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Ocean Spray mixes cranberries with other fruit flavors

Ocean Spray is marketing a new line of flavored water.
Ocean Spray is marketing a new line of flavored water. apierleoni@sacbee.com

The cranberry-obsessed staff at Ocean Spray’s corporate HQ in Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass., are heavily touting their latest product, the confusingly and boringly named PACt (“A better water for a better you”).

They’re using a lot of fancy language and science-sounding terms to describe bottles of flavored water. Such as: “PACt cranberry extract water is a new water from Ocean Spray that helps cleanse and purify your body better than water alone. (It) contains PACs, or proanthocyanidins — powerful elements found deep inside cranberries.”

The water comes in four flavors: cranberry-blood orange, cranberry-raspberry, cranberry-pomegranate and cranberry-mango-passionfruit.

The promos go on: “PACt (is available) in stores throughout California and Nevada and online, with a national launch starting in spring 2015.” It costs about $2 per 16-ounce bottle.

We tasted all four flavors and liked them a whole lot. We found them refreshing, hydrating and thirst-quenching, with well-balanced flavors and clean finishes. We agreed they’re a fine substitute for sugary sodas.

If you can’t find PACt in stores, you can order online here.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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