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SA Energy Drinks Market, Monsters vs Bulls?

Our lives are becoming increasingly frantic: trying to balance work pressures, family obligations and personal time into one’s daily schedule is challenging. So, for many of us, a daily energy boost has almost become a necessity, and the myriad of energy drinks available in South Africa has made it a convenient, on-the-go solution.

Insight Survey’s latest SA Sports and Energy Drinks Industry Landscape Report 2017 carefully unfolds the sports and energy drinks markets based on the latest information and research.  It discusses the latest industry trends, drivers and restraints, whilst also analysing the latest available stats to understand the market for both sports and energy drinks.

In 2017, the global energy drinks market is estimated to be US$55 billion and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% during the forecasted period of 2017-2022. Across the globe, sports and energy drinks remain refueling winners. This continued popularity is evident in given the fact that Energy Drink launches grew 29% in the five years between 2010 and 2015. Furthermore, the global sales volume of energy drinks is forecasted to grow from 11.5 billion litres in 2015 to 14.7 billion litres in 2018!


Here in SA, the sports and energy drinks market is currently also going from strength to strength. The retail sales volume for energy drinks increased by 8% in 2016 due to factors such as the expansion of smaller brands that target lower LSM consumers not previously catered for. Similarly, the sports drinks market in SA experienced a 7% retail volume growth in 2016. Reasons for this increase include intensified obesity prevalence campaigns (leading to increased sports activities and thus an increased consumption of sports-related food and drink).


This local popularity of sports and energy drinks can even be seen in international companies’ sales growth. The graph above indicates the sales growth of Red Bull’s outstanding markets worldwide in 2016, compared to the prior sales year. Sales growth in South Africa were 5th highest on Red Bull’s list of international markets, indicating a continued local loyalty to this energy drinks brand.

A number of trends and drivers are also contributing to the popularity of these types of drinks. Continuous innovation and new products are coming to the fore, including sugar-free options, fortified drinks, bolder flavours and more organic varieties. It is also interesting to note that different LSM groups are being targeted: from 7 Stars focusing more on the lower LSM consumers, to brands such as LOAD that very much caters to the upper LSM’s willing to spend more for their consumables.

It is not all good news for this market, however: even though many South Africans view sports and energy drinks as a more fashionable, healthier alternative to soft drinks, many are still unable to afford what they perceive to be a luxury item. Even SA’s middle class is struggling to survive, with approximately 75% estimated to be under financial stress. Our difficult economic climate, along with the impending Sugar Tax, as well as continuing health-related concerns regarding sports and energy drinks (e.g. high sugar and caffeine content) could prove to be challenging for this market in the future.

The SA Sports and Energy Drinks Industry Landscape Report 2017 (125 pages) provides a dynamic synthesis of industry research, examining the local and global sports and energy drinks industry from a uniquely holistic perspective, with detailed insights into the entire value chain – from manufacturing to retail, pricing analysis and consumption trends.

Some Key Questions The Report Will Help You To Answer:

  • What are the current market dynamics of the global and South African Sports and Energy Drinks industry?
  • What are the global and SA Sports and Energy Drinks industry trends, drivers, and restraints?
  • Who are the key manufacturers and retail players in the SA Sports and Energy Drinks industry?
  • What are the prices, as well as sugar content levels, of popular Sports and Energy Drinks brands at various retail outlets in SA?
  • What are the latest consumer and consumption trends (including profile demographics) for Sports and Energy Drinks?

Please note that the 125-page PowerPoint report is available for purchase for R25,000 (excluding VAT). Alternatively, individual sections can be purchased for R9,000 (excluding VAT). For additional information simply contact us at, directly on (021) 045-0202 or (010) 140- 5756.

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