Production of Britvic's J20 brand will be hit due to a shortage of passionfruit concentrate, the UK soft drinks group said today (22 June).

A series of poor crops in Ecuador, the world's largest supplier of passonfruit concentrate, has hit exports, which will force Britvic to suspend production of orange and passionfruit J20 next month.

"This a problem for anybody purchasing passionfruit concentrate, not just for Britvic, but there will come a point in July when we will be unable to meet demand," a Britvic spokesman told just-drinks today (22 June).

The spokesman said that production would likely restart in September when the next crop was available. Britvic was urging suppliers to stock up on the company's other J20 brands - including apple and mango - over the next three months.

He added that the shortage would not have a material impact on the group's financial performance.