Soft drink volumes are growing among managed pubs while the independent, leased and tenanted sectors are showing a decline, according to Britvic. Announcing its full-year results today, the J2O and Pepsi distributor said: “The GB pub and club soft drinks market, as expected, continued to decline during 2011, with volume down 2.2% but value up 1.3% (MAT to August). “Managed pub operators grew volume in soft drinks by 2.2% whilst the independent, leased and tenanted pubs declined.” Britvic said a “poor summer” explains the acceleration of the market decline in pubs and clubs in the latest quarter to August, when volumes fell 10.3% and value sales reduced by 6.3%. Overall, volumes in Britain were up 0.8%. The 3% rise in carbonates volumes, to 1,130.5m litres offset the 4.1% fall in still volumes (493.5m litres). Revenues for Britvic in the year to 2 October 2011, excluding its French business, increased 0.8% to £1,045.7m - including France, revenues increased 14.6% to £1,290.4m. Group ebitda was up 4.8% to £138.1m, with profit before tax up 0.5% to £105.1m.

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