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Anheuser-Busch InBev's Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider

Category - Cider, 5.5% abv 

Available - From 7 April, in 12-ounce glass bottles with a twist-off cap in six-packs and 12-packs, and sold individually in 16oz and 25oz cans. 

Location - US, off- and on-trade; draught distribution starting this summer 

Price - Will vary by state and retailer 

Anheuser-Busch InBev has confirmed details of a major new cider launch into the fast-expanding segment in the US. 

Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider, with an abv of 5.5%, will launch into US stores on 7 April. A draught launch will follow in the summer, the company said today (20 March). Just-drinks first revealed details of the launch last November

Adam Oakley, VP of 'high-end' at Anheuser-Busch, said the new drink is a "balance of sweetness and intensity with a refreshing crisp apple bite". He claimed Johnny Appleseed is "unlike any other hard cider on the market today."

A-B InBev said it tested the brand with around  750 consumers aged between 21 and 34 from the US, Canada and the UK to help with its taste profile and packaging.

Earlier today, Heineken revealed it is releasing two new variants of its Stongbow cider brand in the US

Meanwhile, MillerCoors has also launched a major new cider in the US this month - Smith & Forge. 

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