As physicist Albert Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” As today’s American consumers look to keep moving, they are turning to various forms of energy-inducing foods and beverages. However, in the spirit of Einstein’s quote, consumers also are in search of more balanced energy resources.
Although many beverage trends come and go, energy has become one of the top functions consumers continue to demand from beverages. And today’s consumers want more than just energy — they want beverages that cater to health-and-wellness trends, and the energy drink category is no exception.
Consumers know the importance of health and wellness. According to a survey conducted by New York-based Nielsen, consumers not only recognize the need to institute a healthy lifestyle, they also are willing to pay for it.
When observing the actions of children, it might not be uncommon for adults to remark, “I wish I had that much energy.” Athletes also can be inspiring figures in relation to knowing how to maintain higher energy levels. In the beverage market, sports and energy drink brand owners commonly have turned to these athletes as brand ambassadors for their products.
The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West tradeshow, which took place March 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., boasted an attendance increase of 7.2 present, bringing together more 71,000 industry members, more than 2,700 exhibiting companies, and 634 first-time exhibitors.