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Friday, October 21, 2011

This week's featured product: Wheat thins crips and Newtons Fruit Thins

For today's demo, I will be giving out free samples of Wheat Thins and Newtons Fruit Thins at the Albertsons store near Lake Steven's WA from 10:30 to 4:30 pm
wheat thins. || Newton Fruit Thins

Product Features:

Newtons Fruit Thins: Made with real fruit Good source of whole grain (8 grams per serving) No high fructose corn syrup Comes in 4 delicious flavors Unexpected flavor combinations

 Triscuit Thin Crisps:
-New bold flavor
-May help reduce the risk of heart disease
 -Good source of dietary fiber
-Contains 4.5g fat per serving -Baked with 100% whole grain
 -0g trans fat per serving -Kosher dairy -Comes in a new snack box

So, what do you think about the Wheat Thins or the Newton Fruit Thins?

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ryan's Official Product review of the Coca Cola Fuze

Hello, this is Ryan, and I am the author of this blog.  As you probably know, I was doing a demo today promoting the coca cola fuze energy drinks and I was able to try out some of the sample product myself (I couldn't resist).  Anyways, in case if you are looking for information about this product, you have come to the right place.  In this post, I will tell you everything I know about the Coca Cola fuze, talk about some of the features of this product, what I liked about the product and what I didn't like the product. 

Disclosure policy: this review/endorsement is based on my personal experience with the Coca Cola Fuze and may or may not reflect the viewpoints of Advantage Sales and Marketing, Albertsons, Amazon (one of the two affiliate programs I am hosting on this blog, besides adsense).  Also, be sure to check the incgredients of the product before trying it (after all, it is a low calorie energy drink).

Sales stats so far at Amazon.com for this month (this figure will change as I get transactions)  - 0

In a nutshell, if you liked the Snapple juice beverages, you will probably love the Fuze energy drinks (my guess is that it is probably Coca Cola's answer to the Snapple drinks) as I thought that it tasted almost like Snapple, especially the blueberry rasberry kind as well as the strawberry watermelon kind.  It is a low calorie drink though, and although I didn't notice an aftertaste to this drink, some of the people that sampled this product noticed a little bit of an aftertaste (probably from the succulose in it, though I didn't noticed the after taste nearly as much as you would with Cascade Ice, as well as the new MIO drinks which both have an aftertaste to it).

Product features and benefits:
==> Loaded with vitamins and minerals (lots of vitamins A, C, and E)- it is almost like the vitamin water drinks that way, as well as the Snapple drinks.  Can be a good idea if you want some extra vitamins and minerals in your system
==> No caffine or ginsing (or similar ingredients found in most energy drinks).  So, if you don't like the Rockstar energy drinks or similar beverages that are loaded with caffine, ginsing, etc you will probably like the Fuze Drinks.  Of course, if you prefer having energy drinks with caffine or ginsing, you might opt for a different brand (such as Rockstar)
==> Comes in many differnet flavors.  At the demo I did, I was promoting the 1) strawberry watermelon, 2) pomegranate, and 3) blueberry rasberry flavors.  However, there are many other flavors too, including cranberry, tropical punch, and several other flavors.   By the way, I did link to a variety pack verson of the Fuze drinks near the top of the page at Amazon, so if you want to try out the different flavors, feel free to do so.
==> No fizz or carbonation.  Most energy drinks are carbonated (especially Rockstar, Red Bull, and Monster), however, you won't find any carbonation in Fuze (at least not in the varieties I promoted today).  Of course, on the flip side, if you prefer a carbonated beverage over a non carbonated kind, then fuze is probably not for you.
==> They come in pretty good sized bottles.  So, if you like quantity, then Fuze is good
==> Refereshing.   This can especially be nice to have at lunch time, when you go on a long hike, are in hot weather, or just need a nice cold drink (besides just water).  It is not gatorade of course, but it wills still leave you refereshed.  Personally, I think I probably would have gotten alot more people sampling these products if this demo was done on a nice hot summer day.  Unfortunately, it is currently October (at least at the time of this post) and it is already starting to feel a little more like winter around here (not quite of course, but it is definitely getting cooler and rainier here in the Seattle area, though I wouldn't speak for every area in the country, especially down south), so I would imagine that people were more in the mood for a hot drink (like hot apple cider) instead of a cold drink today.
=> Pretty cheap to buy in stores.  At Albertsons, they were selling at 10 for $10 (about $1 each) with the Albertsons advantage card.  I guess coca cola is trying to match the prices of the cascade ice beverages (which also sell for pretty cheap in stores).  By the way, the average energy drinks sell from anywhere between $2.00 and $3.00 in stores on average (even the Starbucks frappaccinos are selling for about $3 on average in most stores, which is almost expensive as getting a latte at your nearby starbucks), so $1 each is a pretty good deal (minus the caffine, of course).
==> It is pretty similar to Snapple drinks as it tastes almost like a typical snapple beverage

Of course, like all products, Fuze also has its drawbacks:
- If you prefer a drink with caffine or ginsing, Fuze is probably not for you.  You won't find caffine or ginsing in Fuze (it is more of a natural energy drink).  If you would rather have a jolt of caffine, you might be better off buying a traditional energy drink (like red bull) or even getting a latte at your nearby Starbucks instead.
- It does have artificial sweeteners in it.  If you don't like low calorie or low sugar drinks, you probably won't like Fuze.  Although, you probably won't notice the artificial sweeteners nearly as much as you would with similar drinks, such as diet coke, cascade ice (I thought that the aftertaste from the succulose was much more noticeable in the cascade ice drinks than they are in Fuze), as well as the Mio drinks (the syrup you can put in water and make it taste more like a juice).  I do tend to get mixed crowds on this during demos as people who don't like diet drinks did shy away from the Fuze drink (though I suppose you can't woo every crowd, since even when I promote regular flavored beverages like coca cola, the people who prefer diet drinks tend to shy away from the  regular flavored beverages). 

Overall, the Coca Cola Fuze is a good contender in the energy drink market.  Although it does not have caffine and ginsing as many of the other energy drinks to, and it is a low calorie beverage, it does come with extra vitamins and minerals.  Also, despite the fact that it has artificial sweeteners in it, the after taste is pretty mild in comparison to many similar products (especially Cascade Ice), and if you prefer energy drinks that are not carbonated like many other kinds are, then Fuze is probably for you.  Also, Snapple fans will probably love the Coca Cola Fuze drinks as well.

Want to get some Coca Cola Fuze, there are plenty on sale at Amazon.com (they come in variety packs, so you get quite a bit for your money). 

Comments and testimonials: do you have any comments or thoughts about the Fuze drinks?  Feel free to leave a comment below:

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

New demos coming up

Ah, it has been a while since I have posted last.  Anyways, here are the upcoming demos for this weekend:

Tomorrow (Friday): I will be promoting the Essential Every Day Pasta Sauce Traditional, along with the Garlic and Union kind, as well as the Alfredo sauce.  I will offering bread to go along the sauce:
Event location: 303 91st Ave NE, Everett, WA 98205 (near Lake Stevens)
Event time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday (10/15/11):  I will be serving up treats featuring the Honey Crisp apples (I think I am serving parfaits) at the Snohomish Albertsons (the one of Highway 9 in Clearview)

Event time: 10:30 to 4:30

Sunday: I will be serving up FUZE Cola (several different flavors)
Location: (same location as on Friday)
Time: 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm