The first domestically-produced energy sports drink has been launched in India.

The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (Amul), the largest food marketing organisation in India, has unveiled 'Stamina' to compete alongside brands like market leader Red Bull and Effect. Unlike other carbonated energy drinks, Stamina is a whey-based protein product.

J. Rajan, the zonal manager (South) of Amul, said 'Stamina' would be available in a lime & lemon flavour at INR12 (US$0.27) for a 200 ml tetra-pack.

In a unique marketing move, Amul has tied up with leading healthcare chain Apollo Hospitals to endorse the drink.

The entry of Amul into the energy drinks sector is expected to have a positive effect on energy drink prices in India, which currently hover around INR75 for a 330ml can.