Sports Drinks

Zico is hydrating a growing culture

Zico Beverages targets niche in the sports drink market
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Fresh out of college in 1991, Mark Rampolla ventured to Latin America as a Peace Corps. volunteer in Costa Rica. He also spent time in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Brazil. During his travels, Rampolla was enlightened by many things within the Latin American culture, including a popular regional drink: coconut water.
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Nor-Cal Beverage’s diversified business

Family-owned business expands beyond co-packing
By Jennifer Zegler
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It’s one of the largest independent bottlers in California, but Nor-Cal Beverage Co. Inc., Sacramento, Calif., is more than just a contract packager. In addition to its successful co-packing business, which operates production facilities in Sacramento and Anaheim, Nor-Cal also is an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Northern California and markets its own Go Girl line of energy drinks. The family-owned company was started by Roy G. Deary in 1937 as a franchise of Hires Bottling Co., explains Deary’s granddaughter and current president and chief executive officer of Nor-Cal Beverage, Shannon Deary-Bell. The franchise bottled and distributed Canada Dry, Dr Pepper and RC Cola brands in the Sacramento area.


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Sports drink sales get into shape

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With platforms geared toward athletic enthusiasts, sports drinks experienced a resurgence in sales. The total category increased 14.9 percent to more than $3.9 billion in sales, according to SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago, for the 52 weeks ending May 15 in U.S. supermarkets, drug stores, gas and convenience stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Wal-Mart. Non-aseptic bottled sports drinks made up most of the category with more than $3.8 billion in sales and a 14.6 percent increase, SymphonyIRI states.  


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Sports and energy find inspiration in ‘recovery’

New products look past the workout
By Sarah Theodore
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After years of focusing on energy and performance, “recovery” may be the new buzzword in the sports and energy segment.  New products are focusing on what happens after exercise rather than during the activity itself. A number of recent sports and energy products have addressed post-activity recovery: Gatorade G Series Pro 03 Recover platform includes a dairy-based Protein Recovery Shake and a Protein Recovery Drink that also has electrolytes and carbohydrates. The company suggests consuming the shake 20 to 50 minutes after activity and then an additional serving 2 hours later.


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Sports Drinks Experience Resurgence

Rebranding and the emergence of no- and low-calorie varieties lead to rebound.
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Rebranding of category leading products as well as no- and low-calorie varieties has helped the sports drink market rebound in dollar sales as well as unit sales.
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Science for a Healthier Future

By Jennifer Zegler
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PepsiCo dedicates research and development resources to creating more natural and better-for-you products.
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Protein drinks grow through new formulations

By Jessica Jacobsen
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New formulations expand the appeal of protein category.
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Competitive by nature

By Jennifer Zegler
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As the protein-enhanced beverage market expands beyond fitness enthusiasts, CytoSport, Benicia, Calif., aligns itself with the tagline of its flagship Muscle Milk product: “Drink. Evolve.”

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Cover Story: Gatorade refocuses on sports performance innovation

By Jennifer Zegler
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The Gatorade Co., Chicago, relaunched its products in tiered format to suit the needs of athletes before, during and after performance.

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