WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Sunshine Beverages, a fast-growing beverage company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is expanding west into select markets and has announced a state-wide launch in Colorado. Sunshine Beverages produces, markets and sells a “better-for-you” energy beverage, branded Sunshine, in three refreshing flavors: Ginger Berry, Blueberry Lemonade and Clementine Twist. Sunshine has concentrated new market expansion within the Southeast and introducing distribution in Colorado will be the brand’s first presence in the West.
“Our team has viewed Colorado as a strong affinity market for Sunshine since the product’s inception, and it’s always been part of our larger growth strategy. Colorado is an influencer market with strong and growing demand for products like Sunshine,” says Sunshine President Lizzie Ward.
As part of the western launch, Sunshine has entered into a distribution partnership with New Age Beverages, a Colorado-based organic and natural healthy functional beverage company with a state-wide distribution network.
“New Age is not only a best-in-class distributor, they deeply understand the better-for-you space and the consumers choosing those beverages over traditional offerings,” said Jack Tally, Chief Operating Officer at Sunshine. “Sunshine will begin rolling out in Colorado retail locations with New Age in early 2019.”
Brent Willis, Chief Executive Officer of New Age said, “We turn down almost 10 brands a week looking for New Age to provide them distribution. Sunshine was different with a superior quality and on-trend product, a great management team behind the brand, and a commitment as a company to make a difference with healthier alternatives. We love what Sunshine stands for and are confident that the brand will continue to enjoy great success as it broadens distribution.”
Sunshine is bringing new consumers to the energy drink category with a unique, less extreme take on energy. The brand has experienced rapid growth across the Southeast, where retail sales are up more than 200 percent from last year.
Sunshine introduced the brand to Colorado as the first energy drink sponsor of the Great American Beer Festival in late 2018. The festival is one of the largest and most popular craft beer events in the country and has, historically, not partnered with energy drinks. The GABF team and Brewers Association saw Sunshine as a brand and product that aligned well with attendees.
Sunshine describes their products as “feel good” energy, with a balanced blend of vitamins, electrolytes and organic caffeine; but the factor that sets Sunshine most apart from all other energy drinks is its taste.
“Consumers are looking for a functional beverage that tastes great, not just a quick fix. And that’s what we’ve created.” Ward said. “We say there’s only one way to describe it… Sunshine tastes like sunshine!”
About Sunshine Beverages
Sunshine is a fast-growing beverage company based in Winston-Salem, NC offering better-for-you energy drinks with great sparkling taste and no extreme ingredients. The company’s beverages are available in three delicious flavors—Ginger Berry, Clementine Twist, and Blueberry Lemonade—all of which are packed with vitamins, electrolytes, and organic caffeine to deliver the perfect pick-me-up. In a market overrun with extreme energy drinks, Sunshine is pioneering efforts to redefine the energy category by bringing good energy to consumers with the promise of great taste, no artificial flavors, lower sugars, and 60 calories or less per can. Learn more at drinkthesunshine.com.