Kopparberg Cider is made by Kopparberg Breweries in the town of Kopparberg in central Sweden. Established in 1882, the brewery is family owned and is the main employer for the tiny town of just 4,000 people. Kopparberg Breweries AB is Sweden's largest cider brewing company.
UK & C.O.S. brands
Kopparberg's cider was introduced in 2003 to the UK by B O Times1 Limited with the Pear and Apple variants. Between 2003 and 2007 listings with Pub Groups like Wetherspoons were achieved but with great difficulty as cider was not as fashionable as it is today in the UK. As the Brewery had made it a "policy of not having contracts" with distributors in various countries it was relatively easy to take over the already established accounts and take the brand to the next level. With this view, Cider of Sweden Ltd. (C.O.S. Brands) was established as a joint venture between the CEO and The Irish Drinks Magnate, Barry Connelly.
Originally launched in apple and pear cider variations, non-alcoholic pear cider and cider with mixed fruit were added in late 2007. It is now available in 10 variants (Pear, Apple, Mixed Fruit, Strawberry & Lime, Elderflower & Lime, Naked Apple, Alcohol Free Pear Cider, and Alcohol Free Mixed Fruit Cider, plus Summer Fruits and Winter Fruits which are only sold in pubs and bars).
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