Energy drink advice to grow sales

The stimulants segment offers a huge chance for retailers to drive sales. So, let’s take a closer look at the world of energy drinks, including top merchandising tips for you to maximise sales in your store and an FAQ

Reading time: 5 minutes

Energy drinks are booming. So much so that it has become the biggest category in convenience in the last two years, worth £698 million[1]. It also represents a strong trade-up opportunity for the category with stimulants having 30% higher average price per litre than the average soft drinks average[2].

Energy Drinks FAQ

At the moment, stimulant drinks are largely consumed by young, male shoppers[3]. Although there is plenty of room for additional growth by appealing to more consumers, as stimulant drinks currently only have 9.1% penetration[4]. Nine out of 10 shoppers say taste is the most important consideration when buying a soft drink[5] - another area where energy products can excel. Stock a varied selection to help pique interest, generate excitement in the category and raise further awareness for energy drinks.


The link between sugar content and stimulants drinks is a potential barrier to entry in the category for many. Stocking low or no sugar energy variants will help retailers appeal to a wider audience and, if your store is impacted, allow you to comply with HFSS legislation. Brands are making changes to ensure energy drinks can retain visibility in store – last year Rockstar reduced the sugar in its core range of energy drinks, making the six bestsellers HFSS compliant.

According to Mintel, consumers are demanding food and drink solutions that help them optimise their mental performance at work, home and play[1]. This is where energy drinks, with a focus on functional or nutritional benefits, can win. As the needs of energy drink shoppers evolves, retailers should consider developing their offering away from just stimulants, giving enough space on the fixture to growing brands in natural energy such as Purdey’s to appeal to these individuals and support them to live a more naturally energised and balanced lifestyle.

[1] Mintel Global Food and Drink Trends, 2023

Key Energy Facts & Figures


extra was put through tills in 2022 from sports and energy drinks


is the amount of extra annual sales energy drinks could add per store by 2025

Top tips for merchandising energy drinks

Easy to Navigate

The soft drinks sector is vast and ever-growing, and stimulant energy drinks are also the largest category in impulse[7]. It’s important that your drinks chiller is clearly located and signposted for consumers. Lead with the stimulants drinks first due to the growing interest in the segment. Merchandise all stimulants together and lead with major products such as Red Bull and Monster, supported with brands such as Rockstar to appeal to more people. List a mix of core ranges and flavours as we know that new variants can help to bring in additional customers. Compliment this with POS to drive footfall to your soft drink selection.

Dual sites for energy

A massive 41% of convenience store shoppers claim to buy a product because they have seen it highlighted on a gondola end[8]. So, when dealing with a category in demand such as energy drinks, placing stimulants in high footfall secondary locations can ensure they are as visible to as many as possible.

Connect complimentary categories

Building offers and promotions with soft drinks around complimentary categories, such as crisps or snacks, can be a great way to boost sales. Think of what deals you can create to meet the needs of key energy consumption occasions – for example, meal deal variations around morning, lunchtime, and the afternoon snacking opportunity. Meal deals are also exempt from HFSS regulations, so can allow you to showcase your full product range to shoppers.  

Tap into memorable moments

Generate excitement amongst shoppers and encourage impulse purchases by making the most of stimulant brand campaigns, such as Rockstar’s Xbox on-pack promotion that ran in 2022. Think about other calendar dates that could see a spike in energy drink demand. There’s a strong correlation with video game players and energy drink consumption – is there a major game launch you can highlight in store? Fresher’s Week is another moment on the stimulants calendar, whilst big shopping occasions in the lead up to Christmas is another time people are looking for a little boost during the day.

Britvic Suggests...

If you have room for three lines from Rockstar, we recommend retailers lead with the core range of Original and flavours such as any of the following:

  • Blueberry, Pomegranate & Acai
  • Rockstar Original
  • El Mango
  • Watermelon & Kiwi

These represent the must-stocks for retailers and are all available in the popular big can format (500ml).


[1] IRI – Total Convenience – Total Stimulants Britvic Defined – Value Sales – 52WE 23.10.22 

[2] IRI – Total Convenience – Total Stimulants Britvic Defined – Value Sales – 52WE 23.10.22 

[3] Kantar Worldpanel, Usage Panel, Take Home/Carried-out, Britvic-defined Stimulants sector, 52 w.e. 07.08.22, users are 72% male vs 38.2% for total soft drinks, over indexing with 25 - 44 year olds. 

[4] Kantar Worldpanel, OOH Purchase Panel, Convenience, Stimulants sector, Britvic Defined, Penetration %, 52wks, Data to w.e. 30.10.22

[5] Independent research commissioned by Britvic, Shopper attitudes to on-the-go shopping, 2,000 shoppers surveyed, July 2021

[6] Mintel Global Food and Drink Trends, 2023

[7] IRI – Total Convenience – Total Stimulants Britvic Defined – Value Sales – 52WE 23/10/22 vs YA

[8] IGD April – June 2022 (weighted base 775

[9] IRI – Total Convenience – Total Stimulants Immediate Consumption PMP – Value Sales of PMP as a % of Total Stimulants IC Value Sales – 52WE 26/06/22 vs 52WE 27/06/21.

Sign up today

Together, we'll help you save time, reduce costs and build your business.

Register Now