Is MonaVie Organic?


I get a lot of people writing that the fruit in stores could be covered with pesticides and/or exposed to hormones. I don’t argue this fact. However, one always has a choice to buy certified organic fruit and juices. Sambazon for example has some organic acai juices.

What about MonaVie? Is it organic?

The blend consists of a total of 19 fruits and unfortunately it is not possible to organically certify all of the fruits in MonaVie and thus the finished product. For example, MonaVie’s wolfberry is harvested in China, and the Chinese government does not have a recognized organic certification process.

Dr. Blackhurst
Sr. Manager, Technical Services
MonaVie Product Development

So the short answer here is that MonaVie is not organic. If you want to avoid pesticides, hormones, or other harmful chemicals, it’s best to avoid MonaVie.

I couldn’t find any information about MonaVie being organic or not when visiting their official FAQ. If it were organic, you’d think they’d point that out.

Originally posted 2010-01-09 13:16:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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23 Responses to “Is MonaVie Organic?”
  1. georgiainmymind Says:

    Hi, could you please post where you found the documentation backing up dr blackhurst’s statement?

  2. MonaVie Scam Says:

    That’s a fair request.

    I don’t want to promote one MonaVie distributor’s site over another’s. So instead I invite you to put the quote into Google and find numerous sources: Here’s a link to that

  3. David Bernstein Says:

    Monavie prizes itself on the freeze-dry process and that 80% of the antioxidant from the Acai Berry is lost if not handled properly.

    I just bought a $3.99 bottle of Bom Dia from Bolthouse at Whole Foods. Their slogan is “12 hours from fruit to juice”. They process the Acai Berry into juice within 12 hours making the Monavie “patent processing” irrelevant. So why pay $40/bottle, when you can get it now for $3.99. No need, since Bolthouse preserves now 100% of the Acai’s potency. They also have other great products, which are only $3.99.

    First it made sense to me to buy Monavie due to the handling of the Acai Berry. Now there is good alternative and you will still get full use of the potency of the Acai Berry with Bom Dia at WholeFoods.

  4. Jim Turner Says:

    Actually to get something in the Wild like the Acai is better than organic but most of the fruits are organic the ones that aren’t and all of the fruits are tested for pesticide insecticides, hormones, chemicals so Monavie takes care out of all that.

    So your statement is false. Go ask a Monavie rep or go to their FAQ and you will see that Monavie takes care of this.

  5. MonaVie Scam Says:

    I don’t see any independent certification that MonaVie’s acai is in gathered in the wild vs. the farm. MonaVie may say so, but then again, MonaVie openly lies about it’s ORAC score, so why trust what they say?

    My statement is not false. MonaVie is not certified organic. It’s a very straight-forward point… either your product is certified organic or it is not. MonaVie’s is not. Whether it is as good as organic or whatever else MonaVie wants to claim – it’s their very, very biased words making the claim instead of a regulated 3rd party.

    I’ll take the 3rd party certification every time.

  6. Vogel Says:

    Monavie buys acai from non-exclusive commercial wholesale suppliers in Brazil who sell various grades of acai, including certified organic acai. Monavie elects to not buy the high-grade organic acai and instead, they use a lower-grade less expensive form of non-organic acai. The real travesty is that their marketers try to pretend that the cheap crap used in Monavie is somehow better because it’s “wild-crafted”. What a bunch of nonsense.

  7. Food Tech in CA Says:

    Jim Turner wrote: “but most of the fruits are organic the ones that aren’t and all of the fruits are tested for pesticide insecticides, hormones, chemicals so Monavie takes care out of all that”

    **Where is the documentation that any of the fruits are organic? Where is the documentation that any are tested for pesticides? Which pesticides? Hormones? Why would they test for hormones?

    Do you have any idea what you’re talking about?

  8. Pearman 7 Says:

    Yes. The acai used by MonaVie is certified organic through The Institute for Marketecology (IMO). IMO is one of the first and most renowned international agencies for inspection, certification, and quality assurance of eco-friendly products. IMO’s worldwide activities are accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS), according to EN 45011 (ISO 65), which is the international standard for organic certification.

  9. Pearman 7 Says:

    Açai, acerola, camu camu, and bilberry are certified organic. MonaVie juices contain fruits from various places throughout the world, such as South America, Vietnam, New Zealand, and North America. Some countries may not have an organic certification process. However, to ensure safety, finished MonaVie products are regularly tested for dozens of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides by an independent, third-party analytical laboratory. Each test performed has repeatedly found the products to be free of any of these potentially harmful substances.

  10. MonaVie Scam Says:

    I think Food Tech asks a good question for the documentation that any of them are organic. I have heard that a number of them are, but it would be good to see some documentation.

    Pearman 7, thanks for confirming that my original article was correct and MonaVie is NOT certified organic.

  11. Food Tech in CA Says:

    Pearman, I have severe doubts about your claim. Being certified is an extremely time-consuming and expensive process.

    The only reason to even consider it would be for the certification seal. This would be a marketing tool. If any or all of the remaining ingredients were not certified, as well, then the tool is useless.

    What would be the point? A company is not going to pay a premium price for an organic certification if they can’t advertise it on their label.

    As for your claim that the finished product is tested for pesticides, that cannot be true.

    Pesticide analysis is a complex procedure and is not used as a quality control test point in the juice industry. No lab could possibly keep up with batch production. If they are performing random batch tests then they should be able to provide you with information on this.

    Whoever told you that was seriously misinformed.

    If you want to verify what I’ve said, simply request a copy of the acai and pesticide certification. There will be none.

    Please stop spreading this misinformation, unless you have verifiable documentation. Marketing people are not reliable sources.

  12. Vogel Says:

    P7 said: “Yes. The acai used by MonaVie is certified organic through The Institute for Marketecology (IMO).”

    The USDA is the only agency in the U.S. that can grant the right to market a product as organic, or as containing organic ingredients. The Monavie label does not contain the USDA organic seal and it does not claim that ANY of the ingredients are organic. Ergo, it ain’t organic. We have even looked at the bills of lading for the bulk acai shipped to Monavie from Brazil — it was low-grade (14%) organic acai, but Monavie chose to go with the low grade non-organic ingredient instead.

    Saying that Monavie is certified organic by the IMO is akin to saying that Monavie is organic because it is certified by Pearman’s mom. Monavie doesn’t meet the USDA’s standards for organic certification; therefore, you can’t market the product as organic. Nonetheless, I’m willing to have a look at any reliable evidence you may have from the IMO indicating that the acai used in Monavie is IMO-certified organic. Prove it right now or shut up once and for all.

    Pearman, you are illegally advertising Monavie as organic when in fact it does not meet the legal requirements to be marketed as such. You could be eligible for a fine of up to $11,000 for making such false claims.

    P7 said: “MonaVie juices contain fruits from various places throughout the world, such as South America, Vietnam, New Zealand, and North America. Some countries may not have an organic certification process.”

    BS. What about the grape, apple, banana, apricot, pear, cranberry, prune and strawberry juice concentrates in Monavie’s juices? All should have been obtained from a domestic supplier, and organic versions of these ingredients are widely available; they just aren’t used in Monavie, which instead is concocted with the cheapest non-organic ingredients available.

    My advice to you Pearman is that you remain in the shadows and continue to violate Monavie’s policy by not posting your distributor ID number so that you can’t be held accountable for your lies, illegal marketing claims, and generally moronic comments. Keep making those illegal and misleading claims. You do significant damage to your company’s already horrific reputation.

  13. Tom Says:

    Vogel – I think your should watch your own reputation especially as you spread lies.

    What do you know about the types of ingredients used by the company? What do you know about acai used by MV and the acai used by other companies? MV is the largest exporter of acai from Brazil. From what I learned MV uses the highest quality acai available. Stuff that is not meeting high quality standards is sold to their competitors by the company they directly or indirectly own.

    Vogel – you should take a serious look at your U.S. agencies as there are double standards which you may not even know about. You eat genetically modified products. FDA calls this equivalent to regular food even though no serious or truthfull research has been conducted on people – you do not have any idea how much of pesticides and herbicides you eat together with your corn, soya which is resistant to Round-up. Ask your Monsanto reps and FDA… or just wait 20-30 years to find out that oops one more time something went wrong with Monsanto product. There are some animal studies done for example in Austria which you should become familiar with to see what potential risks people are facing. I lived in US, worked for pharma company and I am happy to live in Europe now – be out of sickness industry, and read labels on my food that give me the choice to eat stuff that is not genetically modified (read: heavily stuffed with pesticides, herbicides).

    With ISO 22000 MV has I believe the company that when it says the outside parties are testing batches of juice for the presence of the herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals, benzenes, micro testing, antioxidant levels. I have no reson not to believe – I am very satisfied with their products.

    As far as organic certification, you will not find any product that contains goji berry (wolfberry) from China to be certified organic. And this is problem with China and not with MV. I also believe that several of the fruits used by MV to be organically certified, together with acai – and it makes sense to obtain such certification from Swiss IMO especially if they sell acai to other companies.

  14. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Vogel provides evidence to what he says. He has shown evidence that MonaVie buys low-quality acai and that they don’t export the acai at all (much less be the largest exporter).

    You say that MonaVie is selling low quality acai to competitors? Why would they want to be a distributor for competitors? If true (and I don’t think it is, that’s really poor business on their part.

    Tom, you say that you learned something different… MonaVie has high quality acai and is selling low quality acai to competitors. Where is your source? How did you learn this? You bring up Vogel’s reputation, but you now find yourself having to provide evidence to solidify your own reputation.

    Tom, you say that Vogel should look at the U.S. agencies for double standards. You make claims that Vogel eats “genetically modified products”, with “pesticides and herbicides.” This article is about being certified organic. From Wikipedia this means:

    “avoidance of most synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge…”

    So eating “certified organic” means all these things that Tom brings up are irrelevant. In fact it speaks to the relevancy of this article that MonaVie is not certified organic. Which means that MonaVie is legally allowed to use genetically modified products, pesticides, and herbicides without telling people. This is Tom’s “reason not to believe” and “not to be satisfied with [MonaVie’s] products.” Many people are satisfied with Monsanto’s products (despite your “libelous” words) as well, so of course that makes them extremely safe, right?

    All the things that Tom mentions about wolfberry are true… and amazingly enough… mentioned in the original article. So that isn’t providing new information. It’s very possible that MonaVie is adding Wolfberry so that they can skirt the organic certification.

    If one was to draw up a business plan for profitability, it would be to include an ingredient like wolfberry and use it as a scap-goat to avoid ordering organic certification. That way you can buy the cheapest of ingredients elsewhere.

  15. Tom Says:

    Freeze-drying for acai is far more important than being organic.

    Wolfberry (goji) to me is the second best ingredient of MV – it is also considered as one of the superfruits so it somehow does not make sense what MonaVie Scam said about adding goji to MV just to avoid organic certification. Chinese often use organochlorine pesticides in commercial goji cultivation to mitigate destruction of berries by insects (based on Wikipedia) – so testing for pesticides is necessary. Lychee is also from China – Oh, I am sorry, your V8 or Welch juice does not have it. Too bad as goji has been known for its health benefits for centuries.

    Why should organic certification for acai be something unusual? Most of acai is grown in amazon rain forest – i.e. there are no pesticides being used there. So what is this discussion really for? To me it seems that providers of acai powder might benefit from having it so that public know it is really acai and not something else.

    Organic certification does not guarantee that majority of nutrients from acai are being preserved. Freeze-drying process does guarantee it – this is why MV went ahead and got its’ patents for. Companies that use warm air spray drying could have their acai also certified organic but lacking most of nutrients.

    On low-quality of acai – what evidence do you have that MV actually used whatever you digged out in their products? You cannot prove it – your shipment receipts do not mean anything – from what I know it is MonaVie that sells low-grade acai that does not meet their high standards to its competitors. Maybe it went to V8 or other competitor.

  16. MonaVie Scam Says:

    If freeze-dried acai is important you’d think MonaVie would have more of it… MonaVie is less than 2% Freeze – Dried Acai. There’s little point about talking about the benefits of a patent on freeze-drying acai for at least a couple of reasons..
    1) There are a bunch of crazy patents out there. You may think the US patent office is discriminating, but it turns out they aren’t. Here’s one for a non-lethal cock fighting system… but cock fighting is illegal in the United States. Here is one about the plugging of a hole in a wall…
    2) There are tons of freeze-dried acai products on the market. Just because MonaVie patented their process of freeze-drying acai, doesn’t mean that it’s better than someone else’s method. It might just be more efficient for MonaVie.
    3) I love page 33 of the patent (… specifically line 40. Schauss claims that “… Acai fruit and the Jucara fruit be used to treat, reverse, and/or prevent cancers…” Is that really what it looks like? Am I to believe that Schauss makes an illegal medical claim on a formal patent application

    As far as the Wolfberry goes, my point was simply that if one wanted to save money on organic certification, they could add one ingredient that can’t be certified organic and then go cheap on the other ingredients. They could be GMOs for all we know. No one would ever know the difference. When something is certified organic, we know more about how all the ingredients were grown.

    Lastly, here’s some certified-organic dried Wolfberry from China. It seems it is quite possible.

  17. matthew crawford Says:

    Hello there,

    I am in fact a distributer, if you wish to see the documentation ask MonaVie HQ for it. I am more then positive they will share all information with you. Monavie spent millions and millions of dollars to prepare the juice so that the MonaVie promise would not be compromised. How could it be a scam? We are number one in food and beverage. You pay for your juice you get your juice it does wonderful things for your body, you don’t think MonaVie gives energy? Chug back half a bottle then post that again. Remember its not just acai, just one third of every bottle. Also talk abit about pulse and the greatness it does for your heart. The Inc. 500 magazine seems to think we are good stuff.

  18. MonaVie Scam Says:

    Matthew… we’ve asked and have all the information that MonaVie makes public. Inc. Magazine does not say MonaVie is good stuff –

  19. Styles Says:

    I love this website. It has given me so much great info. But something really, really baffles me. Why do the people that are distributors repeat vague stuff and refuse to give their distributor info? Do we have to call Monavie HQ and say “hi, i need a distributor number for a Mr. Crawford?”. Why would Matthew even suggest that?

    Matthew says “Remember its not just acai, just one third of every bottle”

    So should we expect a new tagline to be released this summer….

    monavie! Now with 33% acai.


  20. Tom Says:

    This is about the maker of your great V8 juice:

    U.S. consumer and environmental groups urged Campbell Soup Co. to stop using gene-spliced ingredients in its soups, breads, juices, and other products. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, the Centre for Food Safety, and four other groups said they aimed to pressure companies to stop using bioengineered food. Campbells, which licensed the first genetically modified food — the FlavrSavr tomato — engineered for longer shelf life, is the first company targeted by the coalition. In Europe, Campbell sells little, if any, bioengineered food. Source: Reuters, July 20, 2000

  21. MonaVie Scam Says:

    V8 Fusion Acai Berry was introduced after July 20, 2000. MonaVie was introduced 5 years after that date you quoted. This is irrelevant to any topic.

  22. Tom Says:

    What is irrelevant? You come up with some stupid unconfirmed stories about sildenifil in acai used by MV, and this talks about gene-spliced ingredients in juices produced by different company that produces juice that you often point as cheap alternative for MV – have they stopped doing that now? I do not know. If U.S. consumer and environmental groups urged Campbell Soup Co. to stop this it is likely that they may be still doing this, especially as it is very difficult to avoid ingredients that are not gene-sliced, given US stance on GMOs. Given the low price of V8 juice as compared to MV they may be doing a lot of things to save their costs. First thing that big food corporations do is clarify the acai used. This is why testing for pesticides, herbicides, and other stuff is so important. I know MV is doing that – other companies probably not. This is one reason they are much cheaper, but I would not trade my future health for cheap fruit juices.

    Earth Fruits based on the info on their website is producing freeze-dried acai powder that is organic – this company is owned by MV.

    But being organic again does not mean is better than freeze-dried, especially as spray-drying (if used in organic process) loses most of nutrients that acai has.

  23. Mackwiz Says:

    I know this topic died a few months back but I just want to add something here. Organic wolfberry exists, and there is no reason why MonaVie shouldn’t use it. Wake up and stop being brainwashed by stupid marketing propaganda. You claim we (people exposing MonaVie) follow the FDA and govt. into the meat grinder while you let this rediculous company empty your pockets.

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