UK soft drinks company Nichols has confirmed that it is still locked in talks about a possible takeover.

The company said earlier this week that preliminary discussions "regarding the possibility of an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of the company" are still ongoing.

When contacted by just-drinks today (11 May) a spokesperson declined to comment further on the announcement.

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

Separately, Nichols said this week that its finance director, Brendan Hynes, will remain with Nichols, despite the announcement late last year that he would be joining Inter Link Foods.