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Woodlands Dairy takes energy concept to milk


Woodlands Dairy, one of the largest dairy manufacturers in South Africa, has launched Kick, a brand-new milk-based energy drink under its First-Choice brand.

First Choice KICK energy milk is a first in SA and is designed as a healthy and tasty alternative to existing drinks. It’s the second interesting innovation out of the Woodland’s stable this year following the earlier launch of a high-protein recovery milk.


One of KICK’s biggest advantages, says Marisa Maccaferri, marketing manager for Woodlands Dairy and First Choice, is its low-fat dairy base, with the added benefits of a healthy snack to satisfy hunger pangs and boost energy at the same time. [Or biggest disadvantage, with much science proving the health benefits of full-cream dairy? – Ed]

“Our energy drink is loaded with all the good stuff that will keep you going, can help you punch a hole in your day, and have a positive impact on your and others’ situation. While the caffeine, sugar, ginseng, guarana, and taurine go to work on you, you are sustained by the goodness of dairy,” Maccaferri explains.

“This is perfect for when you need an extra boost of energy to take you that little further. It contains Vitamin A that is excellent for healthy eyes, maintenance of white blood cells, and the immune system. It’s fortified with B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12), which are essential for the body’s optimal functioning and health. Furthermore, it’s rich in carbohydrates, a key energy source that helps fuel the body and brain.”


A good kick

According to Maccaferri, KICK compares favourably to other energy drinks on the market. “But it’s not on the upper spectrum of sugar and caffeine content. It contains caffeine, guarana, ginseng, and taurine, all designed to give you that much needed, extra boost of energy, promote wakefulness, maintain alertness, and provide cognitive and mood enhancement.

“The calcium aids your body to build and maintain strong bones and muscles and assists your heart and nerves to function properly. We’ve worked hard to maintain the balance between the ‘kick’ and nutrition to assist you to perform at your best.

“There is nothing average about this energy drink. As such, we don’t recommend it to kids under the age of 12, pregnant or lactating mothers and persons who are sensitive to caffeine.”

Maccaferri concludes: “These flavours are both delicious and exciting. The Cranberry is a firm favourite and not bitter or tart, but sweet and almost cherry-like.

“Coffee has a strong coffee aroma and flavour. It contains real coffee extract for an extra caffeine boost that consumers love.

“Once you’ve cracked open the Cinnabomb and given it a good shake, it smells like a delicious pancake. In your mouth, the cinnamon and milk blend together for a sweet milk tart taste.

“And lastly, the Tropical Punch is everything one would expect of a bowl of fruit, passion fruit, banana, and guava, delicious and refreshing at the same time.”

As with most of the First-Choice products, KICK boasts a biobased closure, partly made from natural sugarcane which offers a significantly lower carbon footprint and is a highly renewable source.

The product is available from www.shopfirstchoice.co.za, Checkers Western Cape, and Dischem nationwide.

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