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    A-B and Hansen Strike Distribution Deal

    Monster, Lost and Rumba energy drinks will be distributed through A-B wholesalers in select markets

    CORONA, Calif.--Hansen Natural Corporation and Anheuser-Busch Inc. have finalized agreements following which Anheuser-Busch wholesalers will become distributors of Hansen’s Monster Energy and Lost Energy drinks, Rumba energy juice drinks and additional Hansen energy brands.

    Monster, Lost and Rumba are currently distributed by Hansen in the United States through a network of beer and liquor distributors and soft drink bottlers. Hansen will transition distribution of Monster and Lost Energy drinks and Rumba energy juice as well as the additional energy brand to select Anheuser-Busch wholesalers in markets to be designated by Hansen. The transition process is expected to begin in the near future and will continue over the next year.

    “Anheuser-Busch has a first-class distribution system that will enable Hansen to expand availability and improve the presence of our products across all channels, particularly in areas where our brands have historically been under-represented,” said Rodney C. Sacks, chairman and chief executive officer of Hansen Natural Corporation. “We look forward to working together to build on the success of our Monster, Lost and Rumba energy brands and we intend to continue to evaluate additional opportunities with Anheuser-Busch.”

    According to the press release, these agreements will broaden Anheuser-Busch’s participation in the fast-growing and profitable energy drink category and will bring popular energy drink brands into the portfolios of Anheuser-Busch wholesalers, further strengthening their businesses. In return, the agreements will result in Hansen energy drinks reaching more consumers through Anheuser-Busch’s strong network of independent wholesalers.

    “We pride ourselves on innovation and will not limit ourselves to malt beverages in offering exciting new products for our wholesalers and consumers,” said Anheuser-Busch Inc. President August A. Busch IV. “We recognized the potential of this category when we launched our own energy drink, 180, in 2001. These agreements bring value to Anheuser-Busch, Hansen, our wholesalers and our retailers. They allow us to expand our business in this thriving category through our world-class network of wholesalers.”

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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