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By Timi Cantisano
Just like its juice packets, Juicero feels the squeeze, caving to pressure, calling it quits
by Timi Cantisano
It has been a little over a year since the release of Juicero, a connected cold-press juicing machine that only accepts specially created packages of vegetables and fruits. The packages could be ordered from the firm and used in its machine to produce organic juice at the touch of a button. While this sounds like a no mess solution to get folks to drink healthy, the product was met with some pushback when it initially debuted with a price tag of $700.
Although the company would later reduce the price of its machine to $400, it encountered quite of bit of chagrin after Bloomberg outed that the Juicero packs could be squeezed by hand, and didn't require the expensive machine at all. At the time, this left investors with a bit of a conundrum, even prompting the CEO to offer refunds to those that had purchased a machine within a 30-day window.
It appears that the firm is now calling it quits, caving under the pressure like so many of its cold pressed vegetable counterparts. The company's website thanked supporters and announced that it would be "suspending the sale of the Juicero Press and Produce Packs immediately". The firm cited the lack of infrastructure as the root cause and noted that it would need to focus on finding an acquirer who could carry on its mission.
Last but not least, the firm is offering refunds for the next 90 days, giving those that purchased a unit the option to get their money back until December 1, 2017.
Source: Juicero via The Verge
By Timi Cantisano
Juicero packs can be squeezed by hand, so the CEO offers 30-day window for refunds
by Timi Cantisano
Juicero is a connected cold-press juicing machine that accepts specially created packages of vegetable and fruit mixes to create organic juice at the touch of a button. While this sounds like a great product to get folks to drink healthy while at home, the product was met with a bit of pushback since it initially debuted at a price of $700. Since that time, the price has been greatly reduced, but it seems that you might not need the machine at all to produce enough pressure to juice its custom prepared packs.
According to a report released earlier by Bloomberg, the Juicero packs can be squeezed by hand, yielding 7.5 ounces out of the 8 ounces in the bag. While there are probably subtle differences when juicing the bag by hand, as a loose gist of things, it means that the now $400 machine isn't really necessary.
You can imagine that this revelation has left some scratching their heads, including Juicero's investors. In a response released today, the CEO of Juicero defended the product and also offered those with a machine a 30-day window to get a refund.
Source: Juicero (Medium) via Engadget | Image and video via Bloomberg
Today's Google Doodle celebrates the Olympics with fruity mini games
by Justin Luna
Today marks the start of the Rio Olympics 2016, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. And to commemorate the historic annual event, Google has unveiled a special Google Doodle, dubbed as '2016 Doodle Fruit Games', which contains a set of sweet (pun intended) mini games.
The Doodle features fruits from an "unassuming fruit stand in Rio", as Google puts it, where produce from all over the market compete for the title of the "freshest fruit."
The Doodle lets users play as anthropomorphized fruits in a series of sports events. They can run as a strawberry, play tennis as a pineapple, do some backstroke swimming as a lemon, and cycle around a track as a kiwi, among many other fun games.
To be able to activate the mini games, one has to have the Google app installed. Once done, users will see the Google logo morph into a doodle with a strawberry and a play sign upon opening it. Then, users will be led into seven games, which as said above, consists of a few Olympics-inspired sports events.
Players will then be awarded stars based on how well they performed, and can earn a maximum of three stars per game. Once a game is completed, they can share their scores to their friends on social networks. As a bonus, the games include fun facts about fruits, like how strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside, and that blueberries are born with a green color.
You can have your share of fruity fun by downloading the Google app, which is available for iOS and Android.
Banana firm Chiquita has rejected a takeover bid by Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups, saying it was sticking to its plan to merge with European fruit seller Fyffes.
Chiquita said the offer from Brazil was "inadequate" and that it would not hold talks with the groups "at this time".
Fruit juice firm Cutrale and investment bank Safra made a $611m (?363m) bid for US-based Chiquita on Monday.
In March Chiquita and Irish fruit group Fyffes agreed to merge.
Monday's offer from the Brazilian businesses sent Chiquita shares 31% higher, while Fyffes fell 15%.
A Chiquita-Fyffes merger would create the world's largest banana supplier, with $4.6bn in annual revenues.
The deal would allow Chiquita to avoid higher US taxes by relocating its statutory headquarters to Ireland.