Internship at Carlsberg Group
: Carlsberg Cider recipe mapping and optimization

  • Afonso Diogo de Oliveira Campos Costa Couto (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Carlsberg Cider is currently present in 70 markets, and they have dozens of production sites across the world. Carlsberg Cider mainly started in 2008 with the launch of Cider 1, where all the markets that started to produce this product, did not ferment the alcoholic cider base themselves but received purchased the wine base (terminology used by the company for the alcoholic beverage used to prepare Carlsberg Cider) produced by Supplier 1, (which is a global producer, market, and supplier of natural based ingredients), resulting in a cider that even when produced in different places it showed limited differences between them. With the increased interest in Carlsberg Cider, more countries markets joined and in order to save cost these breweries started producing the apple compound 1 wine base themselves. Later on, some breweries decide to use a beer base instead of an apple wine base and this resulted in beverages that tasted similar to the cider but with clear beer notes. These beverages are called beer drinks, not ciders. For the Cider 1 variant, the wine base can vary significantly between different production sites due to differences in ingredients and process, which ultimately results in taste differences. Carlsberg aims to be as uniform as possible for Cider 1, given that the taste is very successful. For this reason, it is very important to understand the differences in the wine and beer base, process, and the impact on the taste. This project aimed to obtain Cider 1 from as many production centers as possible and collect information on ingredients and the production process. Furthermore, the samples were subjected to chemical and sensory analysis to understand more deeply the differences in flavor and flavor compounds. At the end of the study, reasons for these differences were found and recommendations were made on how we can produce Carlsberg Cider more evenly across the world.
Date of Award22 Dec 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorHentie Swiegers (Supervisor)


  • Chemical analysis
  • Apple wine
  • Sensory analysis
  • Apple cider
  • Recipes
  • Ready to drink “RTD”
  • Alcoholic drink


  • Mestrado em Engenharia Alimentar

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