice in middle and elementary schools. High schools would be able to sell additional beverages, including diet soda and other calorie-free flavored beverages, and other drinks with 50 or fewer calories per 8-oz. serving.

Pure apple juice contains more than two times that amount of calories.

And while artificial sweeteners don’t add to a young person’s calorie load, they have been scientifically proven to interfere with natural appetite control, and can make people crave even more sugary foods.

At Grins, we don’t think these are the right tools to use in the fight against childhood obesity.

Our better-for-you beverages were born at the front lines of that fight. A school foodservice manager told us he was unhappy with the beverage options he had to serve to his students. Popular sports drinks were full of artificial ingredients and sodium, and many drinks packed far too many calories.

Working with a respected expert in the organic and natural foods industry, we developed Grins. Grins is a better-for-you beverage with no artificial sweeteners or colors. It has fewer calories than the average sugar-sweetened beverage, and fewer than half the calories of 100 percent apple or orange juice. Grins also delivers a reasonable dose of essential vitamins.

The human body can’t perform without a constant supply of fluids. Most of us need 64 ounces or more of fluid each day.

In a perfect world, we would all drink water to quench our thirst, but the preference for sweet is programmed into us by evolution, and has been shown to exist from birth.

Grins seeks to fill the need for some of those 64 daily ounces to taste like something other than water, without weighing you down with calories or using artificial ingredients to trick your tastebuds.

Grins can be a fun, healthy part of an active lifestyle, and a growing number of schools, retailers and young athletes are discovering this.

Join us in helping everyone make better choices to get the fluids they need. You can learn more about our story at grinsbev.com.