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|Distributor||Red Bull GmbH|
|Country of origin||Thailand|
|Ingredients||Caffeine, taurine, B-group vitamins and alpine spring water|
|Variants||Original, Sugarfree, Cola, Total Zero, Red Edition, Blue Edition, Silver Edition, F1 Edition|
|Related products||Red Bull Cola, Red Bull Energy Shot, Red Bull Sugar-Free, Red Bull Total Zero, Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Racing Team|
Red Bull is an energy drink sold by Austrian company Red Bull GmbH, created in 1987. In terms of market share, Red Bull is the highest selling energy drink in the world, with 5.387 billion cans sold in 2013.
Austrian born Croat entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz was inspired by an existing energy drink named Krating Daeng (Thai: กระทิงแดง, Thai pronunciation: [kràtʰiŋ dɛːŋ]), which was first invented and sold in Thailand. He took this idea, modified the ingredients to suit the tastes of westerners, and, in partnership with Chaleo Yoovidhya, founded Red Bull GmbH in Chakkapong. In Thai, daeng means red, and krating is the reddish-brown muscle-bound bovine called a "gaur", an animal slightly larger than the bison. Red Bull is sold in a tall and slim blue-silver can; in Thailand and in some parts of Asia it is sold in a wider gold can with the name of Krating Daeng or Red Bull Classic. The two are different products, produced separately. The Red Bull company slogan is "Red Bull gives you wings" and the product is marketed through advertising, events (Red Bull Air Race, Red Bull Crashed Ice), sports team ownerships (RB Leipzig, FC Red Bull Salzburg, Red Bull Brasil, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso), celebrity endorsements, and music, through its record label Red Bull Records.
Red Bull has been criticized for its marketing with extreme sports pictures, including those of at least six known fatalities. Red Bull was criticized for health risks in the past; however, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that the levels of taurine and glucuronolactone used in Red Bull and other popular energy drinks are safe.
- 1 History
- 2 Ingredients
- 3 Products
- 4 Health effects
- 5 Market approval and legal status
- 6 Litigation
- 7 Advertising
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In 1976, Chaleo Yoovidhya introduced a drink called Krating Daeng in Thailand, which means "red gaur" in English. It was inspired by the tonic Lipovitan, whose prime ingredient is taurine, and was popular among Thai truck drivers and laborers. After visiting Thailand in 1982, Dietrich Mateschitz discovered that Krating Daeng helped cure his jet lag. In 1984, Mateschitz co-founded Red Bull GmbH with Yoovidhya and turned it into a global brand. Red Bull was founded by each partner investing $500,000 of savings and taking a stake in the new company. Yoovidhya and Mateschitz each held a 49% share of the new company. They gave the remaining 2% to Yoovidhya's son Chalerm, but it was agreed that Mateschitz would run the company. The product was launched in Austria in 1987.
In 1992, the product expanded to international markets: Hungary and Slovenia. It entered the United States via California in 1997 and the Middle East in 2000. In 2008, Forbes magazine listed both Chaleo and Mateschitz as the 250th richest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
Red Bull contains caffeine, taurine, glucuronolactone (as of 2014, Glucuronolactone is no longer on the Red Bull ingredients list), B-group vitamins, sucrose, and glucose. Red Bull Sugar Free is like Red Bull Energy Drink, but without sugar. The sugars sucrose and glucose have been replaced by the sweeteners acesulfame K and aspartame/sucralose.
The original Red Bull from Austria (carbonated) has been imported to China since 2014. In addition, the local energy drink brand is also called Red Bull. Red Bulls sold in China have two versions: a regular-strength version in a short, wide, gold-and-red can similar to the Thai drink; and an "extra-strength" version in a taller, thinner, blue-and-silver can more like the western version. Neither Chinese version is carbonated.
In Malaysia, Red Bull is sold in five versions: in addition to the regular strength Chinese version, and "International" version sold in a taller, thinner, blue-and-silver can (looking like the "extra-strength" version sold in China, but carbonated), a "less-sugar" also sold in a short, silver-and-red can- this version tastes much more sour compared to the gold-and-red can version, but is otherwise identical in terms of nutrients. Additionally, both regular and less-sugar version are also available in a lower dosage, sold in glass bottles with gold-and-red or silver-and-red label depending on version, mimicking the bottles sold in Thailand.
- Red Edition (cranberry)
- Blue Edition (blueberry)
- Silver Edition (lime)
- Shot (concentrated form)
Claims about the drink's effects and performance have been challenged on various occasions, with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority imposing advertising restrictions in 2001 in response to complaints recorded as early as 1997.
Caffeine, taurine and glucuronolactone have been assessed by health authorities for their safety. Health Canada conducted a review of the scientific literature on caffeine, concluding that the general population of healthy adults is not at risk for potential adverse effects from caffeine if they limit their consumption to 400 mg per day.
Taurine and glucuronolactone are human body constituents and present in the human diet from foods such as scallops, fish, poultry and grains. The Scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was published in 2009 at the request of the European Food Safety Authority's commission (EFSA) and evaluated the safety of two particular "energy drink" ingredients, specifically taurine and glucuronolactone, and concluded that the exposure to these said substances at the levels presently used in energy drinks is no safety concern.
In 2009, the EFSA published another scientific opinion in the 'EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies' (NDA), focusing this time on various studies of taurine and its commercial alleged health claims, namely: antioxidant activity, detoxifying properties, and protection of body cells from oxidative damage (defined as per the EFSA: Protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage), energy metabolism (energy-yielding metabolism), ergogenic role in sports and exercise (Delay in the onset of fatigue and enhancement of physical performance).
The EFSA concluded that on the basis of the available data, the cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of taurine and the previously mentioned commercial claims.
A review published in 2008 found no documented reports of negative or positive health effects associated with the amount of taurine used in energy drinks, including Red Bull. Caffeine and sugar levels in Red Bull are comparable to coffee and fruit juices, respectively.
The caffeine content of a single can of Red Bull is 80 mg/250 ml (32 mg/100 ml). This is about the same as one cup of coffee, or slightly less depending on the brewing method. The actual caffeine level in Red Bull can vary depending on country, as some countries have legal restrictions on how much caffeine is allowed in drinks. As is the case with other caffeinated beverages, Red Bull drinkers may experience adverse effects as a result of overuse. Excessive consumption may induce mild to moderate euphoria primarily caused by stimulant properties of caffeine and may also induce agitation, anxiety, irritability and insomnia.
There has been at least one case report of Red Bull overdose causing postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome in a young athlete. A February 3, 2009 article in The Daily Telegraph titled "Red Bull 'may have triggered heart condition that killed student' " reported the death of a 21-year-old woman who died after drinking four cans of Red Bull as well as alcohol at "social levels". It is believed, but was not proven, that she suffered from a rare heart condition called long QT Syndrome. She was on medication for epilepsy and had an abnormally large heart. A medical examination found no illegal drugs in her body. The article quoted a doctor as saying, "The coroner recorded that the 21-year-old woman died of natural causes."
In March 2014, a girl in the UK had three heart attacks after drinking alcoholic shots containing Red Bull. This is currently under investigation.
Impact on driving
Market approval and legal status
Authorities in France, Denmark, and Norway initially kept Red Bull from being sold domestically. However, as of 2014, it is on sale in all 28 member states of the European Union and in 165 countries around the world.
The French food safety agency was concerned about taurine. A Red Bull drink that did not contain taurine was introduced. The French refusal of market approval was challenged by the European Commission, and partially upheld by the European Court of Justice in 2004. The French food safety agency relented in 2008, because it was unable to prove a definite health risk, taurine-related or not.
In 2013, Red Bull told the Redwell brewery, a Norfolk micro brewery to change its name or face legal action, because it sounded too similar to Red Bull. The eight man brewery in Norwich was told its name could "confuse" customers and "tarnish" its trademark. The two companies reached a settlement permitting Redwell to continue using its name.
In 2014, Red Bull faced a $13 million settlement addressing two consumer class action lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The listed Plaintiffs were Benjamin Careathers, David Wolf, and Miguel Almarez who sued the company for Red Bull's marketing and labeling claiming that the company violated 'express warranty and unjust enrichment' since their products were first launched. The Court hearing will take place the morning of May 1, 2015 in an attempt to determine approval for the settlement. Customers that submitted claims then have the opportunity to receive cash reimbursement or Product Option within 150 days of the approved appeals.
Red Bull's slogan was "it gives you wings" until they were hit with a 13 million dollar class action lawsuit. It was later changed to "No Red Bull, no wings". Red Bull's international marketing campaign targets young men mostly with extreme sports. These range from mountain biking, BMX, motocross, windsurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, cliff-diving, surfing, skating, freestyle motocross, rally, Formula 1 racing, to breakdancing. Red Bull uses music and videogames, and has enlisted celebrities, such as Eminem (sponsoring the Red Bull "EmSee Battle Rap championships"). It hosts events like art shows and the "Red Bull Flugtag" (German for "flight day" or "flying day"). Red Bull owns association football teams, with clubs in Austria, Germany, the United States and Brazil featuring the Red Bull trademark in their names. By associating the drink's image with these activities, the company seeks to promote a "cool" public image and raise brand power. The energy drink has created a market for over 150 related types of merchandise, like Red Rooster and Blue Lightning.
In the PlayStation 3's social gaming platform, PlayStation Home, Red Bull developed its own in-game island, specifically advertising its energy drink and the Red Bull Air Race event (for which the space is named) released in January 2009. In late November 2009, Red Bull produced two new spaces, the Red Bull Illume space, and the Red Bull Beach space featuring the Red Bull Flugtag, both released on the same day. In January 2012, Red Bull released its first personal space called the "Red Bull House of Skate" featuring an indoor skate park.
In the video game Worms 3D, Red Bull allows worms to move more quickly than normal. Red Bull is displayed on virtual track-side billboards during game play and in the opening cinematic in the video game Wipeout 2097.
Red Bull House of Art
The Red Bull House of Art is an art fellowship program that was launched by the Red Bull. The program is held in multiple cities, most notably the Red Bull House of Art programs in Detroit, Michigan and São Paulo, Brazil, and the program typically consists of a three month period during which time six to eight participants will create new artwork with the intent to display it in a final exhibition. During the fellowship the artists receive unlimited access to the galleries and a stipend for art supplies.
- RB Leipzig – a football team currently playing in the German 2. Bundesliga
- New York Red Bulls (officially Red Bull New York) – a soccer franchise competing in the United States' Major League Soccer
- Infiniti Red Bull Racing – a Formula One team based in Milton Keynes, England, World Constructor's Championship winner of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and produced the car for the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
- Scuderia Toro Rosso (Italian translation of Team Red Bull) – Another Formula One team based in Faenza, Italy.
- Team Red Bull – a racing team competing in the U.S.-based stock car racing competition NASCAR Red Bull Racing Team competed in NASCAR beginning in 2007. The team ceased operations after the Sprint Cup Series' 2011 season.
- FC Red Bull Salzburg – an Austrian football club based in Salzburg and competing in the Austrian Bundesliga
- EC Red Bull Salzburg – a member of the Austrian Hockey League based in Salzburg, Austria
- EHC Red Bull München – a member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga based in Munich, Germany
- Red Bull Brasil – a football team currently playing in the Brazilian Campeonato Paulista based in Campinas, Brazil
- Triple Eight Race Engineering – from 2013, Red Bull will sponsor one of the top V8 Supercar teams.
- Red Bull Racing Brasil, a Stock Car Brasil team, since 2007.
- Red Bull Ghana – a Ghanaian professional football club located in Sogakope that plays in the Poly Tank Division One League.
- StarTale – In 2012, Redbull began sponsoring this professional Starcraft 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team based in South Korea.
- D3W – In 2012, Redbull began sponsoring this professional studio and Marc Diwan co. based in Canada.
- Škoda Motorsport rally team
- Cacá Bueno's speed record Vectra
- Carlin Motorsport Dallara-Renault
- Citroën World Rally Team (2008-2012)
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe Pikes Peak edition
- Hyundai Veloster rallycross car
- Iveco Dakar rally trucks
- JMB Racing Maserati MC12 GT
- KTM road and Dakar rally bikes
- Peugeot 208 T16
- Peugeot 2008 DKR (2015)
- Sauber F1 team (1995-2004)
- SEAT Sport WTCC team
- Škoda Fabia S2000
- Volkswagen Passat DARPA Grand Challenge edition
- Volkswagen Polo R WRC
In 2009, Red Bull added mainstream sport athletes to its roster of sports endorsements.
- Reggie Bush US NFL athlete announced at the 2009 Super Bowl.
- Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and John Reynolds.
- Red Bull Junior Team, a program which sponsors young drivers competing in single seater racing. Since 2001 many young drivers developed careers in professional motorsport, with 13 participants having competed in Formula One, including quadruple F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
- Skijumper Adam Małysz, snowboarders Mark McMorris, Torah Bright and Nathan Johnstone, and skiers Kaya Turski, Lindsey Vonn and Alexis Pinturault.
- Red Bull is active in eSports, endorsing the Korean StarCraft II team StarTale, and individually sponsoring former StarTale player Bomber.
- Dion Phaneuf NHL defenseman - Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Red Bull has also sponsored Call of Duty player Matt Haag known as 'NaDeSHoT' since 2013 as part of their eSports sponsorship program.
- Young professional golfer Rickie Fowler.
- Racing driver Andrew Jordan
- Drift racing driver "Mad" Mike Whiddett.
- Red Bull Stratos
- Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
- Red Bull Rampage
- Red Bull Road Rage
- Red Bull King of the Rock Tournament
- Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye
- Red Bull Crashed Ice
- Red Bull X-Fighters
- Red Bull X-Alps
- Red Bull Air Race World Championship
- Red Bull Flugtag
- Red Bull Cape Fear
- Red Bull Paperwings
- Red Bull Training Grounds
- Red Bull sports events
- Red Bull Art of Motion
- Red Bull BC One
- Red Bull Cold Rush
- Red Bull Dolomitenmann - A 4-man relay competition including trail running, paragliding, kayaking, mountainbiking
- Red Bull Elements - A 4-man relay competition including rowing, trail running, paragliding, mountainbiking
- Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup
- Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix
- Red Bull Storm Chase - A worldwide windsurfing competition in storm conditions with wind speeds of at least force ten
- Red Bull Supernatural - A "backcountry boarding competition designed to challenge, then crown the best all-around snowboarder on the planet."
- Red Bull Soapbox Race
- Red Bull World Bridge Series
- Red Bull Drift Shifters - Drifting event held on a pinball inspired street course in Auckland, New Zealand
- Red Bull Music Academy
- Red Bull Ring, a motorsport circuit in Spielberg, Styria, Austria.
- Red Bull Arena (Leipzig), home stadium of German football club RB Leipzig.
- Red Bull Arena (New Jersey), home stadium of American soccer club the New York Red Bulls.
- Red Bull Arena (Salzburg), home stadium of Austrian football club FC Red Bull Salzburg.
- Hangar-7 (Salzburg), a multifunctional building with a collection of historical airplanes.
- Chuck Aaron, Red Bull Chief Pilot and Director of A&P Maintenance
- Felix Baumgartner — stratospheric parachute jump 2012
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