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Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy

About Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy

Our story started over 25 years ago, when we started making craft lemonades in Laitila town in Finland. Soon after that we also went into brewing ciders and then beers. The beers, brewed under brand Kukko (rooster in Finnish), became famous due to their high quality and exceptional innovative features. Our first Kukko, Kukko Pils, became the first Finnish beer to be packed into a can.

In 2005 we found out that Kukko Pils is also gluten-free. It is made of water, barley malts and hops only, no enzymes used, but it is gluten-free. It actually became the first gluten-free 100% barley malt beer in the world. Since then, all Kukko lagers and ales have been gluten-free.

Kukko brand became the most valued beer brand sold in Finland in 2018. This means that consumers think that Kukko is best value for money. Part of that is our endless work to protect the environment. We became the first Finnish manufacturer to use 100% renewable electricity when we chose to use only wind energy in 2001, the same year when the first Kukko was brewed. Later we were awarded as the greenest brewery title in Finland and since then we have continued the work for greener production for example by building a large solar power plant on brewery roof. Everything is recycled and this year we made huge investments to improve energy efficiency. Using renewable energy is good, but we still think that using less of it is even better.

Last year we launched also alcohol-free Kukko beers, four different types: Pils, Lager, IPA and Dunkel. Just like other Kukko beers, also these are gluten-free. They are made with the same ingredients as their original alcoholic versions. Only the alcohol is removed, leaving all the flavours and well-balanced body left. They are also very low in calories, because nothing has been added and all sugars have been consumed by yeast. It might be even difficult to taste that they do not contain alcohol. That is why alcohol-free Kukko Pils won the best pils in Finland -award.

Today half of our production is beers and we still make craft lemonades and ciders, but also long drinks, energy drinks, hard seltzers, hoppy waters and many other beverages. They are exported to many countries in Europe and East-Asia. We are lucky in Finland to have the best and cleanest waters, soil and air in the world, which means that our beverages are made of the best possible ingredients.

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Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy

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1995

Brand Owner, Manufacturer

USD 25,000,000

31 - 100

Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam

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