Failure Case Study: Powerade Energy – the Risk of Targeting an Unverified Need

Failure Case Study: Powerade Energy – the Risk of Targeting an Unverified Need


Brand guardians can significantly benefit from developing an in-depth understanding of the reasons for the success or failure of new product launches or marketing campaigns. This study explores why Powerade Energy failed to build market share in the UK, leading to its withdrawal only two years after being introduced to great fanfare as a solution to the perceived dual energy needs of consumers.


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Reasons To Buy

Why is Powerade Energy considered an interesting case of failure?

What consumer insight underpins the failure of Powerade Energy?

Which consumer trends has Powerade Energy failed to capitalize on?

What can I learn from Powerade Energy's failure to establish a profitable niche between the very congested energy and sports drinks sectors?

Key Highlights

Powerade Energy was released in the UK in April 2011 by Coca-Cola Enterprises as a solution to what the company described as consumers' dual energy needs – a one-stop product to meet both the need for instant energy (as typified by drinks such as Red Bull, Monster) and sustained performance enhancement typical of sports drinks (e.g. Lucozade).

Powerade Energy's basic message did not resonate with consumers. The idea of a caffeine-based energy drink as fuel for an everyday race proved problematic, given the alternatives and consumer perceptions about potential negatives of normalizing energy drink consumption.

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