Heineken-owned Desperados has entered the hard seltzer market with the launch of Desperados Alcoholic Sparkling Water in the Netherlands.
Desperados Alcoholic Sparkling Water is made with carbonated alcoholic water, lime and tequila. The new 4.5% abv beverage contains 99 calories and will initially be available in one flavour – Lime Twist – with plans to release more iterations in the future.
Desperados’ global marketing manager, Rutger van der Stegen, said: “We created Desperados Alcoholic Sparkling Water in response to the evolving drinking habits of consumers who are looking for a fruity-yet-fresh beer alternative for any occasion. It is designed to sit alongside our wider product line, giving consumers the choice whether to enjoy an alcohol-free Desperados Virgin 0.0, Desperados Original or Desperados Alcoholic Sparkling Water.”
Last year, Heineken announced the global launch of Desperados Virgin 0.0%.
By Rafaela Sousa
Currently chief executive of GreenV – an international group of companies active in the horticultural sector – van Karnebeek spent a large portion of his career at Heineken, working in commercial, marketing and general management positions. He served as chief commercial officer at the Dutch brewer from 2015 until 2021.
The facility combines the existing Kerry office in Barcelona with a new customer suite and application labs. It will enable the company to work more closely with its customers in Southern Europe to develop food and beverage solutions.
The sweet and culinary flavor creation labs are the latest addition to the company’s expansive campus that has been in operation since 1964, spanning more than 312,150 square feet in Brabrand, Denmark. The innovation hub is home to more than 400 employees engaged in research, application development, ingredient and flavor creation.