UK soft drinks company Nichols has pulled out of its offer period and is no longer for sale.

The company, which owns the Vimto soft drinks brand, said today (14 September) that discussions in relation to a possible takeover have been terminated. When contacted by just-drinks, a spokesperson for Nichols declined to give further details.

In March, a source close to the situation told just-drinks that a number of parties, including Irn-Bru maker AG Barr, were believed to be in talks with the Nichols family over a potential acquisition of Nichols. The source also said at the time that a number of private equity firms were interested in the company but that the Nichols family, which controls nearly 40% of the company, would be happy to retain ownership.

Separately, the company followed last month's first-half results announcement by saying that it is continuing to trade well this year. "The board remains confident in its ability to continue to deliver enhanced shareholder value in the future," Nichols said.