Ocean Spray Brings America’s Fruit to America’s Capital With 2,000 Pounds of Fresh, Floating Cranberries

  Ocean Spray Brings America’s Fruit to America’s Capital With 2,000 Pounds of
  Fresh, Floating Cranberries

 Visitors invited to discover the rich history and heritage of the cranberry
                   inside the Capital’s first cranberry bog

Business Wire

LAKEVILLE-MIDDLEBORO, Mass. -- October 7, 2013

Ocean Spray cranberry growers take pride in delivering the fruits of their
labor to families around the world. On October 8 and 9, the cooperative is
bringing the Capital its first-ever cranberry bog at Union Station! The
cranberry bog replica, complete with 2,000 pounds of fresh, floating
cranberries, provides a stunning backdrop for Ocean Spray grower-owners to
share the taste, health and heritage of this uniquely American fruit. The
cranberry bog exhibit is free and will be open to the public 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ocean Spray will bring a stunning 2,000 pounds of cranberries straight from
the farm to the nation's ...

Ocean Spray will bring a stunning 2,000 pounds of cranberries straight from
the farm to the nation's capital on October 8 and 9. Visitors can learn why
consumers everywhere are fueling themselves with the great taste and healthy
goodness of the cranberry at Washington, D.C.'s first-ever cranberry harvest
outside Union Station. (Photo: Business Wire)

From Farm to School

The healthfulness of the cranberry begins at the farm with the 700 Ocean Spray
grower-owners who have preserved the family farming way of life. Tuesday, Oct.
8, the bog will play host to a lucky group of D.C. school children who will
have the unique opportunity to don waders and immerse themselves in the rich
history and heritage of the cranberry alongside multi-generational American
cranberry growers. The students will learn about the fruit’s healthy origins,
as well as how cranberries get from the farm to their table.

The cranberry’s big, bold taste, vibrant color and endless versatility make it
the perfect addition to any meal — especially lunch. “Recipes like Ocean
Spray’s Turkey Cranberry Rollup with Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, Craisins®
Dried Cranberries Breakfast Bars and whimsical Ladybugs on a Log are the
perfect way to sneak more fruit in at breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time,”
said Neva Moore, the Ocean Spray grower-owner from New Jersey who will lead
the school visit on Tuesday. “There’s nothing more rewarding than showing
children where their food comes from, especially when it’s a fresh, healthy
fruit like the cranberry.”

Color Your Plate with Cranberries

Looking to add more fruit to your diet, increase healthy snacking or reduce
calories, Ocean Spray® has a product to fit your healthy lifestyle; from 100%
Juice Blends, to Diet juice drinks and Reduced Sugar Craisins® Dried
Cranberries.

Products like Ocean Spray 100% Juices and Craisins® Dried Cranberries are
fruit choices on USDA MyPlate. In fact, one serving of cranberries meets 25
percent of the daily recommended fruit needs as outlined in the USDA MyPlate.
Consumers looking to meet these daily requirements can choose different single
serving options including 4 fluid ounces of Ocean Spray® 100% Juice Blends,
one-half cup of fresh cranberries or one-quarter cup of dried cranberries.

“Cranberries are like Mother Nature’s super fruit!” said Ken Romanzi, COO
Ocean Spray Global. “They are naturally low in sugar, allowing us to develop a
wide variety of product choices and reduced sugar options. We have a long
history of providing nutritious products that support the health and wellness
of our consumers, from the land that our growers farm and care for.”

A Healthful Fruit from a Good Place

Can’t visit the bog? Don’t worry! Visitors of all ages can still learn about
the cranberry’s rich heritage. Below are some fun facts about the cranberry:

  *Cranberries are one of only three native fruits cultivated in the United
    States.
  *Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not grow in water. They grow on
    vines in beds layered with sand, peat, gravel and clay. These beds,
    commonly known as "bogs," were originally made by glacial deposits.
  *In addition to Massachusetts, the major growing areas for cranberries are
    New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, the Canadian provinces of
    British Columbia and Quebec, and Chile.
  *Cranberries are naturally low in sugar. They are fat-free,
    cholesterol-free and a good source of fiber.
  *The power of the cranberry centers on its well-documented urinary tract
    health benefits and emerging heart health properties.
  *Americans consume 400 million pounds of cranberries a year; 80 million
    pounds during Thanksgiving week.
  *This year, 80 percent of the cranberries harvested will be consumed in
    North America; the rest will be shipped overseas where the cranberry is
    gaining popularity.
  *It takes 4,400 pressed cranberries to make one gallon of cranberry juice.

Planning to visit the bog? Upload your photos to Instagram and Twitter,
tagging @OceanSprayInc, or Facebook. Then keep the conversation going with the
hashtag #exceptionalcranberry. Consumers interested in learning more about
healthfulness of cranberries or searching for ideas for how to incorporate the
fruit into meals, from breakfast to lunch to dinner – or anytime in between,
should visit www.cranberryhealth.com or www.oceanspray.com.

About Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray is a vibrant agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700
cranberry and grapefruit growers in the United States, Canada, and Chile who
have helped preserve the family farming way of life for generations. Formed in
1930, Ocean Spray is now the world’s leading producer of cranberry juices,
juice drinks and dried cranberries, and is the best-selling brand in the
bottled juice category. The cooperative’s cranberries are currently featured
in more than 1,000 great-tasting, good-for-you products in over 50 countries
worldwide. With more than 2,000 employees and nearly 20 cranberry receiving
and processing facilities, Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business
in a way that respects our communities, employees and the environment. In
fiscal year 2012, Ocean Spray posted record-high gross sales of $2.2 billion
and net proceeds of $338 million.

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Contact:

Ocean Spray
Sharon Newcomb, 508-946-7185
snewcomb@oceanspray.com
or
Weber Shandwick for Ocean Spray
Jana Ross, 617-520-7217
jross@webershandwick.com
 
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