Below is from an interview with Craig Van Horn, President of Unbeetable
that talks about Unbeetable and our story.
Describe how this business came to be:
We make beetroot juice…great beetroot juice. Ironically, I didn’t like beets…or at least I thought I didn’t a few years ago. The science got me interested because there are several important health benefits derived from this vegetable…and the science is real – double blind placebo studies replicated in multiple countries etc. After I learned the benefits, I tried several different beetroot juices – they were undrinkable for me. The health benefits were not enough…it had to taste good too. I partnered with Wake Forest University to build on their science and improve on their recipe. Unbeetable was born in 2012. I now love beets.
Unbeetable is a local, independent company. Our goal is to bring you the highest quality beetroot we can...and yes, it matters where you get the beets. We grow our beets in the southeastern portion of the U.S. and produce Unbeetable in Mooresville, NC (near Charlotte).
How did you first get interested in doing this?
I have been a consultant in the beverage industry for almost 10 years and grew up going to my parents’ farm in Kansas every summer. Initially I wanted a healthy and natural beverage to improve my athletic performance. At 47, I love to exercise, but I’m no elite athlete. However, I followed the London 2012 Olympics, which was also known as the “Beetroot Olympics” because many of the athletes drank beetroot juice to improve their performance, but said it “tasted like dirt.”
Around this time I was introduced to Daniel Kim Shapiro at Wake Forest University who was performing clinical trials relating to dementia and Alzheimer’s and formed a partnership. Turns out the other health benefits of beetroot juice are even more important than just my desire for better athletic performance.
Like many parents, I have both young kids and aging parents that I hope have a long and healthy life. I want my kids to drink healthy beverages and to avoid sodas – btw, they love Unbeetable. My parents are more interested in increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain and other organs. My uncle is another example, his doctor prescribed medication for high blood pressure. Instead he started drinking beetroot juice and still does not need medication for high blood pressure.
Tell us about your product. Sell us on your product. What sets it apart?
Unbeetable is beetroot juice that tastes great. Unbeetable is all natural with no caffeine and non-GMO. Beetroot juice has been clinically shown to improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure, and increase regional cerebral blood flow in the brain. You don’t have to listen to me, see prominent publications such as Runner’s World, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, WebMD, NY Times, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Oz etc.
What sets us apart? Beetroot juice has solid science supporting these health benefits. Unbeetable tastes better and generally has a higher concentration of naturally occurring dietary nitrate than its competition.
What do you like most about what you do?
What’s not to like? It is fun! I get to share my love of beets with others and make my small contribution to improving the health of our country. I am drinking an Unbeetable FIZZ right now. My kids had Unbeetable in their lunch today. We promise to continually strive to make Unbeetable better and plan to offer some new lines in the near future.
If you were standing in front of your customer, what else would you want them to know about you, your product, and/or your company?
Taste it. Unbeetable tastes great and it’s good for you. The science is real, but test it yourself. Buy a case and you will experience the benefits first hand. Nike was our first customer – they said we believe in the science, but it has to taste good for athletes to sustain use. We passed the taste test and shipped. Our best testimonial is that we have a large and growing base of repeat customers. We hope that you will be one too.
p.s. don’t worry if your urine is pink – it is not blood and you don’t have to rush to the hospital. A little color is fun and healthy.
Click HERE for info on the UNBEETABLE advisory board
Unbeetable was developed in collaboration with doctors and scientists at Wake Forest University. The following article was published in the alumni magazine of Wake Forest University in June 2015 and provides some additional history.