Nuun® Expands the Availability of Nuun Sport Into Canada
August 7, 2019
Leading Canadian Retailers and Events Now Offering Renovated Flagship Sports Hydration Line with Improved Performance, Experience and Packaging
Seattle, WA August 7, 2019– Nuun, the best-selling sports drink supplement brand in sport specialty and natural foods retailers in North America and the most-served sports hydration product on-course in Canada, is now offering their renovated flagship product line with improved performance, consumer experience and packaging across the provinces. The line is now called Sport, and it replaces the product lines in Canada previously named Active and Boost. Upgrades include cleaner ingredients, optimized electrolyte profile, improved taste, reduced dissolve time and streamlined branding and packaging. The line is also now certified Non-GMO Project, Kosher and Informed-Sport.
“At Nuun we often ask ourselves, ‘If we started over today, how would we do it?’ ” shared Kevin Rutherford, Nuun President and CEO. “This growth mindset has led our team to achieve extraordinary impact, and it is the approach we took when challenging ourselves to improve the product that launched the Nuun brand over 15 years ago. We believe Nuun Sport is the new benchmark in the ‘better for you’ and ‘better for the planet’ sports and natural hydration categories. And, we are thrilled to bring this product to our remarkable retail and events partners up north.”
Designed by athletes for optimal hydration before, during and after workouts and activity, Nuun Sport replaces the Nuun Active and Boost lines in Canada with cleaner ingredients that work better for the body. The line was previously plant-based, free of artificial ingredients, vegan and gluten free. Now, Nuun Sport has additionally earned Non-GMO Project, Kosher and Informed-Sport third party verifications, alongside the complete Nuun line-up.
The performance of Nuun Sport has also been improved utilizing the latest in exercise physiology with an optimized electrolyte profile, in precise dosages of all five electrolytes. “We added chloride to the electrolyte profile given its role in fluid transport and electrolyte balance together with sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium,” added Vishal Patel, Nuun Senior Research and Development Manager. “To maximize water absorption, we also updated the sodium and potassium values to achieve the ideal ratio of two to one.”
Enhanced consumer experience was also a key innovation goal with Nuun Sport. Blind taste test research was conducted with current users and non-users of Nuun to validate the achievement of improved taste across all thirteen flavors. The flavor and sweetness in Nuun Sport is derived from Non-GMO natural flavors and high quality stevia leaf extract. In addition, the Nuun Sport flavors with caffeine, previously named Boost, include 40mg of organic green tea extract. With the refinement of ingredients, the Nuun team was also able to reduce the dissolve time allowing consumers to enjoy the product sooner.
“Nuun Sport offered us the opportunity to update the branding and packaging across all of our products,” said Arielle Knutson, Nuun Vice President of Marketing. “Consumers will more easily be able to choose what Nuun is right for them from our current and future lines of hydration products while recognizing their favorite flavors.”
The Sport line is offered in 13 flavors, four caffeinated, and comes in 10-tablet recyclable tubes, providing ‘keep it in your bag’ convenience so consumers can add Nuun’s delicious hydration to their reusable water bottles anywhere, anytime. Nuun Sport’s average retail price is $9.99 per tube, ~$.99 per serving. Beginning this fall, the product will also be sold in a co-branded 4-pack in partnership with the Canada Running Series with flavors selected by the Canada running community.
Nuun Sport is now available at sports specialty, natural foods and grocery retailers across Canada including MEC, Running Room, Sport Chek and Whole Foods, and available online at Nuun Canada. The line is served on-course at and is the official hydration sponsor of major mass participation events like the Canada Running Series, Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada Army Run, lululemon athletica’s SeaWheeze™ Half Marathon, RUNVAN®, Run Calgary Series and MEC Race Series.
About Nuun & Company
Nuun is a hydration company with the mission of inspiring more movement for happier, healthier lives. Nuun electrolyte tablets and powders provide functional hydration products optimized for exercise, daily health, travel and immune support. Clean and Non-GMO Project verified ingredients, a refreshing taste and low sugar make Nuun a favorite amongst active consumers. Nuun products, like their tablets in their distinctive, colorful tubes, are convenient to carry and add to water, and are better for the environment than traditional bottled sports drinks. Consumers adding Nuun tablets to their reusable water bottles helped save the shipping of over 100 million pounds of water in 2018 alone. 15-year-old Nuun is the #1 selling sports drink supplement brand in running, cycling, outdoor and natural foods stores. The Seattle based company’s culture and mission have been recognized by Outside Magazine, who named Nuun to its’ 2017 and 2018 ‘Best Places to Work’ lists. To learn more, visit www.nuunlife.com or follow them at @nuunhydration and #nuunlife.