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The Vimtoad was created by Aardman AnimationsUK: Nichols predicts price-marked future for UK soft drinks

20 March 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.

UK: Purity Soft Drinks eyes expansion with CEO switch

19 March 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.

UK: Nichols posts FY profits fall as one-off costs bite

13 March 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.

Product Launch - UK: Nichols' Vimto Squeezy

13 March 2014

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

UK: WeightWatchers gives New Year push to soft drinks

21 January 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.

Analysis - Nichols finds early success with stills focus

10 January 2014

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-year growth. It seems his pessimism was misplaced.

UK: Nichols on track for FY profits growth as sales rise

10 January 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.

Product Launch - UK: Quintessential Brands' Sloe Bloom gin

12 November 2013

Spirits group Quintessential Brands has launched a limited-edition seasonal sloe variant of its Bloom gin.

Product Launch - EUROPE: Diageo's Baileys Chocolat Luxe

12 August 2013

Diageo has launched an extension for its Baileys Original Irish Cream that mixes 30g of Belgian chocolate into each bottle.

Product Launch - UK: Nichols' Weight Watchers Soft Drinks Blackberry & Apple

26 July 2013

Nichols' Weight Watchers Soft Drinks Blackberry & Apple

UK: Nichols sees H1 profits rise as stills come to fore

25 July 2013

Nichols has hailed its focus switch from carbonates to stills as it posted a rise in half-year profits despite flat sales.

UK: Coca-Cola Enterprises exec joins Nichols

24 June 2013

Vimto maker Nichols has appointed a Coca-Cola Enterprises sales exec as its commercial director.

Product Launch - UK: Nichols' Vimto Extreme Energy and Extreme Sport

19 June 2013

Nichols has added another potentially lucrative licensing deal to its portfolio with its entry into the energy drinks sector.

UK: Nichols carbonate withdrawal to hurt 2013 sales - chairman

1 May 2013

Nichols has warned that its sales will drop this year, as it shifts focus from carbonates to stills.

Analysis - Nichols CEO succession “meticulously planned”

13 March 2013

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.

UK: Nichols outruns damp 2012 to post FY profits jump, switches CEO

7 March 2013

Nichols has bucked weaker trends in the UK soft drinks market to post a healthy jump in full-year sales and profits.

Comment - Are UK Soft Drinks About To Go Pop?

19 February 2013

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

Product Launch - UK: Savse's Savse Broccoli, Beetroot and Strawberry Smoovies

18 February 2013

Savse, an independent smoothie maker from the country of Georgia, has launched three flavours in the UK.

Product Launch - UK: Salvatore Calabrese's Liquore di Limone

14 January 2013

Salvatore Calabrese's Liquore di Limone

UK: Nichols on course for strong FY as sales rise

7 January 2013

Nichols outpaced the UK soft drinks sector last year as bad weather and difficult trading conditions failed to dampen sales.

UK/JAPAN: Barr Britvic could be takeover target for Suntory - analyst

12 December 2012

Barr Britvic could be on Suntory Holdings' shopping list in the UK when the Japanese group looks at international acquisitions, according to an analyst.

UK: Nichols readies post-Christmas Weight Watchers blitz

3 December 2012

Nichols has lined up a post-Christmas marketing push for the Weight Watchers soft drinks portfolio in the UK.

Product Launch - UK: Chase Distillery's Great British Extra Dry Gin

13 November 2012

Chase Distillery is following its Chase Vodka offering with a dry gin to tap into the category’s growing demand.

UK: World of Patria International director to depart

6 November 2012

Travel Retail distributor World of Patria International has announced that one of its directors will leave the company at the end of this month.

Product Launch - UK: Lovoka's Lovoka vodka liqueur

4 October 2012

Lovoka's Lovoka vodka liqueur

Product Launch - UK: Nyetimber's Nyetimber Demi-Sec

2 October 2012

Nyetimber's Nyetimber Demi-Sec

Product Launch - UK: McWilliam’s Wines' Weight Watchers-endorsed Harmony and Essenze range

11 September 2012

Australian winery McWilliam’s Wines has teamed up with Weight Watchers to launch a range of lower-calorie wines in the UK.

Comment - Britvic, AG Barr Merger would Forge New Strengths

5 September 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.

UK: Firefly targets "grab and go" market with PET launch

13 August 2012

Firefly has announced the launch of a new range of its "natural" fruit drinks in 500ml PET bottles.

UK: Nichols set to make more overseas breakthroughs - analyst

26 July 2012

Nichols' "commendable" first-half performance is set to continue into H2 as the firm makes more breakthroughs in overseas markets, an analyst has forecast.

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