Xyience introduces Jones collector can, advises not to mix with alcohol

July 19, 2011

Xyience, the official energy drink of the UFC, announced the launch of its second in a series of its collector cans, this time featuring light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. In addition, the back of the can will caution that the drink not be mixed with alcohol.

Via Xyience:

XYIENCE’s powerful affiliation with the UFC is a contributing factor to its year over year sales growth that checks in at a more than 38 percent increase. John Lennon, XYIENCE’s president, says that approximately half of that growth is due to the expansion of XYIENCE’s distribution network.  “The strength of our partnership with the UFC and its athletes, like Jones, has had a favorable impact on our sales,” says Lennon. The full-size energy drink category is up 13.4 percent in the past 52 week period, ending May 15.

Along with Jones’ image, XYIENCE has made another addition to its packaging, one that it feels will further validate its position as the energy drink of choice for athletes and active adults. “We are including a recommendation on the back of the can advising consumers not to mix Xenergy with alcohol,” Lennon says.

Lennon goes on to explain that unlike some of its competitors, who specifically target teenage energy drinkers, XYIENCE is reaching out to a different demographic. “XYIENCE targets a young, upscale adult consumer leading a healthy active lifestyle, and Xenergy supports his or her way of life in a very authentic way. It is sugar- and calorie-free, with a moderate amount of caffeine- as much as a cup of coffee,” Lennon says. “So its sustained energy without the calories.”

The collector cans will be available September 1, 2011.

Payout Perspective:

An interesting strategy by Xyience to distance itself from the recreational drinker (Red Bull and vodka anyone?) and focus on the young, active adult. It markets itself as the “pick me up for the health club.” Perhaps not the pick up drink at the night club. Indirectly, it is a public service announcement warning against drinking. Of course, there will be those that will try Xyience with Vodka(or alcohol of choice) just because.

[UPDATE] Another reason why Xyience may have included its recommendation is to distinguish its brand from Four Loko, a controversial energy drink that has been banned in states and is receiving scrutiny in others for the potential health risks associated with the drink. Xyience’s recommendation on the can may also ward off any potential investigation by state AGs that may group the energy drinks together.

It appears that the Xyience-UFC relationship has helped Xyience sales and the growing popularity of the UFC and its stars like Jones can only mean continued growth for Xyience.

6 Responses to “Xyience introduces Jones collector can, advises not to mix with alcohol”

  1. Shawn on July 20th, 2011 12:19 AM

    Four locos s taste like shit and people who drink that shit abuse it by mixing in voda and bacardi to make them more powerful I drink yag with blue monster enegery and im fine people always do stupid shit and always will but go for jonny bones jones

  2. Machiel Van on July 20th, 2011 7:33 AM

    Four Loko (yes it is spelled that way) is like carbonated cough syrup, so it would definitely be good to distance their product’s image from that brand. Ironically, Xyience is a great tasting mixer for drinks, but real men drink Scotch anyways :P

  3. Machiel Van on July 20th, 2011 7:35 AM

    I’d like to get more information on Xyience’s distribution strategy. I really like the drinks, but they’re very hard to find in Sacramento. It’s always seemed like an under-marketed product.

  4. Jason Cruz on July 20th, 2011 8:35 AM

    Corrected spelling. Thanks MV.

  5. Machiel Van on July 20th, 2011 11:21 AM

    Jason,

    Do you feel that the Xyience brand is somewhat mismanaged? It seems like it could be much more high-profile (and more widely distributed), but I might be blinded by my fondness for their products.

  6. Simco on July 21st, 2011 12:54 PM

    Four Loko is redistributed nationally now with a new formula (as of December 2010).

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