Powerade
Powerade logo.svg
TypeSports drink
ManufacturerThe Coca-Cola Company
Country of originUnited States
Introduced1988; 34 years ago (1988)
Websitepowerade.com

Powerade is a sports drink created, manufactured and marketed by The Coca-Cola Company. Its primary competitor is Gatorade, owned by PepsiCo.

History

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In 1988, Powerade became the official sports drink of the Olympics, alongside Aquarius, another sports drink made by Coca-Cola. It is a rival of another sports drink, Gatorade.[1] In July 2001, The Coca-Cola Company launched a new formula for Powerade including vitamins B3, B6 and B12, which play a role in energy metabolism.[2]

In July 2002, The Coca-Cola Company started in Toogoolawa by updating the bottles of the standard Powerade (previous logo styling) to a new sport-grip bottle.

In 2002, The Coca-Cola Company introduced Powerade Option to the United States, in response to Gatorade's popular Propel. Option is a "low Calorie sports drink" that is colorless and sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium, to provide sugar-conscious consumers with another rehydration choice. Powerade Option took 36% of the Fitness Water category behind Propel's 42%.

In 2007, Powerade Zero was released, a sports drink with electrolytes, which contains no sugar, no calories and no carbohydrates.[3][4] Powerade Option was subsequently discontinued.[5]

In June 2009, The Coca-Cola Company bought Glacéau, owner of brands such as VitaminWater and SmartWater, for $4.1 billion, a price tag that signaled the company's seriousness in pursuing growth of non-carbonated beverages.[6] Since then, the company has also given its Glacéau management team control of its Powerade sports drink brand.[citation needed]

Competition

Powerade's main competition is Gatorade marketed by the Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo. Gatorade, which was branded at the University of Florida in 1965, was the first commercially available sports drink in the United States. It now holds a commanding share of the market. As of 2011, Gatorade held a 70% market share to Powerade's 28.5%.[7]

All Sport is a competitor marketed by All Sport, Inc. and distributed by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. All Sport was marketed by PepsiCo until 2001, when Gatorade's maker, the Quaker Oats Company was acquired by PepsiCo. All Sport was sold to the Monarch Beverage Company soon after. Powerade and All Sport have each been distributed through their own direct store deliver channels.[8] It was subsequently purchased by Gary Smith, the Chairman & CEO of All Sport, Inc. of Austin, Texas.

Outside the United States, the Lucozade energy drink (manufactured since 1927 by the pharmaceutical company now known as GlaxoSmithKline) competes with Powerade. Lucozade's formulation differs in that it uses primarily glucose and contains caffeine. The more direct competitor to Powerade and Gatorade is Lucozade Sport.

Sponsorships

Ingredients

Nutrition facts
Serving size 8 fl oz (237 mL)
Servings per container 2.5
Amount per serving
Calories 130 Calories from fat 0
% Daily value*
Total fat 0 g 0%
   Saturated fat 0 g 0%
   Trans fat g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 100 mg 4%
Potassium 24 mg 1%
Total carbohydrate 19 g 6%
   Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
   Sugars 34 g
Protein 0 g
Vitamin A 0%      Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%      Iron 0%
*Percent daily values are based on a 2,000‑calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

United States

Source:[11]

Note: Standard 8-ounce servings meet the FDA definition of 'low sodium' and have less sodium than a glass of chocolate milk.[12]

Flavors

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United States

Currently, there are sixteen flavors of Powerade available in the United States:[13]

In addition, there are six flavors of Powerade Zero,[17] a zero calorie version of Powerade:

Discontinued flavors previously available in the United States:

United Kingdom

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Australia

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Discontinued Flavours

South Korea

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Discontinued Flavors

Iceland

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Germany

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Greece

Denmark

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France

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Spain

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Colombia

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Switzerland

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Sweden

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Finland

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Venezuela

Norway

South Africa

New Zealand

ION4 range:[18]

Zero range:[19]

Active Water range:[20]

Discontinued:

Turkey

Russia

Estonia

Canada

Poland

Czech Republic

Slovakia

Hungary

Romania

Criticism

Like its main competitor, Gatorade, Powerade is made with sugar, syrups and salt.[22][23] One Powerade ad campaign stated that Powerade's ION4 is superior to Gatorade, as the claims made by Pepsi, the parent owner of Gatorade were apparently deceptive and false.[24] The courts ruled in favor of Powerade as of August 2009.

Being high in sugar Powerade may contribute to diabetes and weight gain if combined with other sugar sources.[25]

Powerade is also made out of GMOs in certain countries that are authorized to do so.[26]

Sponsors

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See also

References

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