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Nigerian Boxer KSI’s Prime Energy Drink Set to Break $1.2 Billion Sales Record

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According to Yahoo Finance, Prime, the energy and hydration drink brand co-founded by Nigerian boxer KSI and American social media star Logan Paul, is on track to surpass $1.2 billion in annual sales this year.

The company has been investing heavily in marketing strategies to attract more customers, especially in the sports and entertainment. Prime has secured lucrative sponsorship deals with prominent entities like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, and English Premier League football club Arsenal.

The brand has also enlisted athlete endorsements, including ice hockey star Auston Matthews and Swiss footballer Alisha Lehmann.

KSI and Paul have been actively promoting Prime at events and through their extensive social media presence, where they collectively boast hundreds of millions of followers across various platforms.

“We have this thing called the cell phone that lets us reach every corner of the globe. We’d love to have our footprint in every country,” Paul said.

“We never expected to be as big as it has become. I know people who don’t know me or Logan. They know Prime,” KSI added.

Prime has witnessed steady growth since its debut in January 2022, achieving $250 million in sales within its first year.

The eye-catching, candy-coloured bottles caused quite a stir upon their release, with shortages in Europe leading to in-store stampedes, counterfeit products, and exorbitant prices in the resale market.

Some schools even went as far as banning empty bottles, considering them a distraction.

Today, the brand has secured a significant presence in the beverage market, competing alongside established names like PepsiCo Inc.’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola Co.’s Powerade.

Prime products can be found on the shelves of major retailers such as Walmart Inc., Target Corp., and Kroger Co.

Prime is a profitable venture that does not require additional funding, even as the company’s executives continue pursuing more marketing deals.

The brand operates under the umbrella of Congo Brands, a product development firm based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Congo Brands collaborates with influencers and manages Alani Nu, a wellness line offering drinks and supplements.

KSI and Paul’s latest marketing endeavour is hosting 48-hour pop-up stores in New York and London in November.

These events will feature extravagant prize contests, including limited-edition merchandise and the chance to win $500,000 gold Prime bottles. The duo founded the company in January 2022.

Olajide Olayinka Williams “JJ” Olatunji, professionally known as KSI, is a multi-talented English Internet personality, professional boxer, and musician.

He is the CEO of Misfits Boxing and is co-owner of various ventures, including Prime Hydration, XIX Vodka, Sidemen Clothing, and a restaurant chain called Sides.

KSI’s rise to fame began in 2009 when he established his primary YouTube channel. He initially gained recognition by creating gaming commentary videos centred around the FIFA series.

Over time, his content diversified to encompass vlogs and comedy-style videos. As of October 2022, KSI boasts a massive online following, with over 41 million subscribers and 10 billion video views across his three YouTube channels.

Prime is not the only energy drink brand making waves in the global market. According to a report by Mordor Intelligence, the global energy drink market size is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.1% from 2023 to 2028, reaching $86.01 billion by 2028.

Some of the key players in the market include Red Bull GmbH, Monster Beverage Corporation, Rockstar Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and PepsiCo Inc.

Prime aims to differentiate itself from the competition by offering a unique blend of natural ingredients, vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants that provide energy and hydration without artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives.

The company also claims its products are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Prime hopes to inspire its consumers to live a healthy and active lifestyle while having fun and enjoying the taste of its drinks.

Source: Nairametrics

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