In another sign of the times, POG looks to be biting the dust. Hawaii’s historic dairy Meadow Gold, the name associated with POG, is no longer. Over one million gallons of Meadow Gold POG has been produced monthly. Meadow Gold dates back to 1897, when 7 dairies combined businesses.
While we are waiting for more news and contemplating when Hawaii air travel will resume: expect big changes, I went looking for some POG, and was stopped in my tracks, when I learned this news.
A deal that had hoped to save the company, failed to reach fruition and has been dropped. The company, now Dean Foods, plans to close at the end of April, following their bankruptcy filing in 2019.
“We are extremely disappointed that we were unable to finalize an agreement for Industrial Realty Group to acquire our Hawaii operations.” — Dean Foods.
Rumors are that another buyer “might” acquire the Meadow Gold Hawaii brand and, if so, could continue to produce out of a Hilo facility. Not sure that will happen, as it was also previously thought the whole operation would be sold. If it does happen, it is unclear to what degree they would have the distribution capability Dean Foods had.
History of POG.
POG stands for passion fruit, orange, guava, a popular sugary juice drink that’s been around for 50 years. It was originally created by Maui’s Haleakala Dairy, and subsequently acquired by Meadow Gold. The juice isn’t proprietary, however, and other brands, although minor compared with Meadow Gold’s enormous production, still exist.
Make your own POG recipe.
Without POG, which by the way has been hugely popular at Hawaii’s Costco’s, you may just need to make your own. Following are our recipe ideas:
Beat of Hawaii: Many of you didn’t know that Jeff has been a gourmet cook since childhood. This may not be the last of his recipes you see here.
1 cup passion fruit juice, pineapple juice, or fresh pineapple
1 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh or bottle guava nectar
sweetener to taste
ice to taste
Place all ingredients in blender and whirl to desired texture.
Will You Miss POG?