Slender Energy, a new
energy-enhancing drink launched by Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Fuze
Beverage LLC, combines two fast-growing categories,
energy drinks and juice drinks, to capitalize on a larger consumer trend
toward healthier lifestyles.
Slender Energy, available in five flavors, is a
low-calorie, low-carb beverage containing 5 percent real juice. Packaged in
an 18-ounce plastic resealable bottle, Slender Energy contains ingredients
believed to promote weight loss and enhance energy, including vitamin C, an
antioxidant; Citrimax, to reduce appetite, increase energy and help lower
conversion of carbs into fat; L-carnitine, an amino acid meant to boost
energy; chromium, believed to improve the amount of energy derived from
food; and taurine, to help absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. It also
contains caffeine, ginseng and guarana.
“Our whole Slenderize platform is just on
fire,” says Fuze Chief Executive Officer Lance Collins. “We
felt we could seize on a new concept by fusing two powerful categories
together — energy drinks and the low-calorie, new age juice drink
categories. We looked at our consumer base and at other hybrid trends in
the marketplace where consumers are demanding the best of both worlds. We
felt we could leverage our strength and take advantage of this opportunity
to create a new energy beverage segment.”
Fuze’s Slender Energy concept is rooted in a few
key statistics. According to Collins, energy drinks accounted for more than
60 million cases in 2004, and the category grew more than 74 percent last
year. New age juice drinks, juices and other juice drinks comprise 41
percent of all non-carbonated beverages, while enhanced waters grew 52.5
percent last year.
Slender Energy is aimed at Fuze’s target market,
60 percent of which is women ages 18 to 30. “The opportunity is that
it quenches many thirst occasions for our target consumers who have active
lifestyles,” says Collins. “To us, it’s a refreshing
coffee alternative. It’s great at the gym because it keeps you
slender and it gives you energy. If you need a little pick-me-up,
it’s a great-tasting alternative that’s low in calories.”
Fuze’s in-house food scientists developed the
Slender Energy line, and worked with a flavor house to commercialize the
concept. Formulation took some time to perfect due to the line’s
unique combination of ingredients.
“This line has a lot of functional ingredients,
and it took a long time to stabilize it. It took a long time to make it
taste good,” Collins says. “We went through six months of
stability testing on it. We ran it through a pilot lineup, and we
focus-tested it. There’s a lot of R&D that went into it.”
Launched in August in eight states and Washington,
D.C., Slender Energy is scheduled for a national rollout later this year.
Beverage Industry’s October issue features a cover story on our 2019 Executive of the Year, Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Co. This issue also features a category focus on bottled water and the innovations that abound in flavored, functional and sparkling waters. The issue also includes an ingredient spotlight on the beloved chocolate ingredient as well as voice-picking solutions aimed at streamlining beverage warehouses. As usual, we rounded up the latest trends in products, packaging and ingredients.
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