Nonalcohol Beverages: Where the Gains Are

Energy drink sales in c-stores rose more than 10% in 2019

CHICAGO — Energy drink sales in c-stores rose more than 10% in 2019, with unit sales up more than 7%, according to IRI data. Unit growth for sports drinks was flat, after nearly 3% growth in 2018. Cappuccino/iced coffees and refrigerated teas both grew in dollars and units, while canned and bottled tea continued to struggle.

C-store sales, 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, 2019

Drink typeC-store sales ($ millions)PCYA*Unit sales (millions)PCYA*
Energy drinks$9,271.010.8%3,544.07.6%
Sports drinks$3,143.07.4%1,632.40.4%
Canned and bottled tea$1,676.8(4.5%)1,091.0(7.1%)
Cappuccino/iced coffee$1,762.05.3%593.31.8%
Refrigerated teas$216.96.0%113.41.8%
Refrgerated ready-to-drink coffee$12.8(16.6%)3.8(19.0%)

Source: IRI |* Percent change from a year ago


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