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Kopparberg's Brewery (Kopparbergs Bryggeri) is a Swedish brewery and cider company based in Bergslagen.
Kopparberg's is the largest beer and cider brewery in the Bergslagen region of Sweden. Now a publicly quoted company, it was originally founded by a group of small brewers. The Kopparberg's factory was built in 1945 and operated at capacity until 1988 when it was taken over by a Swiss brewery. In 1993, the Swiss owners pulled out of the business, leaving the brewery in the possession of a bank. The brewery was reopened in early 1994 by brothers Peter and Dan-Anders Bronsman who have been running the business since.
Introduction to the UK
Kopparberg's cider was introduced in 2003 to the UK by B O Times1 Limited, after the owner visited Sweden whilst managing the now dissolved band Marlowe. Kopparberg's had previously attempted to launch in partnership with Bulmers but never succeeded in securing a contract.
The Kopparberg's brand is now making headway in the UK and has been nationally available since early 2006. It is marketed and distributed by Cider of Sweden Ltd, a subsidiary of Kopparberg's Brewery, Sweden. Kopparberg Cider is growing in popularity in the UK where it is now stocked by most major UK supermarket and bar groups. Originally launched in Apple and Pear cider variations, Non-Alcoholic Pear Cider and Cider with Mixed Fruit were added in late 2007, followed by Summer and Winter Fruits. A special edition Cherry variety was launched during Wetherspoon's ale festival in 2007 and an Original flavour (different from apple) and an Elderflower & Lime flavour have also since been launched, while, in Spain, a Strawberry flavour has been introduced. Very recently, a Strawberry and Lime flavour was also added to the UK variety.