How Long Do Unopened Energy Drinks Last?


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6-9 months after date on package


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do unopened energy drinks last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store unopened cans or bottles of energy drinks in a cool, dark area.
  • To extend the shelf life of unopened energy drinks, keep unopened energy drinks away from direct sources of heat or light.
  • How long do unopened energy drinks last at room temperature? Properly stored, unopened energy drinks will generally stay at best quality for about 6 to 9 months after the date on the package when stored at room temperature, although they will usually remain safe to drink after that.
  • Are unopened energy drinks safe to drink after the "expiration" date on the can or bottle? Yes, provided they are properly stored and the can or bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged unopened energy drinks will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the unopened energy drinks will remain at peak quality.
  • Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the unopened energy drinks' color or flavor may change, but in most cases, they will still be safe to consume if they have been stored properly and the can or bottle is not damaged.
  • Discard all energy drinks from cans that are leaking, rusting, bulging or severely dented.
  • How to tell if unopened energy drinks are bad? If unopened energy drinks develop an off odor, flavor or appearance, they should be discarded.

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