Soft drinks group, Nichols, has revealed a year of positive growth despite challenging market conditions.
The group, which makes popular drinks such as Vimto, saw group revenue rise 13.2% to £132.8m in 2017, and UK sales hit £100.8mm.
Vimto alone achieved a 9% sales increase.
While revenue was up, operating profit was down 5.3% to £28.7 after costs including merger and acquisition expenses, restructuring costs and costs incurred in preparation for the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.
John Nichols, non-executive chairman, said: "In 2017 we delivered strong double-digit sales growth across both the UK and international businesses, even though the market conditions have been challenging. Profits were maintained despite previously announced external challenges in the Yemen region and we are proposing to increase the final dividend by 15.3%.
"The group expects to deliver further progress in 2018, supported by the advantages of our diversified business model and the strength of our brands."
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