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The founders of Swedish cider brand Kopparberg have launched an “alcohol-infused sparkling water” brand in the UK’s retail sector to capitalise on the growth of low-sugar drinks. Balans, which comes in mandarin and lime flavours, is produced in a similar way to cider, fermented from an apple-juice base to break down sugar into alcohol, which provides a “low-calorie alcohol base”.

A mix of apple juice and cane sugar are added after fermentation alongside natural fruit flavourings. The 4% ABV RTD cans will go on sale in Asda for a 12-week trial period from 7 February, and in Tesco from 1 April.

RRP: £1.70 per 250ml can, or £5 for four.

Contact: Kopparberg UK,

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