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Analysis - Nichols finds success with stills focus

Back in May, Nichols chairman John Nichols warned that a shift in his firm's focus from carbonates to stills would stymie any chance of full...

Nichols switch “meticulously planned” - analyst

Marnie Millard's promotion to the head of Nichols has been in the making since she joined the company a year ago, an analyst has claimed....


How Litigation-Funding Helps Davids Tackle Goliath

Mark Beaumont at Annecto Legal | 4 Aug 2014

Last month, UK-headquartered soft drinks company Nichols was hit with a legal fine in Pakistan. The PKR1.4m (US$13.8m) payout to its bottling partner in the country, Gul Bottlers, hit Nichols' bottom line hard. The ruling in Gul's favour carried echoes of David beating Goliath. Mark Beaumont, a director at UK-based law firm Annecto Legal, considers the well-established, yet little-known method of funding litigation that could help a slighted minnow chalk up a victory against a bigger partner.


Are UK Soft Drinks About To Go Pop?

Andy Morton | 19 Feb 2013

Last week was a challenging one, on top of a difficult year for UK soft drinks.


Britvic AG Barr merger would forge new strengths

Andy Morton | 5 Sep 2012

“Made in Scotland from girders,” was the old tagline for the Irn Bru CSD. And in the past few years, Irn-Bru owners AG Barr have proved to be made of sterner stuff than its potential merger partner Britvic.


Do Strong Results Mean M&A Opportunities For Barr

Michelle Russell | 28 Mar 2011

With full-year profits and sales up strongly, AG Barr could be well-poised to make strategic acquisitions this year.

Latest Interviews

just the Answer: Funkin's CEO, Andrew King

Andy Morton | 23 Mar 2015

Cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin is now part of the AG Barr portfolio after the closure of a multi-million deal last month. Here, Funkin CEO Andrew King explains how he can help Barr grow its on-trade presence, why Angola is a new focus for cocktails and what he has planned for Irn Bru.


just the Answer - Nichols FD, Tim Croston

Michelle Russell | 16 Aug 2011

After a short break, our 'just the Answer' interview returns. This month, Michelle Russell talks to Tim Croston, the group finance director at UK-based soft drinks producer, Nichols plc.

Latest News

just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 31 Jul 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Nichols sees H1 net profits up, buys Feel Good

Lucy Britner | 27 Jul 2015

Vimto owner Nichols has posted a healthy lift in half-year profits on flat sales, while announcing its purchase of the Feel Good soft drinks brand.


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Andy Morton | 10 Jul 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Nichols' Vimto campaign targets Justin Bieber fans

Andy Morton | 7 Jul 2015

Nichols is to launch a new Vimto campaign as part of its sponsorship of a Justin Beiber-headlined UK music festival.


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 1 May 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Nichols buys into The Noisy Drinks Co

Olly Wehring | 29 Apr 2015

Nichols has bought a major stake in UK-based slush drink producer The Noisy Drinks Co.


just a While Ago - On 16 March in...

Olly Wehring | 16 Mar 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 13 Mar 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Nichols bullish after FY sales climb

James Wilmore | 5 Mar 2015

Nichols has seen a slight rise in full-year net sales helped by the performance of its Vimto brand in the Middle East.


just the Week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 9 Jan 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Nichols in line for FY boost

Andy Morton | 8 Jan 2015

UK soft drinks maker Nichols has said it expects to post a sales jump for 2014 as a new Vimto campaign drove increases for its core brand.


Outlook set fair for Nichols, but H1 profits fall

Olly Wehring | 24 Jul 2014

Nichols has reported a healthy set of numbers for the first half of 2014, but its bottom line has taken a pummeling from a legal ruling in Pakistan.


The Lakes Distillery's The One

Olly Wehring | 10 Jul 2014

The Lakes Distillery has launched its inaugural whisky. The company, which is based in the UK's Lake District in the north of England, has released The One.


Radnor Hills' Heartsease Farm Fiery Ginger Beer

Andy Morton | 7 Jul 2014

UK soft drinks firm Radnor Hills has launched a new flavour in its Heartsease Farm range of CSDs.


Nichols stunned by US$14m court award

Olly Wehring | 3 Jul 2014

Nichols has been hit with a fine of almost US$14m following a legal ruling in Pakistan.


Nichols targets UK mothers with Panda campaign

Olly Wehring | 3 Jul 2014

Nichols has lined up a marketing push for its Panda soft drink brand in the UK that will coincide with the 'back to school' season this summer.


Nichols predicts price-marked future for UK

Andy Morton | 20 Mar 2014

Soft drinks maker Nichols believes price-marked packaging (PMP) is here to stay, as it revealed PMP accounted for most of Vimto's sales growth in UK impulse channels last year.


Purity Soft Drinks eyes expansion with CEO switch

Andy Morton | 19 Mar 2014

Purity Soft Drinks has appointed a former Mars marketing director as its next CEO in an effort to accelerate expansion of its Juice Burst brand in the UK.


Nichols posts FY profits drop as one-off costs bit

Andy Morton | 13 Mar 2014

UK soft drinks maker Nichols has posted a slight rise in full-year sales but profits dropped because of costs over a structural shake-up and a legal tussle in Pakistan.


Nichols' Vimto Squeezy

Andy Morton | 13 Mar 2014

Nichols has followed The Coca-Cola Co into the growing liquid water enhancer market with an extension to its core brand Vimto.


WeightWatchers gives New Year push to soft drinks

James Wilmore | 21 Jan 2014

WeightWatchers has revealed details of a new UK marketing push for its soft drinks range, on top of a wider multi-media campaign for the company.


Nichols eyes FY profits growth as sales rise

Andy Morton | 10 Jan 2014

UK soft drinks maker Nichols has posted an increase in full-year sales for 2013, as gains in concentrate made up for declines in carbonate for its core Vimto brand.

Latest blogs

Vimto's walk-on role in Ebola fight

Andy Morton | 9 Oct 2014

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported - in an article headlined “I'll fight off Ebola with bottles of Vimto” - that a Liberian self-proclaimed bishop was holding prayer sessions to ward off the deadly virus. In the stead of communion wine, the bishop is using Nichols' sparkling herb-based fruity pop.

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