Britvic revenue boosted by demand for low-sugar beverages

Company’s brands include MiWadi, Ballygowan, Tango, J20 and Fruit Shoot

Revenue at Britvic rose 4.5% to £352.4m  in the first quarter

Revenue at Britvic rose 4.5% to £352.4m in the first quarter

 

MiWadi and Ballygowan-owner Britvic reported higher first-quarter revenue on Thursday, driven by sales of low sugar and fruit-based beverages.

Britvic, whose brands include Tango, J2O, Fruit Shoot and Teisseire, said revenue rose 4.5 per cent to £352.4 million in the quarter.

The FTSE 250 company is adapting to changing preferences of consumers as they opt for low sugar and healthier drinks and dealing with Britain’s sugar tax levy that came into force last April.

It is also fending off competition from Nichols Plc and Refresco by adding citrus variants to its portfolio.

“Overall we view this as a solid update, and as a result there is no change to our positive view on the stock underpinned by a strong low-sugar-focused portfolio of brands,” said Goodbody analyst Patrick Higgins.

Britvic’s chief executive Simon Litherland said the firm was confident of making further progress in 2019.

– Reuters