The new Sobe drinks are HORRIBLE compared to the old ones!

    Orange Carrot Sobe

    The Sobe brand of drinks is one of my favorite brands of all time. I have drank Sobe beverages for over 10 years, and at one point collected the bottle sticker label of each different Sobe drink I bought. These glass bottles held delicious juice inside that contained added vitamins and stuff like that… but all I cared about was the flavor. ORANGE CARROT is possibly the best combination flavor of all time, and is was my favorite drink of all time.

    Recently, the wise people over at Sobe decided to change to plastic bottles so their drinks could fit into vending machines and be sold in more locations. I missed the glass bottles, but didn’t mind the change because it meant I could now get my orange-carrot goodness in more locations. However, in addition to changing the bottles, they also slightly changed the formulas for how their drinks are made. How can I tell?  After drinking the same drink for over 10 years, you notice if it changes.

    The change in the drink now makes the orange-carrot flavor taste like a horrible powered orange drink, along the likes of the powdered drink TANG. What was once my favorite drink, is now a disgusting liquid that I cannot finish. I bought an orange-carrot Sobe last week, and couldn’t drink more than 1/4th of the drink because I was so disgusted by the new flavor. This change has also affected the cranberry-grapefruit flavor, which was another common flavor that I would drink.

    SOBE, PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD RECIPIES! I’ve gone from a die-hard supporter to someone who wouldn’t recommend even giving the drink to a pet.

    • Ugh, yes. The Fuji Apple/Cranberry one tastes like armpit, others have been similarly disappointing since the new packaging.

      I used to love the drinks too, although now I wrinkle my nose every time I see the product in the drink case or vending machine. I haven’t bought one since, even though I think the new packaging is cute, the drink itself is awful.

      • Jonathan

        @Lindsey, I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who’s noticed the change! It seems like Sobe has been trying to stay very quiet regarding the changes.

    • Ugh, yes. The Fuji Apple/Cranberry one tastes like armpit, others have been similarly disappointing since the new packaging.

      I used to love the drinks too, although now I wrinkle my nose every time I see the product in the drink case or vending machine. I haven’t bought one since, even though I think the new packaging is cute, the drink itself is awful.

      • Jonathan

        @Lindsey, I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who’s noticed the change! It seems like Sobe has been trying to stay very quiet regarding the changes.

    • Disappointed

      If they haven’t changed the formulas, then it’s the plastic giving it that nasty after taste.

    • Grah,dammit Pepsi co.

      I can’t stand those plastic bottles! The Green Tea doesn’t taste the same anymore! Besides, the glass bottles looked awesome!

    • Derek2010

      The plastic is crap, they dropped alot of good flavors (remember how many flavors there used to be?). Lizard Blizzard used to have echinacea and zinc to help a cold and now it doesn’t. I can taste the plastic in the drink-disgusting. Orange Carrot Elixir used to be my favorite and now it is a mere shadow of its former glory (9% juice?!) Didn’t is used to be 100% juice?I agree that it tastes empty very much like TANG, you can tell it is mostly artificial. does anyone have one of the old bottles? Maybe we can compare the new to the old. I too used to collect bottles and labels and SoBe was a part of my lifestyle. I miss all of the cool graphics on the bottles too. I think someone bought SoBe and ruined it for us all.Now i wish i had stocked up on the good stuff so i could enjoy a good SoBe on occasion- treat it like expensive wine.

      • And they used to make new flavors every few months, or at least have limited edition flavors. 

        I know the orange carrot never was 100% juice, but it was more than 9% (I thought it was around 12-15%). When I was in junior highschool, I would stick the Sobe labels on my binder.

    • GUEST

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THIS. ALL OF THE NEW FLAVORS SUCK AND I HAVNT HAD A SOBE IN LIKE 5 YEARS. I MISS THE OLD ONES AND THEY NEED TO BRING THEM BACK IN THE GLASS BOTTLES ONCE AGAIN!!!

    • Kiki

      I totally agree! I can’t remember the name of it but there was this pink one that was AMAZING! Totally sucks now!

    • captain obvious

      its completely aweful they’ve changed to the plastic bottles… i just want to find a glass one. damn it.

    • Carcarlos2000

      Totally right nothing tastes the same anymore

    • Nayo Mocchiyan

      Basically after the dreaded PespsiCo bought Sobe, everything went downhill. Such a shame…such a shame.

    • Sheri Govia

      The Piña Colada (Liz Biz) one was my absolute favorite, I’d drink aprox. 5 a day, and I was actually healthier for it.

      Ever since they switched to plastic I haven’t enjoyed them at all; it tastes chalky and /fake/. I’m not sure if it’s because the plastic lets the drink breathe too much and it gets stale ore if they had to add something to the recipie to preserve it in the plastic, but you’re completely right, the taste has changed and I haven’t had a SoBe in years now.

      I wish SoBe/Pepsi would listen to its once loyal fans and figure out a way to make them better again. Because until they do, I’m not buying SoBe anymore

    • lucy

      Where are the “lean” Citurs Energy drinks!?!?!? They said South Beach on them before you changed from glass to plastic!?!?!?

    • Dattebayo

      I’ve been looking for the strawberry/pink sobe in the glass bottle. I can’t find it for the life of me. I really wanted a taste of my teenage days, but it’s nowhere to be found. :( I can’t believe they switched to this life water bullshit. Wtf are they thinking? Do they really get more sales?

    • Jammmc

      I totally agree I would buy cases at a time of the glass bottled green tea. Over a year I lost seventy pounds drinking the unsweetened Sobe green tea in glass bottles. Ever since they changed the flavor along with the bottle I have quit drinking Sobe all together. They lost a huge $ supporte. I drank four bottles a day. I hope they acknowledge and validate our frustration with the changes they have made.

    • Tanya

      I completely agree!! They hooked us with the good stuff and then changed over to a cheap imitation!!

    • Trevor

      I want it back so bad my brother introduced it to me and I loved it every time we went to the store we would buy at least 10 of them How I miss the good Sobe.

    • mason

      I had a sobe pina colada one it tasted so bad I cocod not finish it I’m pretty mad

    • Larry Pope

      Ya, it sucks when great things get screwed up by the corporate world. I miss my Sobe Sunrise. A little Sobe Power, lots of Tsunami with tequila. Mmmmm! I used to spend several hundred dollars a year on these 2 Sobe flavors. Just a fine memory now. Jeez! My mouth is watering!

    • Larry

      Used to travel to mich upper peninsula from lower just to buy 10-15 cases of cranberry grapefruit. Now they no longer carry it there. Must have some real marketing geniuses working at Pepsi

    • Connie Davis

      Words cannot describe how much I want the old Sobe back I grew up drinking the orange dreamsicle and I loved it I want it back you have no idea how much I want it back

    • Connie Davis

      Has anyone told the company about this that we want the old Sobe back has anyone started a petition or anything

    • J, Moris

      Why has distribution of this products dwindled to almost nothing? Marketing too! I knew it was a mistake for South Beach (SoBe) Beverage to sell out to pepsi, for I knew it’d come to this end under their stewardship. I switched to Citrus Energy because Lizard Lightning was discontinued; as were other original flavors like: Wisdom, Nirvana & Dragon.

      Now I cannot even find Citrus Energy. WTF people!

      You buy a successful product, change it, then wonder why it doesn’t sell.

      Duh! Leave it as it is, or don’t buy it — only to ruin it.

      It’s the Sierra Mist fiasco all over again!

      Let’s change Cane Sugar to stevia; — oops lower sales.

      We can’t go back to what worked — let’s just go to hfcs(high fructose corn syrup) and re-brand it.

      How’s that working out?

      News flash.

      There are many many people out there, like me, who get muscle spasms from too much hfcs.

      Pain mostly in my back – & most, are unaware as to why they need/use Icy-Hot; Dones; Tiger Balm; Salon Pas, & or Absorbing Jr.

    • Bernadette

      The pink grapefruit Elixir was my creation and they stole it from me without my authorization or consent. I addressed this on Sobe’s facebook. Sobe stole my drink as they carried on thiers acts of fraud scammed me big time. After they changed their drink to the offshore breeze. I created this drink as a workout elixir thist quenching drink prior to my workouts. I only drank H2O. I contacted them and this is what they did