April 27, 2015 by Newsroom Editor

Celebrate National OJ Day on May 4

April 27, 2015 by Newsroom Editor

Celebrate National OJ Day on May 4

Raise a glass to the great taste and nutritional benefits of 100% orange juice

BARTOW, Fla. – Americans have long had a love affair with orange juice. In fact, we drink about one billion gallons a year – making it America’s favorite 100 percent fruit juice.

Now, that’s cause for celebration.

Join Florida Orange Juice on May 4 – National OJ Day – and raise a glass to the great taste and nutritional benefits of 100% orange juice.

To kick off the festivities, the Florida Department of Citrus will host carnival-themed events in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Tampa on May 4. The events will feature orange juice samples, street performers and giveaways. Those on social media are encouraged to play along, as well, through events on Facebook and Twitter.

“On National OJ Day and every day, we want to help consumers remember why they fell in love with orange juice in the first place,” said Doug Ackerman, executive director of the FDOC. “For many, it comes back to the amazing taste and nutritional benefits inside every glass.”

The USDA Dietary Guidelines recognize 100 percent fruit juice, such as orange juice, as a delicious and convenient way to help children and adults meet fruit intake recommendations. That’s because every glass of 100% orange juice delivers the Amazing 5: taste, vitamin C, potassium, folate and no sugar added.

“While the USDA says we should consume between five to nine servings of produce each day, unfortunately most Americans fall far short of that goal,” said Kate Geagan, a registered dietitian and Florida OJ ambassador.  “A glass of 100% orange juice, as a complement to whole fruits and vegetables, is a great way to help adults and children get the vitamins and nutrients they need.”

JOIN THE FUN

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 4, Florida Orange Juice will transform four city parks into carnival-themed spaces complete with OJ samples, popcorn, Florida Orange jugglers, chalk artists and musicians.

  • Atlanta – Centennial Olympic Park at 235 Andrew Young Int’l Drive
  • Boston – 1 City Hall Plaza/Faneuil Hall at 1 Faneuil Hall Square
  • Chicago – Pioneer Court at 401 North Michigan Ave.
  • Tampa – Channelside Bay Plaza at 615 Channelside Drive

For those who can’t make the festivities in person, join Florida Orange Juice on Facebook or Twitter (@OJfromFlorida) for a chance to win prizes and play along with America’s favorite 100 percent fruit juice.

#OJselfie posts are encouraged.

For more information about #nationalOJday, go to FloridaJuice.com/nationalOJday.

About the Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry.  Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels.  The industry employs nearly 62,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of nearly $10.7 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit FloridaCitrus.org.