Although energy drinks were not immune from the effects of the economy, the category has shown its ability to grow in sales. Energy drink sales increased 14 percent to more than $5.9 billion in sales for the 52 weeks ending June 12 in supermarkets, drug stores, gas and convenience stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Walmart, according to SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago. The energy shots category also posted strong numbers with a 31.6 percent increase generating $1 billion in sales during the same time period.
Today’s brand owners rely more than ever on packaging to entice consumers to purchase their products — so much so that the package itself often serves as a keystone of integrated marketing campaigns built out with print, electronic and social media components.
PMMI’s Pack Expo attracts more than 45,000 attendees and a number of new innovations. The Packaging Manufacturers Machinery Institute (PMMI) hosted Pack Expo International 2010 from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Chicago. The event featured 1,600 exhibitors and more than 45,000 attendees from 110 countries.