German drinks group Eckes has reportedly taken full control of fruit juice subsidiary Eckes-Granini.

Eckes bought the remaining 26% stake in the company from local consumer group Melitta for an undisclosed sum, reports in Germany said yesterday (4 December).

In 1994, Melitta sold its fruit juice division Granini to Eckes but kept a 26% stake in the enlarged Eckes-Granini group.

The deal comes as part of Eckes' plans to concentrate on the soft drinks sector. Last month, it sold its beverage alcohol business, Eckes Spirituosen & Wein, to German sparkling wine producer Rotkaeppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien.