UK soft drinks group Nichols has appointed Tim Croston as its group finance director with effect from 1 January 2010.

Croston will fill the current vacancy left by Taylor Parkis who departed the company in August by "mutual consent with the board", the company told just-drinks today (20 November).

As finance and operations director of the firm's Vimto soft drinks division for the past two years, Croston was previously the Nichols Group financial controller. He joined the group four years ago from BSN Medical Limited.

John Nichols, non-executive chairman, said: "The board is absolutely delighted to announce Tim's appointment as group finance director. He has been a key member of the management team in our successful soft drinks division over the last two years, which grew its operating profits by nearly 16% last year".

The company posted a 28% increase in half-yearly sales in August, boosted by strong demand for the Vimto brand in the UK and abroad.