Cott Corp. has made a move to expand in the US. The world's largest supplier of store-brand soft drinks announced yesterday that it is to acquire Quality Beverage Brands L.L.C. in North Carolina through its subsidiary Cott Beverages Inc.

Cott Beverages has also agreed a long-term manufacturing contract with bottler Independent Beverage Corp. IBC is an affiliate of Quality.

Financial terms on the two deals were not disclosed, although Cott believes the acquisition and manufacturing deal will contribute around $45m a year to its sales in the US.