PepsiCo is set to unveil the apple-infused Pepsi Max Chill in Sweden, one of a handful of international markets in which it will launch the line extension.

Pepsi Sweden marketing manager Fredrik Hjalmers told just-drinks that the US soft drinks giant is looking to tap into growing demand for no-sugar carbonates in Sweden.

"No-sugar is seeing growing development in Sweden and product innovation is very important to us to help grow our business," Hjalmers said today (27 March).

Danish brewing giant Carlsberg has handled the production and distribution of the PepsiCo portfolio in Sweden since 2001.

A spokesperson for Carlsberg Sweden said sales volumes of Pepsi Max had leapt 46% last year, closing the gap on category leader Coca-Cola Light.

Pepsi Max accounts for 31.7% of no-sugar cola sales in Sweden. Coca-Cola Light enjoys a category share of 43.1%.

The Carlsberg Sweden spokesperson declined to release figures for PepsiCo's share of the country's entire carbonates market.