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Tropicana's New True Valencia Orange Juice

Posted 18 September, 2008 at 3:55pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food)

I noticed the other day that Tropicana has a new orange juice line on the market called Pure Valencia. Like all of Tropicana's juices, the juice isn't reconstituted from concentrates so it takes more like fresh squeezed. In my area, the Pure Valencia orange juices run about $5 for each 54 ounce bottle (9.3 cents an ounce) and that's a bit steep for orange juice when the Minute Maid is $2.50 for 64 ounces (3.9 cents an ounce) at regular price. So, does Pure Valencia really beat Tropicana's normal Pure Premium juice (which is about $4 for 64 ounces - 6.25 cents an ounce)?

Tropicana Pure Valencia with Mango

I tried two flavors - Valencia with Mango and Valencia with Pulp. The flavor of the juices is actually really good. I'd say, the Valencia with Pulp is as good as fresh squeezed (or as close as you can get in a mass produced bottle). The flavor of the juice is a perfectly blended sweetness and tartness that just screams fresh oranges. It's this last flavor - the taste of real oranges - that I find missing in most commercial orange juices that makes me want to eat an orange instead of drinking it's juice. The taste of the Pure Valencia is good enough that I actually feel justified in paying the premium price for this juice.

Valencia with Mango is a great tasting juice blend, but the blend of flavors makes it hard to clearly discern the individual taste of the premium orange juice. I like the Valencia with Mango juice, but there are other juice blends that are quite good as well - almost on par with this product - at a much lower price point. I'll probably only buy the Valencia with Mango juice again if it goes on sale.

8 comments to Tropicana's New True Valencia Orange Juice

Scott, September 21st, 2008 at 9:24 am:

  • I find that I tend to like the Minute Maid more than the average Tropicana. I can imagine that, while Tropicana is never concentrated, Minute Maid gets their entire years worth from peak-season oranges.

    Have you tried the "Simply" juices? I wasn't thrilled by them for the most part, but I have to say…the Simply Apple is the best apple juice you'll ever find in a grocery store. I haven't seen it at Safeway, but it's cheaper at Target than it is at Lucky/ALbertson's.

Viet, November 21st, 2008 at 2:16 am:

  • naked orange juice beats this any day

Gloria Byars, November 1st, 2009 at 1:29 pm:

  • I am an organge juice expert and I must say that Tropicana Valencia Pulp is great. It taste just as if you are squeezing the juice out of an orange into your mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shirley a white, January 31st, 2010 at 8:28 am:

  • I cn no longer find your product in grocery stores in my area. have you discontinue the valencia with mango.

shirley a white, January 31st, 2010 at 8:32 am:

  • I can't find you product in any of my grocery stores in my area. Have you discontinue the Valencia with Mango.

Susan, February 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm:

  • This is the best OJ/Mango juice I've found but cannot find it anywhere….where can it be purchased? W-Mart 'was' originally the only place I could purchase this product. Where to go?????

pat, February 16th, 2010 at 7:32 pm:

  • where can I find your valencia orange juice? The stores in my area no longer carry this product.

    The Woodlands Texas 77381

Cory, February 20th, 2010 at 2:18 pm:

  • Tropicana has discontinued the PURE line.