The Portman Group has told Intercontinental Brands to change the packaging for its Red Star Plus drink.

UK-based Intercontinental has agreed to abide by the ruling, set down by the drinks industry self-regulatory body's Independent Complaints Panel, the group said today (28 January).

Consumers would not immediately identify Red Star Plus as an alcoholic drink, said the  Panel in its ruling.

David Poley, Portman's chief executive, said: "Producers must be mindful that their packaging does not cause consumers to buy alcohol when they actually want a soft drink."

Red Star Plus, described by Intercontinental as an alcoholic spirit mix with sparkling water, fruti flavours, sugar and sweeteners, has an alcohol content of 4% abv.