It is that time of year again, when the UK's top 50 favoured brands find out exactly how they are faring, with the annual Biggest Brands survey, compiled by AC Nielsen and published in the UK's Marketing magazine.

Providing the most comprehensive overview of grocery brands for the year to April 2000, the Biggest Brands survey also looks at the growth in the top sectors and the UK's top 20 fastest-growing brands.

In the soft drinks sector, Coca-Cola is still the UK's number one favourite and CEO, Douglas Daft's "think local, act local" policy seems to be paying off for the world's largest soft drinks company. Coke can also boast a 9.7% growth in sales so far this year.

Soft Drinks 2000 Listing

Brand 2000 Listing(£M)* % Change Company Adspend (£)
1 Coca-Cola 635-640 9.7 Coca-Cola Company 26,575,202
2 Pepsi 190-195 1.6 PepsiCo 7,508,165
3 Robinson's 170-175 10.1 Britvic Soft Drinks 3,769,187
4 Ribena 170-175 9.2 Smithkline Beecham 5,601,488
5 Sunny Delight 140-145 -9.6 Procter & Gamble 8,006,084
6 Lucozade 120-125 10.5 Smithkline Beecham 6,762,215
7 Tango 90-95 -0.3 Britvic Soft Drinks 8,829,474
8 Tropicana 80-85 26.7 Tropicana 533,659
9 Schweppes 80-85 14.9 Coca-Cola 2,582,832
10 Irn-Bru 75-80 15.2 AG Barr 1,505,586
*excludes all on-premises sales

Source: AC Nielsen

PepsiCo retains second place with its Walkers crisps brand, but the core brand Pepsi drops down to ninth place and PepsiCo's other three crisp brands - Doritos, Quavers and Smiths - all feature in the top 10 favourite crisps and snacks sector.

After repositioning all its Nescafe products within the Nescafe brand, Nestle has moved up to third position and Robinson's, produced by Britvic has boosted its sales by 10%, and is now ranked at number 12, one place ahead of Smithkline Beecham's Ribena with 9%.

But, recent bad press has resulted in Sunny Delight seeing a drop in sales of 10%, falling to 16th place in the Biggest Brands survey. Only time will tell if Sunny Delight, Proctor & Gamble's only soft drink, suffers further decline with the rival launch of Juice Up, produced by Britvic.

Other changes in the soft drinks sector see Smithkline Beecham climb three places to 24 with Lucozade, and Britvic's Tango loses three places and is now ranked 42nd in the UK's top 50 list.

Top Brands Listing 2000

Brand 1999 Ranked Position Manufacturer Year to April 2000(£m) %Change
1 Coca-Cola 1 Coca-Cola Company 635-640 9.7
2 Walkers 2 PepsiCo 455-460 6.5
3 Nescafé - Nestlé 335-340 -6.9
4 Stella Artois 6 Whitbread 255-260 23.6
5 Persil 3 Lever Brothers 240-245 0.7
6 Müller 7 Müller 230-235 20.0
7 Andrex Toilet Tissue 5 Kimberly-Clark 225-230 3.6
8 Pampers 9 Procter & Gamble 190-195 -4.1
9 Pepsi 8 PepsiCo 190-195 1.6
10 Ariel 10 Procter & Gamble 185-190 2.7
11 Kit Kat 15 Nestle Rowntree 175-180 27.0
12 Robinsons 13 Britvic Soft Drinks 170-175 10.1
13 Ribena 11 SmithKline Beecham 170-175 9.2
14 Cadbury Dairy Milk 37 Cadbury 160-165 0.8
15 Carling 22 Bass Brewers 145-150 20.8
16 Sunny Delight 12 Procter & Gamble 140-145 -9.6
17 Whiskas 14 Pedigree Petfoods 135-140 4.3
18 Pringles 18 Procter & Gamble 135-140 2.0
19 Birds Eye Wall's Ice Cream - Birds Eye Wall's 130-135 23.1
20 Felix 19 Friskies Petcare 130-135 9.0
21 Heinz Canned Soup 16 Heinz 130-135 -1.5
22 PG Tips 20 Van den Bergh 125-130 2.5
23 Bold 17 Procter & Gamble 120-125 -7.0
24 Lucozade 27 SmithKline Beecham 120-125 10.5
25 Heinz Baked Beans 21 Heinz 120-125 1.1
26 McCain Chips 33 McCain Foods 115-120 0.7
27 Flora 26 Van den Bergh 110-115 -2.1
28 Tetley 23 Tetley GB 110-115 -6.6
29 Mars Bar 28 Mars 110-115 4.4
30 Bells 8 Year 24 Diageo 110-115 -5.2

Source: AC Nielsen

In the hot beverages sector, Nescafe is number one favourite, but the whole sector is still in decline and Tetley Tea, recently acquired by Indian company Tata Group, has also suffered with sales slipping by almost 7%.

The hot beverages sector maybe still in decline and the soft drinks market may have suffered generally because of Sunny Delight's sudden downfall, but the UK soft drinks sector is not only booming but it is still the most valuable - generating £1.772 billion for the year to April 2000.