Britvic has signed a bottling agreement with Pepsi Lipton International to distribute Lipton Ice Tea in the UK.

The deal, announced yesterday (10 February), will see Britvic take over distribution from brand co-owner, Unilever, which will retain ownership of the Lipton masterbrand. Pepsi Lipton International is a joint venture between PepsiCo and Unilever.

Jonathan Gatward, brand director at Britvic, said: "Lipton Ice Tea is a great addition to the Britvic portfolio as the Lipton brand is the second biggest player in the global drinks market.

"It also extends Britvic's offering to a new sub-category, consolidating our position as the soft drinks company with the broadest portfolio in the UK, offering more choice to our customers."

Britvic already owns the licence for several PepsiCo soft drinks in the UK.

The Lipton Ice Tea range comprises of four variants in two formats: Lemon and Peach (both available in 500ml and 1.5L), and Mango and Green Orange (500ml only).

Bruno Gruwez, marketing manager at PepsiCo, said: "Ready-to-drink tea is a category with enormous growth potential in the UK."