Top Selling Energy Drink Brands

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Red Bull continues to dominate as the energy drink leader, but Monster has experienced huge growth in the last few years.

The energy drink market continues to grow even in light of the tough economy and increased health scrutiny.  Soda sales have been declining steadily over the same period, while energy drink sales have been booming.

Despite recent FDA scrutiny regarding the safety of these beverages, 2013 energy drink sales are up 6.7% over last year in the USA alone. src.

Did your favorite energy drink make the list? 

Energy Drink Brand Market Share 2013

Energy Drink Brand Market Share 2014

USA Top Selling Energy Drink Brands

Rank20152015 sales
($millions)
20142014 sales ($millions)20132013 sales ($millions)20122012 sales ($millions)20112011 sales ($millions)20102010 sales ($millions)20082008 sales (%share)20072007 sales (%share)20062006 sales (%share)
1Red Bull4,550 Red Bull2,883 Red Bull3,433 Red Bull2,950Red Bull2,300 Red Bull2,200Red Bull40%Red Bull35.2%Red Bull42.6%
2Monster3,690 Monster2,476 Monster3,147 Monster2,600Monster1,900 Monster 1,500Monster23%Monster27.3%Monster14.4%
3 Rockstar820 Rockstar647 Rockstar821 Rockstar780Rockstar660 Rockstar400Rockstar12.3%Rockstar11.1%Rockstar11.4%
4NOS 542 NOS294 NOS274 Amp300Amp330 NOS200Amp8%Full Throttle6.6%Full Throttle6.9%
5Amp146 Amp212 Amp239 NOS250Doubleshot250 Doubleshot180Full Throttle4%Amp5.1%Sobe No Fear5.4%
6Full Throttle143Full Throttle114 Full Throttle104 Full Throttle140NOS220 Amp140Doubleshot2%No Fear2.7%Amp3.6%
7 Xyience Xenergy40 Xyience Xenergy43 Xyience Xenergy40Full Throttle130 Full Throttle110NOS1.5%NOS2.1%Sobe Adrenaline Rush2.9%
8Arizona Energy28 VPX Redline VPX Redline15Xyience Xenergy30No Fear1.4%Adrenaline2.1%Tab Energy2.3%
9 Rip It22
10Venom19
Scroll right to see earlier years.
* Although the energy drink market grew in 2014 with all the major brands showing increased sales as well, the data above doesn’t reflect this. This is due to IRI² not having access to certain retailers’ sales data.   Pre-2013 data does not include Walmart sales so most numbers would be higher with that factored in. 2009 sales data is unavailable.

The top Monster drinks are: Monster Energy, Java Monster, Monster Mega Energy, and Monster Rehab.

In case you didn’t read that correctly: Red Bull sold US$3.4 BILLION dollars of energy drink product in the 52 weeks prior to July 2013. Monster sold US$3.1 BILLION worth.

A huge part of energy drink popularity is in the sponsorship efforts, with top brands spending large sums of money to achieve brand placement. Xyience has definitely been lifting their marketing efforts and it’s paying off with their recent entrance into the top 15 energy drinks ranking.

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That’s fine for the USA, but many have been wanting some data for the worldwide energy drink market.

Good news! We finally were able to track down some numbers.

Worldwide Top 15 Energy Drinks

Based on worldwide sales figures here’s how the energy drink brands stack up worldwide.

Rank20152015 sales
($millions)
1Red Bull12,463
2Monster4,773
3 Rockstar1,085
4Lucozade 709
5NOS542
6 Burn472
7 M-150325
8 Sting261
9 Cobra260
10Hi-Tiger224
11Eastroc Super Drink213
12Adrenaline Rush177
12Dekavita C174
13Power Horse173
14Relentless159
15Amp155

The data for the above graph was provided to us by Euromonitor International who tracks the worldwide sales of energy drinks and many other consumer products.

Red Bull has a sizable lead in the USA, but worldwide the energy drink giant has a massive lead over any other competitor.

Top Selling Energy Shot Brands

Rank20152015 sales
($millions)
20142014 sales ($millions)20132013 sales ($millions)20122012 sales ($millions)20112011 sales ($millions)
15 Hour Energy 7255 Hour Energy7325 Hour Energy1,1145 Hour Energy896 5 Hour Energy996
2Stacker inc/6 hr. Power 10Stacker inc/6 hr. Power11Stacker inc/6 Hour Power476 Hour Power30 6 Hour Power22
3 Tweaker8.3Tweaker8Private Label17Red Bull Shot25 Worx14
4 RhinoRush 3.7Street King3.7Worx Energy Shot7Monster Hitman10 E65
5 Vital 4 U  3.5Vital 4 U 3.4Tweaker5Stacker 24 Stacker 24
6 Fuel In A Bottle 3.3Fuel In A Bottle3Street King4.9Nitro 2 Go3.4 Redline Power Rush3.5
7Street King 3RhinoRush2.9E6 Energy Shot3.9Redline3.2 Spike Double Shot3.2
8E6 Energy Shot 2.5Nitro 2 Go2.68Rip It Energy Shot3.2Vital 4U3.1 Vital 4U3
9 Rip It Shot 1.7E6 Energy Shot2.65
10 Nitro 2 Go 1.4Worx Energy Shot1.3

5 Hour Energy certainly has the energy shot market cornered with none of the others anywhere in the same universe as 5 Hour, but they seem to be losing their dominance in late 2014 as other brands gain market share. The energy shot market segment was down 4.1% in 2014 compared to the same time period the previous year and in 2015 down again. It looks like some are losing their enthusiasm for the energy shot. ²

Top Selling Energy Drink Mixes

Rank20132013 sales ($millions)
1MIO Energy55
2Crystal Light Energy39.5
3Private Label36.7
4Propel Energy Drink Mix23
5Zipfizz12.5
64C Energy Rush3.3
7Ecodrink1.5
8Splash.34

Which Companies Own Which Brands?

It’s also interesting to note that some parent companies own several different brands of energy drinks. Here’s a bit of the breakdown.

  1. Coca Cola owns Nos, Burn, and Relentless but has given Monster Energy the rights to these brands.
  2. Pepsi Co. owns Amp, Starbucks bottled drinks, Mountain Dew Kickstart but sold No Fear.
  3. Monster also owns Worx Energy Shot.
  4. Coca-Cola just bought a 17% Stake in the Monster Beverage Company. Monster will take over Coke’s Energy Drink Brands and Coke takes over Monster’s Hanson brand.
  5. Rockstar is still flying solo, but is distributed by Pepsi.

Does top selling mean that they are also the best energy drinks? 

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  • Rose

    What about a nutritional Verve energy drink. It is healthier than the ones here on the list.

  • Kat

    Xs Energy drinks is sold in 82 countries and territories!!!! BEST stuff:):)

  • lachlan robinson

    cool

  • besi

    then where is Hype in this list? I am surprising why Hype is not in US market. who can answer me?

  • ted

    It’s not in the list because it isn’t one of the top selling drinks. There are a lot of good drinks that didn’t make the list. It’s based on dollar sales not how well someone likes it or how it tastes.

  • Raymond Q

    Try Robust Energy it taste way better than Red Bull. Launched in US just a few months ago.

  • dakota holt

    i think xs should be secound behind red bull just my oppinion

  • diana

    i hate every energy drink

  • Anis Rajani

    check out the new energy drink in world market WILDCAT ENERGY DRINKS, next brand to watch out for in my opinion

  • arif

    Tasted that wild cat. It was wicked!!!

  • Yvette

    I’m not surprised by the “Top Selling Energy Drink Brands” chart; What it took to “quit” drinking the stuff was RED BULL but the other stuff like AMP, Hype (which is sold in 7-Eleven stores which I’ve last seen them sold in Canada), and Rockstar were MY top fixes, back in the day.

  • msw19

    agree on the XS – best energy drink out there i think hands down

  • Matt Cohen

    I still think Wave Energy Drink is the best! I have tried them all and Wave rocks! I only wish they had more flavors.

  • sourabh bhatt

    cool and tasty

  • Jon

    I can’t believe that Redbull is more popular than MONSTER when MONSTER has far many more flavors. Also, to be perfectly blunt, MONSTER is just better. Even Rockstar is better than Redbull.

  • ted

    It doesn’t matter which one tastes better, it’s who has the best marketing… 🙂

  • Luke

    Relentless Energy drinks are the best but mainly sold in UK. Amazing taste and many different flavours plus it’s 500ml cans so good value for money compared to Red Bull and a stronger effect. I hope they will expand so the rest of the world can see how good they are.

  • Nero

    Recently i tried this ED called unupower taste very nice and way cheaper than big brands seems to be selling good in my area (NorthLondon)

  • teddy steven

    wow thats amazing

  • dljaking

    think fast & up tastes better than all these “bubblegummy” energy things like Redbull for ex.

Last Modified: March 14, 2016

References

  • 1. 2013 Data is from the top brands per, latest 52 week period, Total U.S. Multi-Outlet w/ C-Store (Supermarkets, Drugstores, Mass Market Retailers, Gas/C-Stores, Military Commissaries and Select Club & Dollar Retail Chains) provided by "IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm (@iriworldwide)".
  • 2. 2014 and 2015 Data is from IRI covering a 52 week period ending November 2, 2014 and March 22, 2015; based on USA sales only and some retailers not reporting.
  • 3. Prior to 2013 the data was compiled from data published by beverage industry insider Bevnet.com