Q. Why are you partnering with Coca-Cola?
A. For a small company like Suja, it is actually really hard to produce and sell our product profitably. This is because we buy small amounts of organic produce, use the awesome but expensive HPP process, and don’t have an extensive enough distribution network to get our juices to you efficiently. For our first three years in business, we’ve relied on outside investment to be able to keep our doors open and keep making the juice you love. This only works for so long however, and in order for us to achieve our mission of democratizing the best juice – a mission we take INCREDIBLY seriously – we realized that we would have to partner with a company that has existing tools that we can leverage. Accepting a minority investment from The Coca-Cola Company allows us to leverage their distribution network and to expand our production to meet growing demand, without changing anything about our juices, which will remain organic, non-GMO and HPP’d blends of cold-pressed juice and purees. The only thing that will change is that we will become available in more places – which is why we started Suja in the first place. Click www.sujajuice.com/coca-cola-announcement to learn more.
Q. Is Suja now owned by Coca-Cola?
A. Suja is not owned by The Coca-Cola Company. Coke made a minority investment in our company, meaning we are still privately held and nothing will change about our product: it will always be Organic, Non-GMO and HPPd blends of cold-pressed juice & purees. But now we get to work with Coke to achieve our mission of getting an organic, non-GMO and HPP juice into as many hands as possible. Click www.sujajuice.com/coca-cola-announcement to learn more.
Q. What will change about Suja?
A. The only thing that will change is that our juices will be available in more places! We remain committed to our promise to our fans: Our juice will always be organic, cold-pressured, and free of any additives. We take this promise VERY seriously, so please keep us honest: If you notice anything changing about the quality of our product, please let us know. Click www.sujajuice.com/coca-cola-announcement to learn more.
Q. Why is Suja trying to democratize juice?
A. Did you know that only 4% of US food sales is of organic products and yet in a recent Gallup poll, 45% of the US population reported actively trying to add organic foods and beverages to their diets? It makes sense if you think about it. Organic juice is more expensive than non-organic juice, and it’s not as widely available, making it harder to find and afford. We believe that everyone should have the option to buy organic juice so we want to make it available everywhere and at a price point most can afford. Click www.sujajuice.com/coca-cola-announcement to learn more.
Q. Who at Suja can I talk to about this deal?
Q. Is Suja Organic and Non-GMO?
A. Yes. Our complete line of cold-pressured beverages are USDA certified Organic. All of our products are also Non-GMO and certified by the Non-GMO project.
Q. I want your juices carried at my local store. How do I suggest to them that they carry it?
A. Visit the customer service desk at your local store and request to speak to the person in charge. You can suggest they reach out to our sales team who can be contacted at [email protected]
Q. Can my kids drink Suja?
A. Of course! We’ve designed the taste profiles so that kids love the juices too.
Q. What’s the environmental impact?
A. We maintain a low carbon footprint by sourcing locally. As a result of being organic, our farms are pesticide and herbicide-free. The containers that we provide our juices in are PETE #1 plastic bottles which are recyclable.
Q. Why don’t you use glass bottles? And are your plastic bottles BPA free?
A. Interestingly plastic is a better choice for us than glass for the following reasons:
- Plastic uses considerably less energy than glass to be recycled.
- It is dramatically lighter than other bottle options, which means less fuel is used to create and deliver each bottle.
- Our method of ensuring that the product is safe from bacteria is called Cold Pressure, or HPP. This FDA approved method of pasteurization can only be done in a plastic container.
All Suja Juice bottles are 100% BPA free.
Q. Is Suja Kosher?
A. All of our products are OU certified Kosher.
Q. What is Cold pressure?
A. At Suja, we use Cold Pressure, also known as High Pressure Processing (HPP), instead of high heat, to extend shelf life & to help maintain essential vitamins, minerals & enzymes. Head on over to ColdPressured.org to learn more.
Q. Is your juicer the same as my blender?
A. Actually, they are not the same. We cold press, hydraulically. First we grind or cut the produce into a fine pulp. Then we apply thousands of pounds of pressure to the pulp extracting every ounce of juice that the fruit or vegetable has to give. This results in you receiving the most nutritional value possible. A traditional blender uses high speed to spin and often times heats the product. As a result of having the skin liquefied your body still needs to break it down to digest thereby limiting what you can quickly receive into your bloodstream.
Q. Where is your production facility?
A. We make our juices in sunny San Diego.
Q. How should I store my juice?
A. Keep it chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to consume it.
Q. Can I drink your juices if I am a diabetic?
A. While you should check with your doctor first, the answer is usually “NO” because of the amount of natural sugar in the fruit that is used to make our juices. Twelve Essentials and Lemon Love are two low-sugar Suja options, but we recommend consulting your doctor concerning any dietary changes.
Q. Can I drink Suja if I am lactose intolerant?
A. Of course! All Suja products are dairy-free.
Q. Can I drink Suja if I am on a Gluten-free diet?
A. Yes, again! All of our products are gluten-free.
Q. I’ve heard fiber is good for you and these juices don’t have much fiber.
A. Fiber is great for regulating and cleaning out your digestive tract. However there is a significant energy expenditure that your body undergoes when it has to separate juice from fiber. By drinking cold-pressured juices, your body gives your digestive tract a break.
Q. Why does your juice separate?
A. Without the use of artificial additives (which we never use!) separation in juice occurs naturally, due to the varying densities of fruits & veggies. Simply shake & enjoy!
Q. Do you sponsor athletes?
A. At this time, we do not sponsor athletes.
Q. Do you offer group discounts?
A. If you are interested in doing a Fresh Start program with more than 8 people. please contact [email protected]
Q. Are you a publicly traded company?
A. Suja Juice is a privately owned company and we are not looking for investors at this time.
Q. I see that you offer “Master Cleanse” as one of your Suja Classic offerings. Do you recommend doing the Master Cleanse?
A. We offer Master Cleanse simply as a tasty addition to your daily lifestyle. Instead, we recommend doing one of our Fresh Start programs, as these contain a variety of nutrient-rich juices that help reposition you for a healthy lifestyle.
Q. Can you freeze any of your juices or smoothies?
A. If you choose to freeze your Suja product, please consider the following:
- We fill our bottles to the brim so be aware that expansion may occur when freezing. We recommend putting the juice in a larger container to accommodate this.
- The shelf life of our juices is about 37-55 days, depending on the flavor. Look to see how many days are left before the expiration before you freeze your juice, and then remember to drink the product within that same time frame after thawing. For example, if there are 10 days left before your juice’s expiration when you freeze it, remember to drink it within 10 days after thawing.
Q. Can I drink Suja after it passes the expiration date?
A. No, we do not recommend drinking any Suja product after it has expired.
Q. Do you ship nationally?
A. Yes! We ship all of our juices via FedEx according to the following schedule:
- Orders placed on Monday by 5pm PST: Earliest delivery will be Thursday (same week) or you can choose any Tuesday-Friday in the following weeks.
- Orders placed on Tuesday by 5pm PST: Earliest delivery will be Friday (same week) or you can choose any Tuesday-Friday in the following weeks.
- Orders placed on Wednesday-Thursday by 5pm PST: Earliest delivery will be Tuesday (following week) or you can choose any Tuesday-Friday in the following weeks.
- Orders placed on Friday-Sunday by 5pm PST: Earliest delivery will be Wednesday (following week) or you can choose any Tuesday-Friday in the following weeks.
*Delivery dates subject to change in the event of a national holiday
*We guarantee 7 days before expiration on all shipments.
Fresh Start Program FAQ
Q. Does it really matter what order I drink the juices?
A. The order in which you consume your juices affects how you absorb, assimilate, and digest nutrients. For example, when your stomach is empty first thing in the morning, it’s able to assimilate whatever you put in it much more than if you consumed something prior. That is why we always have a nutrient dense green juice first. We also end our program with a soothing option, Vanilla Cloud to help you fall asleep and stay full throughout the night.
Q. Will I be hungry on the program?
A. Yes, you probably will feel some hunger in the first day or two. This is completely normal and should pass as your body acclimates to consuming liquids only. Many times, the sensation we are feeling is not true hunger. The truth is, most of us can go without solid food and be just fine. Usually, it is the feeling of an empty stomach or the ritual of eating at certain times that we mistake as hunger.
Q. What if i want to do a Fresh Start program that is longer than 5 days?
A. We recommend our Fresh Start Program for 1, 3 or 5 days. If you would like to extend it, we recommend consulting with your doctor to ensure safety.
Q. Do I need to do any preparation before the program?
A. It is recommended that you cut out alcohol, processed foods, excess salt, white flour and bread products, and refined sugar a day or two before the program and load up on fresh fruits and veggies. This will make the transition a lot easier and help jump start the process.
Q. Are there any side effects to the Suja Fresh Start program?
A. Some people experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and moodiness. This is completely normal. Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest and know that you will soon be feeling much better.
Q. How many calories are in a Fresh Start program?
A. This varies depending on the Fresh Start you select. Our Original Fresh Start is about 960 calories per day and our Core Fresh Start is about 700 calories per day. Please remember that these calories are calories with no additives, just the organic produce.
Q. Can I do the program if I am pregnant or nursing?
A. We don’t recommend juice only diets while you are pregnant or nursing. You should consult your doctor.
Q. Is it OK to exercise while on the program?
A. Absolutely! Exercise supports the process. Just remember if you are doing heavy exercise that you need to consume more calories to balance it. Visit our blog to find some excellent workout tips to do while doing a Fresh Start program.
Q. I’ve heard that our bodies naturally cleanse themselves. If this is true then why should I do the Suja Fresh Start program?
A. It’s true that our bodies do cleanse naturally. However by doing one of our Fresh Start programs, you not only give your body a break but you also bring balance and perspective back into your life and reposition yourself for a healthy lifestyle.
Q. How will I feel on the program?
A. While we hope that you feel great from the start, usually effects get worse before getting better. As best you can, take a “this too shall pass” mindset and increase the alkaline water to flush. You can also get fresh air, walk, move, and/or take a hot bath.
Q. I don’t have much time, but I’d like to do the Suja Fresh Start program. Is it useful to do it for just one day?
A. Absolutely! One day can be very helpful. For some, a brief Fresh Start can be a confidence-building exercise that leads to healthier habits. Others might add one day a week ongoing. It’s ALWAYS good to add more fresh, ripe, organic, plant-based food and juices and if you only have 24 hours, you’ll still reap the benefits.
Q. During the program can I have seltzer or sparkling water? Gum? Tea?
A. We recommend consuming exclusively fruit and vegetable juices and plain, pure water. However, we understand that the program can be challenging and sometimes you just need a little something. The best option is to consume decaf herbal teas. Sparkling water is ok, as long as it has no added ingredients. Gum is not recommended as it usually contains chemicals.
Q. What do I eat when I finish the program?
A. The first meals out of the program should be hydrating and light. Your digestive tract has been resting, so you don’t want to jolt it awake immediately. You want to slowly ease it back into operation. Blended smoothies, soups, and salads are all great choices. Re-introduce heavier proteins and higher fat foods slowly and one at a time over a couple days following your Fresh Start program.
Q. What about juicing only until dinner? I have business dinners that I need to attend, and don’t want to seem anti-social.
A. Many of us long-term juicers frequently “stay liquid” until dinner. Just make sure you drink enough food (blended) and juice (without fiber) so that when you sit down for dinner your hunger doesn’t cause you to overeat. Most restaurants will also accommodate special diets. You can ask for a good bottled water (sans “gas”), a nice vegan soup, and a hefty salad (remember to ask them to add avocado, and other veggies you see on the menu or on the “sides”). Ask with a smile and you’ll likely get a lovely, healthy meal that might even inspire your colleagues to do their own Fresh Start program!
Q. What are the differences between Suja Classic, Suja Elements & Suja Essentials? Can I do a Fresh Start program with Suja Elements or Essentials?
A. Suja Classic is a convenient way to get your daily intake of fruits & veggies, Suja Elements are juices and smoothies with a cause (each bottle donates 20-25 cents to an important cause) and are available exclusively at Whole Foods Market & Suja Essentials are delicious, nutritious smoothies with less calories and sugars than most national brands. We recommend doing the Fresh Start Program with Suja Classic as these juices have an emphasis on vegetables and we have especially formulated the Program to include a specified daily calorie count and nutrient profile.
Q. I noticed your Fresh Start program has more sugar and carbohydrates than I normally consume. Is that healthy for me?
A. Unlike added sugars like table sugar, agave or other sweeteners, fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars that are not linked to any adverse health effects. Unlike added sugar, when you drink cold-pressured juice you are also also absorbing the vitamins, minerals and enzymes from the fruit and vegetables. In fact, these foods are encouraged by health professionals due to their nutrient density. It is perfectly healthy to consume 180 grams of complex carbohydrates when you are doing our Fresh Start program since these carbohydrates will be your primary energy source throughout the program. Since no single food provides all of the nutrients your body needs, we recommend that you follow a balanced diet following any of our Fresh Start programs.