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|Product type||Vegetable juice|
|Owner||Campbell Soup Company|
V8 Vegetable Juice, sometimes just called V8, is a trademarked name for a number of beverage products sold worldwide that are made from eight vegetables, or a mixture of vegetables and fruits. Since 1948, the brand has been owned by the Campbell Soup Company.
The original V8 vegetable juice was tomato-based and got its name from the fact that it contained juice from eight different vegetables.
V8 vegetable juice
The original V8 is made mainly from water and tomato concentrate, and reconstituted vegetable juice blend: water and concentrate of eight vegetables, specifically: beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato. Tomato juice makes up around 87% of the total drink. Campbell's has produced several varieties of the drink, such as Original, Spicy Hot, Hint of Black Pepper, Lemon, Picante, Low-Sodium, and Organic.
Three spin-offs of the V8 brand; "V8 Energy," "V8 Splash" and "V8 V•Fusion;", are blends of fruit and vegetable (specifically carrot) juices. V8 Splash is a juice cocktail partially sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup and sucralose; diet versions of V8 Splash omit the high-fructose corn syrup. V8 Energy also classifies as a cocktail and is partially sweetened with sucralose. V•Fusion is made from 100% juice.
V8 Vegetable Juice was developed by Frank Constable of Chicago, IL who worked as a contractor for W.G. Peacock (1896–1948), the founder of the New England Products Company, which manufactured individual vegetable juices under the brand name Vege-min. Frank Constable blended his own formula of vegetable juices with spices such as dill and it is his formula of vegetable juice which has endured all these years as a saleable product which many enjoy today. He named the product V8 after the V8 engine which was the most powerful engine at the time. Frank had a long career working in the grocery business. His mother and father owned a grocery store and it was there that he learned about the food business. In his career he also worked for Monarch Foods and was one of their best salesmen. In 1948, the Campbell Soup Company acquired the brand from the Charles Loudon Packing Company in Terre Haute, Indiana, and has maintained continuous production of the beverage through the present day.
V8 fruit & vegetable juice
In the UK and Australia, Campbell's also makes V8 100% Fruit & Vegetable Juice, combining vegetable juice with fruit juices for one serving of vegetables and one serving of fruits. This is available elsewhere as V8 V-Fusion. They are also sold in "light" versions containing 50% juice (1/2 serving of vegetables and 1/2 serving of fruits) with added flavors to reduce calorie content. V8 V-Fusion + Tea was recently introduced. It contains a 1/2 serving of vegetables and a 1/2 serving of fruits.
Some varieties are composed of:
- Strawberry Banana: Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Carrots, Beets, White Grapes, Oranges, Apples, Strawberries, Bananas and Banana Puree.
- Pomegranate Blueberry: Sweet Potatoes, Purple Carrots, Tomatoes, Carrots, Apples, White Grapes.
- Tropical Orange: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Yellow Tomatoes, Squash, White Grapes, Oranges, Pineapples.
- Peach Mango: Sweet Potatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, Squash, White Grapes, Oranges, Peaches, Mangoes.
- Açaí Mixed Berry: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Apples, White Grapes, Açaí Berries, Blueberries, Limes.
- Cranberry Blackberry: Sweet Potatoes, Purple Carrots, Carrots, Apples, White Grapes, Cranberry, Blackberry, Lemon Juice.
- Goji Raspberry: Sweet Potatoes, Purple Carrots, Carrots, Apples, White Grapes, Cherries, Strawberries, Blackberry, Oranges, Goji, Red Raspberry, Lemon Juice.
The Australian flavour variants are Tropical, Melon Burst, Citrus Splash, Apple, Carrot & Ginger, and Apple Plum Fusion.
V8 energy drinks
V8 also manufactures a line of juice-based energy drinks, sold in individual aluminum cans. Each includes 80 mg of caffeine (from green tea) per serving and is fortified with B vitamins. V8 Energy drinks are typically lower in sugar per fluid ounce compared to its juices, with the drinks partially sweetened with sucralose; other than caffeine, V8 Energy does not contain any of the various other stimulants (such as taurine, guarana, carnitine, inositol or glucoronolactone) found in other energy drinks.
- V8 +Energy: A non-carbonated beverage of 50% juice, available in 237 mL (8.0 US fl oz) and 340 mL (11.5 US fl oz) cans. Flavors include black cherry, peach-mango, pomegranate-blueberry, orange-pineapple, raspberry-vanilla, and tropical greens.
- V8 +Energy Sparkling: A carbonated beverage of 34% juice, typically sold in 355 mL (12.0 US fl oz) cans. Currently produced flavors include Orange Pineapple and White Grape Raspberry.
Example nutrition information for V8 Vegetable Juice:
|Servings per package: 1|
|Serving size: 250 ml|
|Average qty per serving||Average qty per 100 g|
|Energy||165 kJ (40 cal)||66 kJ (16 cal)|
|Protein||2.4 g||1.0 g|
|- Total||6.3 g||2.5 g|
|- Sugars||6.3 g||2.5 g|
|Sodium||660 mg||263 mg|
|Vitamin A||325 µg (40%)^||130 µg|
|Vitamin C||52 mg (130%)^||21 mg|
|Serving Size 1 can|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Energy 70 cal (290 kJ)||Calories from Fat 0|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0%|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 920 mg||38%|
|Potassium 640 mg||18%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14 g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Sugars 9 g|
|Protein 2 g|
- "Wow, It Sure Doesn't Taste like Tomato Juice!" (1960s)
- "Drink V8 & Keep Your Diet Straight!" (1990s–present)
- "Drink Smarter with V8." (2000–present)
- "Drink It. Feel It." (2003–2004)
- "Should've Had a V8." (1970s-1980s, 2009–present) ("Could've Had a V8." used in tandem)
- "v8 noun". Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
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- "Campbell's Australia -V8 Juices - V8 Vegetable Juice". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
- Product Sample; 11.5 oz can
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