Gap in the market sees Aspall Cyder launch in can format

ASPALL Cyder has unveiled a new ‘super premium’ cider in a 330ml can in a bid to grow its reach to new consumers and occasions.

The launch marks the first Aspall product in a 330ml can, with it boasting a ‘sleek’ and ‘stylish’ design that is ‘convenient’ to pick up and enjoy during social occasions over the summer months – with it available in four and 10-can multipacks.

Can formats currently make up two-thirds (67%) of cider sales, but the Aspall team said it has identified a gap in the market for a super premium canned cider – saying it brings ‘a more sophisticated’ alternative to larger cider can formats currently available on the market to attract a broader range of consumers.

Having ran trials among both traditional cider drinkers and ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktail fans, the brand found 63% of consumers that would usually drink RTD cocktails said they would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ purchase Aspall Crisp Apple Cyder.

Stuart Ayre, marketing controller for cider at Molson Coors Beverage Company, said, “Cider is a popular drink over the summer as consumers look for something refreshing to enjoy during the warmer weather across multiple occasions. Our new Aspall Crisp Apple Cyder is light and refreshing, retaining the distinctive flavour qualities of our 300-year-old Aspall brand, whilst broadening its appeal to new consumers, in new drinking occasions through an accessible format, lower ABV and crisp finish.

“More people are looking towards cider in cans but there’s a gap in the market for a super premium option. Aspall Crisp Apple Cyder is perfectly placed to tap into that opportunity, offering a more sophisticated option for consumers to pick up and enjoy. Early consumer research showed that the product appealed to both existing cider drinkers and consumers that would usually drink RTD cocktails, so we’re confident that it can increase the category’s penetration and appeal to a wider range of consumers.

“Aspall is known for its commitment to cyder made finer, and Aspall Crisp Apple Cyder ticks all the boxes. Feedback from consumers so far shows that they love the taste and the premium feel of the cans, so we’re confident that it will be a hit.”