Tropicana Orange Juice

Tuesday February 21stBreakfast, Drinks Category


I don’t drink OJ, I think it has to do something with me being an idiot in 3rd grade.  I needed an empty carton for a school project and forced down 3/4 of a container of Minute Maid down my throat for it.  Moments after I completed that feat, my mom walks in and said I didn’t look too good. I told her what I just did and she responded with “Why didn’t you just pour it into another container?”  I can’t remember what that school project was but I will never forget the enormous feeling of  pure “DUH” at that moment and orange juice has been a turn off to me ever since.  I know it has nothing to do with packaging but after 30 years I just had to tell someone.
I think most of us remember ”Tropic-Ana” from the earlier days.  She was fazed out sometime the late80’s/early 90’s.  some might say it was weird to have a topless little girl on a container of orange juice but…well I guess it was.  It’s not like the simple drawing is flaunting anything but still there seems something kind of wrong about it.  I do like the simple colors and font but it if you take out Ana, it would almost look like a generic company product.
The new container recently change from paper carton to plastic bottle.  The brand name font is slightly similar to the old although it has a very small gradient and added a leaf to dot the “i”.  It’s not a bad design, it doesn’t go down in the hall of fame of designs but there’s nothing wrong with it.  The only thing I’m not a fan of is the orange,  I think it would have looked great to have a more 2-D, stylized version of the orange and famous striped straw.
As I was doing a little research on the new container, I came across an interesting fact about the straw. The great blog  readysetlaunch, nicely documented the change from the “newer” old package to the new:
Apparently when they changed to a package without the red and white straw, people freaked out and demanded it back , Tropicana caved and gave the people what they wanted.  So although they have changed the package again, they made sure to keep the straw.
And finally I couldn’t help but mention the former  Tropicana spokesman Bruce Jenner since he was in the ad I found in my magazine collection.

And that’s all I’ll say about that.

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  1. ima420r
    February 23, 2012

    It’s like drinking OJ right from the orange!

  2. Nightdragon
    April 15, 2012

    Oh my gosh, I had forgotten about the cartoon Hawaiian girl on the Tropicana juice cartons! I remember her now, but jeez, what a blast from the past!

  3. Ken Reid
    December 6, 2012

    I was at the Supermarket today and noticed that Tropicana has released a 65th Anniversary Packaging that is the original carton with the Hawaiian girl design.

  4. Dr. Bombay
    March 2, 2015

    I think He changed His name to Jenny Bruce.

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