Energy drinks are a booming industry and there are now more than 2,500 in circulation.
There are so many, you can’t even fit them all into this space.
They’re everywhere, they’re cheap, they come in flavors like grape, raspberry, mango, orange, pineapple and more.
We’re still a ways away from the energy drink boom of the past few decades, and we still don’t know exactly how it all began.
A couple of years ago, I was visiting a couple of friends in Australia, and they showed me a little pamphlet that said: ”If you want to drink energy drinks, go to a bar.”
It said this: Drink energy drinks with your coffee, tea and energy drinks drinks.
Drink energy shots with your espresso, energy drinks in water.
Drink your energy drink.
Drink the energy drinks.
You won’t regret it.”
They were selling the pamphlet for $10.
Now, it’s hard to know how much of that pamphlet was the truth.
The brochure doesn’t mention how many energy drinks are sold in the United States, but there are some estimates, and one recent study found that the total number of energy drinks sold in America is somewhere around 50 million a year.
That’s an awful lot of energy.
It makes me wonder, why don’t we have more of them?
There are other companies selling energy drinks for a lot less money than those that made the pamphlet.
And they are not just being made by the likes of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr Pepper.
Many of the energy brands are made by companies like Dr Pepper and Diet Coke.
These drinks are made in small factories that only produce a small number of bottles, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
But in China, where the world’s largest market, the United Kingdom, dominates the energy market, that is the norm.
For example, PepsiCo sells about 6 million bottles of Diet Coke each year, according the Beverage Marketing Association.
There are also some energy drinks made by others companies, like Diet Coke, which sells about 7 million bottles a year in the U: The Energy Drink Coalition estimates that there are over 500 energy drinks brands sold in China each year.
Some of these companies are bigger, like Dr. Pepper, which makes about 4 million bottles each year and Coca-Colas, which made about 3.5 million bottles in 2012.
These smaller companies make a lot of money.
According to Beverage Management, a trade group that represents energy drinks companies, in 2012 the industry generated $1.1 billion in revenue.
Some companies are actually making more money selling energy products than they are making from their products.
Coca-cola is the world leader in the energy-related beverage market.
It sells more than 30 energy drinks a day, according in the Beverages Council, a marketing and research organization.
Coke, by contrast, sells just 10 per cent of its energy drinks to customers.
Another company, Diet Coke in the UK, makes around 20 per cent energy drinks each year to help support its energy drink division.
In China, companies are also making a lot more money from energy drinks than from the beverages themselves.
An analysis by Beverage Media found that in 2012, the Chinese government had approved about 100,000 energy drinks from domestic manufacturers.
China also has a booming energy drink market, with the country’s total volume of energy drink sales in 2012 surpassing $3 billion, according Beverage Global.
China accounts for the majority of the world market for energy drinks and, as the number of calories a person consumes increases, the amount of energy they drink increases too.
According to Beverages Global, the average energy drink in China is about 12 calories per serving.
This is a lot higher than the average American.
I was drinking a Diet Coke that costs $1 a bottle when I was in Beijing.
Now it’s about $5.
It’s just a shame that these companies have made so much money from their product, but they’re also making it very hard to keep their products in the marketplace.
If you’re going to drink these products, I recommend you drink them responsibly, and do it with caution.
Have you ever tried a product made by someone else?
How did you feel about it?
Do you think that the energy of a company that made that product is worth more than the energy in that bottle?
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