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Hell Energy Drink
TypeEnergy drink
ManufacturerHell Energy Magyarország Kft.
Country of origin Hungary
VariantsHELL Classic
HELL Strong Apple
HELL Strong Red Grape
HELL Strong Cola
HELL Multivitamin
HELL Summer Cool
HELL Ice Cool
HELL Magnum
HELL Strong Focus
HELL strong Watermelon Active

Hell Energy Drink (stylized as HELL) is a popular energy drink brand distributed primarily in Europe and Asia. The brand was initiated in 2006 by a privately owned company, founded in Hungary, 2004, which took the name "Hell Energy Magyarország Kft." in 2009.[1] Within three years it became the market leader in Hungary.[2] A major milestone for the brand's popularity was a two-year sponsorship deal with the AT&T Williams Formula 1 Team, where Hell Energy became second in the energy drink sector to enter the world of Formula 1 Racing. Hell Energy is now also a market leader in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, North Macedonia, Greece, Croatia and Serbia[3][4] and is available in more than 50 countries worldwide.[5] Hell produces the energy drink Speedstar for NORMA supermarkets. Hell Energy has headquarters in Hungary, Romania, the United Kingdom, Russia and also in Cyprus.

Hell Energy is the builder and owner of Avalon Park, a resort, spa and event center complex in Miskolctapolca, a resort belonging to Miskolc. Avalon won several awards including gold medals in three categories at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. It received the internationally recognized 5-star classification at the International Hotel Awards.[6]


The Hell Energy factory was built in 2011 in Szikszó, Hungary. It has two can filling lines with production capacity of 2 million cans per day. There is a laboratory for the constant monitoring of the drinks' parameters. The factory has the highest food safety certificate - FSSC22000 - available in Europe. In 2012 the factory was officially voted as one of the best three factories in Europe in the 'Global and World Class Manufacturing' category at the Strategic Manufacturing Award in Düsseldorf, Germany. The plant is accompanied with a fully automatized logistic center with an area of 6000 square meters. The Hell Energy filling factory is able to manufacture 250, 330, 475, and 500 ml cans. Hell Energy has been producing for the domestic and export market since 2011 in the Szikszó bottling factory. The can filling line has an annual capacity of 600 million cans, thus it can accept assignments and outsource requests from other brands.


Nutritional value per 100 mL[7]
Energy196 kJ (47 kcal)
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6 mg
Niacin (B3)
8.0 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
2.0 mg
Vitamin B6
0.8 mg
Vitamin B12
0.2 μg
Other constituentsQuantity
Salts0.2 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

The caffeine content of a single can of Hell Energy is 80 mg/250 mL (32 mg/100 mL).[8] This is about the same as one cup of espresso coffee.[8]


In 2018, Hell Energy signed Bruce Willis as their brand ambassador.[9]


In 2020, both a Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei as well as a Hungarian newspaper Magyar Narancs confirmed that Ernő Barabás is the owner of the Hell Energy Drink. Ernő on 20 March 1990, during the ethnic clashes of Târgu Mureș took part in the beating of Mihăilă Cofariu, an ethnic Romanian from Ibănești. He was convicted by the Romanian court, but emigrated to Hungary to escape his 10-year imprisonment sentence. [10] [11]

As business owners, the Barabás family was included in Napi Gazdaság (Daily Economy)'s Top 100 list as early as 2013, their fortune estimated at 6.9 billion was enough for the 86th place. Forbes estimated this year at HUF 48.5 billion. Ernő Barabás' fortune, making him the 26th richest Hungarian. In 15 years, the family built a global brand in Szikszó, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county. The owners of Hell Energy Kft. are now the founder's two sons, Ernő Barabás Jr. and Zsolt Barabás. There is very little publicly available information about the family, even though it represents a significant economic force and is one of the largest employers in Hungary.The Barabás family likes to start lawsuits against the press that writes about them: they sued Forbes, because the business magazine mentioned the Barabáses in its list of the richest Hungarians, and their business was presented in a later issue. In addition, the Barabás companies have also received heavy state support in recent years: since 2008, the amount that has gone to companies connected to the Barabás in the form of non-refundable state and EU subsidies and subsidized loans could reach HUF 46.2 billion. [11]


  1. ^ "A cukorpiactól Bruce Willisig és még tovább - a Hell Energy és a Barabás család" (in Hungarian). Magyar Narancs. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  2. ^ "The HELL won the MagyarBrands award this year again". Trade Magazin. 17 November 2015. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Energy for the energy drink". ABB. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  4. ^ Bálint Fabók (27 June 2021). "Hatalmasat nőtt, már harmadik a világpiacon a borsodi energiaital-gyártó" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Hell Energy drink company to invest HUF 25-30 bln in Hungary". Budapest Business Journal. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  6. ^ " / Awards". Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ "HELL Summer Cool" (in Bosnian). 28 August 2019. Archived from the original (photography of part of the can with nutrition information, BiH import) on 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "HELL Summer Cool" (in Bosnian). 28 August 2019. Archived from the original (photography of part of the can with general information, BiH import) on 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Bruce Willis is the new face of Hungarian Hell Energy". Media Marketing. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Firma HELL Energy confirmă că patronul Ernő Barabás e călăul lui Mihăilă Cofar, românul linșat la Tg. Mureș" [HELL Energy confirms that the owner Ernő Barabás is the executioner of Mihăilă Cofar, the Romanian lynched at Tg. Mures]. (in Romanian). 28 April 2020. Archived from the original on 24 March 2023. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  11. ^ a b "A cukorpiactól Bruce Willisig és még tovább - a Hell Energy és a Barabás család" [From the sugar market to Bruce Willis and beyond - Hell Energy and the Barabás family]. (in Hungarian). 15 October 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2023. ((cite web)): Check |archive-url= value (help)