C&C Group has declined to comment further on reports claiming that it is looking to expand its Magners cider brand to the Nordic markets.

Speaking after the company's annual general meeting in Dublin yesterday (1 September), group CEO John Dunsmore said the company was looking specifically at Sweden and Finland as market for growth within the next three years, according to reports.

A spokesperson for the company however, told just-drinks today that the two countries were both "natural" places to look, but dismissed any immediate plans.

"Finland is a big cider market and it seems a logical place to expand, but the company has just bought Tennent's and it has a lot on its hands to deal with," the spokesperson said. "There are no immediate plans."

When asked about possible expansion plans in the US, with the possibility of introducing more cider-related products, the spokesperson said it was "looking at lots of options".

C&C Group announced last week that it would buy Anheuser-Busch InBev's brewing assets in Scotland, Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland, including Tennent's lager, for GBP180m (US$292m).

For Ireland-based C&C Group, the deal represents a significant broadening of its portfolio, injecting a fresh revenue stream amid ongoing difficulties in the firm's core cider business.