Spotlight: Shots

52 Weeks through 8/7/2011

Here’s a tale of three behemoths: one, 5-Hour Energy,continues to roam the energy shot category like a T-Rex, towering above all other competition. Meanwhile, Red Bull has pulled out, despite pulling in nearly $30 million last year and building what had been a solid second-place brand. Still in the game, however, is Hansen’s, whose CEO,Rodney Sacks, recently reaffirmed the Monster-maker’s commitment to Worx Energy, which is growing quickly into the category. Meanwhile, other established companies continue to find the climb to shot respectability a steep one: NOS, Rockstar, AriZona are all seeing big reversals.