Skinny Nutritional Corp has signed a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Cott Corp's Cliffstar subsidiary.

The deal, announced yesterday (24 February), will see Skinny's line of zero-calorie, vitamin-enriched and flavoured waters exclusively manufactured and distributed by Cott to selected new and existing customers through its retail channels. The agreement also includes raw materials procurement, research and development, freight management and retail inventory management.

Skinny said the agreement follows its addition of new regional distributors and chain store authorisations last year.

"This agreement allows us to do business with some of the largest retailers in the country and concentrate our resources on marketing and sales," said Skinny Nutritional's CEO, Michael Salaman. "We will be closely working with Cliffstar to introduce and aggressively market Skinny Water throughout the territory."

Cott operates soft drink, juice, water and other beverage bottling facilities in the US, Canada, UK and Mexico and markets beverage concentrates in around 50 countries globally.