In a deal estimated to be worth around £67m, the UK’s second largest soft drinks manufacturer Britvic Soft Drinks has announced it will purchase Hartlepool-based soft drink manufacturer Orchid Drinks Ltd. Orchid Drinks has an annual turnover of £14m and was formed in 1992 following an MBO of the soft drinks business, Cameron Brewery in Hartlepool, by five former managers and produces Ame, Aqua Libra, Purdey’s and Duchy Originals.Commenting on the acquisition, Britvic’s MD Stephen Davies, said: “The Orchid range complements the existing Britvic portfolio and has enjoyed tremendous success. However, distribution has been primarily through multiple retailers.”He continued: “Britvic enjoys a strong presence in all sectors of the soft drinks market and we have the expertise and resource to develop the brands further across the total soft drinks market.”Orchid’s chairman, Rob Shotton, said: “It became clear that we needed the backing of a larger company to realise the full potential of our brands and Britvic is the right choice.”Controlled by Bass PLC, Britvic had a company turnover last year of over £500m and as well as Britvic fruit juices and mixers, the company produces some of the UK’s best selling brands, including Tango, Pepsi and Robinson’s.

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