Duplin County farmers launch line of muscadine grape, berry smoothies

Posted by Andrea Weigl on May 15, 2014 

JuVn8 smoothies are sold at Food Lion, Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Ingles Markets and, soon, Harris Teeter stores.

JULI LEONARD — jleonard@newsobserver.com

North Carolina’s Cottle Farms has launched a line of berry and muscadine smoothies, which is now available at most grocery stores across the state.

The JuVn8-brand smoothies are made using muscadine grapes, strawberries and blueberries all grown on the 650-acre farm in Faison, run by Ron Cottle and his sister Joy. The siblings are fourth-generation farmers. (Faison is in Duplin County, 60 miles southeast of Raleigh.)

The drinks come in two flavors: muscadine grape blueberry, and muscadine grape strawberry. Our tasting panel preferred the blueberry smoothie; the blueberries worked better with the musky undertones of the muscadine grape than the strawberries did.

The 12-ounce drinks sell for between $2 and $3. They are available at Food Lion, Whole Foods, Lowes Foods, Ingles Markets and, soon, Harris Teeter stores.

More info: juvn8.com.

Andrea Weigl

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