Energy ingredients give it a shot

Sports-supplement growth is is up more than eight per cent for 2007, its biggest growth since 2003, according to Nutrition Business Journal. And the energy sector is positively off the charts, thanks to new ingredients and new applications. Energy shots have taken the Red Bull-style stimulant drinks to a whole new level. And Red Bull is about to get in that game.

"We frequently hear from manufacturers that are developing condition-specific products and are looking for specific ingredients with focused benefits."

— Mike Bush, vice president, business development, Ganeden Biotech

"Red Bull as the category leader in energy drinks has realized that the shot market is more then just a fad and that the category is set to experience huge growth as people look toward convenience and smaller volume packaging," says Mark J Tallon, PhD, founder and chief science officer of UK-based NutriSciences consultancy. "With the launch expected in the first quarter of 2009, and hitting shelves in North America first, followed by the EU, it should make for exciting times for this innovative leader."

The market is already estimated at $100 million and expected to cap at $500 million over the coming years, Tallon says.

Non-stimulant energizers are also playing it big. Vitamin Water packs its energizer drink with ribose, which cut its teeth as a valuable compound for speeding up heart patient recover after surgery.

"Most manufacturers have chosen the energy and performance benefits," says Kathy Lund, vice president of marketing and sales for the ribose ingredient division at Bioenergy Life Science. "We have a lot of research on both cardio and energy applications. Energy is a broader market and in high demand."

Ribose is found in every living cell, which gives consumers a high level of confidence in using it, Lund says. "The biochemistry behind ribose makes it very appealing to manufacturer's since it not only has been well researched and tested, but most importantly consumers will feel the difference."

Carnitine is also finding a home in energy drinks. It is another ingredient with wide-ranging benefits in helping muscles.

"All our current and new ingredients will fall under a health platform. Our approach is consultative in nature — what health trends are growing, which have the most potential for future growth, etc. — so organising our product offering in this way, as opposed to a laundry list of ingredients, helps to facilitate the discussion with our customers."

— Pam Stauffer, global communications manager, Cargill Health & Nutrition

"Lonza has been very successful in marketing Carnipure in the energy beverage, sports-performance and recovery, and weight management markets," says Kevin Owen, PhD, Lonza's NAFTA head of technical marketing and scientific affairs. "Its success in energy products, coupled with the rise in the energy beverage market, has provided a very nice market for Carnipure."

Alpha-GPC is a relative newcomer to the field, and is one of those ingredients with a wide multiple health benefits, as the "c" stands for choline, a decent cognitive ingredient. But sports nutrition is its more natural home.

"Sports nutrition continues to offer excitement in terms of category growth and speed to market, relative to basic nutritional supplements," says Scott Hagerman, president, Chemi Nutra & Chemi Pharma. "Chemi Nutra has done very well with both SerinAid PS and AlphaSize A-GPC in the sports-nutrition category, partly because we continue to invest in research in this area and partly because we promote our ingredients products heavily in this area."

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