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Energy Drinks Up, Boost Retail

Energy drink dollar sales grew 14.6% to $1.9 billion in U.S. food, drug and mass channels for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 2, compared to the prior year, according to SymphonyIRI Group, the Chicago-based market research firm. Energy drinks were about 5% of total beverage sales and 8% of beverage profits for the last six months of 2012 for Niemann Foods’ 40 County Market-banner stores, based in Quincy, Ill.

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