Carlsberg has launched an alcohol-free beer in Sweden in a fresh move it hopes will revitalise flagging beer sales in the Scandinavian market.

A spokesperson for Carlsberg Sweden said the launch of a 0.5% ABV Carlsberg was a response to demand for lower alcohol beer, especially to drink alongside meals.

She said Carlsberg believed its distribution muscle in Sweden would boost sales of the beer, which is competing against the Norrlandsguld brand, the low-alcohol offering of Swedish brewer Spendrups.

"We have worked hard on making the beer trendy and developing its taste (and) we have seen an enormous response from consumers," she told just-drinks today (26 May).

The launch of the alcohol-free beer was the latest example of Carlsberg using innovation to try to boost sales, she added. "There is very strong interest in all types of speciality beer because the overall market has been flat for a long while."

Carlsberg also recently launched a low-calorie beer in Sweden and in March unveiled DraughtMaster, its home brewing kit to encourage home consumption.