Powerade

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Powerade
Powerade Logo.svg
Type Nutrient-enhanced sports drink beverage
Manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company with creative control under Glacéau.
Country of origin United States
Introduced 1988
Website powerade.com

Powerade is a sports drink manufactured and marketed by The Coca-Cola Company.

its  primary competitor is PepsiCo's Gatorade brands. As of December 2010, Powerade has grown to take 21.7 percent of the United States market in the sports drink category, compared to Gatorade's 77.2 percent.[1]

In 2009, Powerade was relaunched as Powerade ION4, a formulation that contains four key electrolytes in the same ratio that is typically lost in sweat.[2] PepsiCo sued The Coca-Cola Company, after ads were released claiming that Gatorade was an incomplete sports drink, since it only contained two of the four key electrolytes. The presiding judge ruled in favor of Coca-Cola, for a number of reasons: the ads were no longer running, Gatorade had made similar claims about their Endurance line, and Pepsi failed to show any harm or damage caused by the ads, which were only designed to run for sixty days.

History[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In July 2002, The Coca-Cola Company updated 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 June 2007, 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. Since then, the company has also given its Glacéau management team control of its Powerade sports drink brand.

In 2008, Powerade Zero, a zero-calorie sports drink with electrolytes and no carbohydrates was released.[5] Powerade Option was subsequently discontinued.[6]

Competition[edit]

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 percent market share to Powerade's 28.5 percent.[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. It was subsequently purchased by Gary Smith, the Chairman & CEO of All Sport, Inc. based in Austin, Texas.

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

Sponsorships[edit]

  • The brand is also the exclusive beverage sponsor of the Hoops in the Sun basketball summer league, based out at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York. It is the only summer basketball league to be sponsored by the brand.

Ingredients[edit]

Nutrition facts
Serving size 8 fl oz (237 mL)
Servings per container {{{#_servings}}}
Amount per serving
Calories 80 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 14 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.

Ingredients:[9]

Note: Standard 8 ounce servings meet the FDA definition of 'low sodium' and have less sodium than a glass of chocolate milk. [10]

Substitutions and differences[edit]

Ingredients may vary from flavor to flavor and by country with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) not used in Australia and other regions where sucrose is substituted.

Flavors[edit]

Currently, there are nine flavors of Powerade available in the United States:[11]

  • Orange
  • Mountain Berry Blast (Initially titled Mountain Blast)
  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Lemon Lime
  • Sour Melon
  • White Cherry (Initially titled Arctic Shatter)
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Tropical Mango

Powerade ION4 flavors

  • Berry and Tropical
  • Orange
  • Cherry
  • Melon

In addition, there are six flavors of Powerade Zero,[12] a zero calorie version of Powerade:

  • Mixed Berry
  • Grape
  • Lemon Lime
  • Orange
  • Fruit Punch
  • Strawberry

Discontinued flavors[edit]

Flavors that were previously available in the United States, but have been discontinued:

  • Orange Tangerine
  • Jagged Ice
  • Black Cherry Lime
  • Infrared Freeze
  • Mango
  • Flava 23 Sour Berry (developed in conjunction with Kobe Bryant)
  • Flava 23 Sour Melon (developed in conjunction with LeBron James)
  • Gold Medal (released to promote the 2004 Summer Olympics)
  • Green Squall
  • Matrix Reloaded (released in conjunction with the movie in 2003, and later re-released as a regular Powerade flavor, Black Cherry Lime)
  • NHRA
  • Light Andean Chill (low-calorie)
  • Light Aleutian Stream (low-calorie)
  • Option Grape (replaced with zero grape)
  • Option Lemon (replaced with zero lemon-lime)
  • Option Strawberry (replaced with zero strawberry)
  • Option Black Cherry
  • Psych (sports-energy drink hybrid)
  • Raize (sports-energy drink hybrid)
  • Advance Berry (sports-energy drink hybrid)
  • Advance Cherry Lime (sports-energy drink hybrid)
  • Cherry Apple
  • Powerade Play (a reduced calorie version targeted towards children) Mixed Berry, Fruit Punch, Orange, and Grape flavors in 12 ounce bottles.

United Kingdom flavors[edit]

  • Berry & Tropical
  • Cherry
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Zero Berry & Tropical
  • Zero red fruits
  • Energy- Berry
  • Energy- Orange

Australian flavors[edit]

  • Berry Ice
  • Mountain Blast
  • Lemon Lime
  • Blackcurrant
  • Gold Rush
  • White Cherry
  • Fuel+ Berry Ice
  • Fuel+ Mountain Blast
  • Zero Berry Ice
  • Zero Mountain Blast
  • Zero Lemon Lime

South Korea flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Vita Lemon
  • Energy Punch
  • Aqua Powerplus
  • Powerade Recover

Discontinued Flavors

  • Aqua Grapefruits
  • Tidal Burst
  • Guus Hiddink
  • Gold Fever

Iceland flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Citrus Charge
  • Snow Storm

Germany flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Wild Cherry

Denmark flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange

France flavors[edit]

  • Ice Storm
  • Orange
  • Cherry
  • Lemon
  • Zero Ice Storm
  • Zero Red Fruits
  • Blue Raspberry
  • Power Blast (fruit punch)

Spain flavors[edit]

  • Ice Storm
  • Blood Orange
  • Citrus Charge

Colombia flavors[edit]

  • Mandarin Orange
  • Mountain Blast
  • Tropical Fruits

Switzerland flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Mango Green
  • Zero Berry & Tropical

Sweden flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Citrus/Lime

Finland flavors[edit]

  • Berry
  • Orange

Venezuela flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Tropical Fruits
  • Mandarin

Norway flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Lemon

South Africa flavors[edit]

  • Jagged Ice
  • Tangerine
  • Island Burst
  • Mountain Blast
  • Orange
  • Concentrated Tangerine
  • Concentrated Jagged Ice
  • Concentrated Mountain Blast
  • Concentrated Orange

New Zealand flavors[edit]

  • Mountain Blast
  • Berry Ice
  • Lemon Lime
  • Gold Burst
  • Silver Charge
  • Fever Pitch
  • Blackcurrant
  • Black

Turkey flavors[edit]

  • Ice Blast (Karışık Meyve)
  • Sun Rush (Mango ve Portakal)
  • Citrus Charge (Limon ve Portakal)

Russia flavors[edit]

  • Citrus Charge (Lemon Lime)
  • Gold (Orange)
  • Ice Storm (Blue)
  • Cherry (Red)
  • Snow Storm (White Cherry)
  • Pink Lemonade

Criticism[edit]

Like its main competitor, Gatorade, Powerade is made with sugar, syrups and salt.[13] One Powerade ad campaign saying that Powerade ION4 is superior to Gatorade has been accused of being deceptive and false by Pepsi, the parent owner of Gatorade.[14] The courts ruled in favor of Powerade as of August 2009. However, unlike Gatorade, Powerade's ingredients list High Fructose Corn Syrup as a main ingredient.[15]

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