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12 Reasons this Juice Costs $12.50

It ain’t cheap to squeeze 3 to 5 lbs. of produce into a 16-fluid ounce bottle. We asked Hanna Gregor, CEO and founder of OH! Juice, to explain why her OH! My Greens is so dang pricey.



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The pineapple is flown in from Costa Rica or Hawaii to L.A.

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We are 90 percent local, 10 percent tropical. The kale is from Be Wise Ranch in Escondido.

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The celery comes from Suzie’s Farm. All of our produce is washed in lemon water and grape seed oil. We use filtered water to rinse.

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Each glass bottle costs $1.25. Glass is nutritionally best for the consumer because it doesn’t leach any parabens or synthetic chemicals.

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We source our cucumbers from Sage Mountain Farm in Hemet and JR Organics in Valley Center. Prices fluctuate by season. In winter, cucumbers can be as high as $2 per pound. 

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The Romaine also comes from Suzie’s Farm.

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The mint bunch is from JR Organics. We put it in a giant salad spinner so there’s no runoff water.

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Spirulina is an algae that rids you of toxins and boosts immunity. It can come from the waters of Kauai or Klamath Lake in Oregon.

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There are three to five pounds of produce in each cold-pressed bottle. In a smoothie, you get maybe a fifth of a pound, plus fillers like ice.

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We use a small $3,000 juicer and a five-foot-tall, $30,000 hydraulic press.

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We receive, weigh, and check the produce for physical hazards. We wash the produce and prepare some of it. The labor per bottle is $3.50.

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We are 100 percent USDA Organic. The application to get certified was 60 pages long and cost $2,000 to file. We passed the kitchen inspection and sent in our vendors. I was going to roll out new flavors, but it’s $150 for each new flavor. It takes six weeks, and by then it’s out of season.

*All produce pictured here fits into this one bottle!

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