Molson Coors buys UK rights to Rekorderlig cider brand

Molson Coors UK has announced the acquisition of ‘Rekorderlig UK’ from Manchester-based Chilli Marketing Brands Ltd. The acquisition gives Molson Coors UK the exclusive rights in the on- and off-trade to distribute, sell and market the full Rekorderlig portfolio across the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Rekorderlig UK will operate as part of the Molson Coors UK group of businesses and its employees will continue to lead sales and marketing operations for the Rekorderlig portfolio. Both the brand and the people complement the Molson Coors UK business, bringing considerable knowledge of the cider category and expertise in growing premium brands in the UK market.

Rekorderlig is a premium cider brand in strong growth in the UK market and this acquisition is another milestone in Molson Coors UK’s commitment to invest for growth by creating greater choice for customers and consumers.

Premium fruit packaged cider is a category which is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, outperforming the broader alcohol market for the last five years, and accounting for four percent of the beer and cider market. Now worth £2.7 billion, the cider market is expected to grow to £3.7bn by 2018.

Following the recent addition of Staropramen, the Rekorderlig brand will join Molson Coors UK’s premium portfolio, contributing to the continued strong performance and growth plans for the wider premium category.

Frederic Landtmeters Managing Director for Molson Coors UK & Ireland, comments, “Molson Coors is a recognised brand-builder with a successful track record of brand partnerships across the world. Rekorderlig has demonstrated incredible success in the cider category and we will look to invest in Rekorderlig UK and the brand to fuel incremental growth and category development.

'We are committed to the ‘Beautifully Swedish’ philosophy and values of the Rekorderlig brand and want to preserve the unique culture and special appeal that the brand has with cider drinkers.”

Rekorderlig Cider will continue to be brewed at the cider’s family owned fourth generation brewery in Vimmerby, Sweden, where it has been brewed since its first creation in 1999.