Managing director of Vimto Soft Drinks Glenn Hudson has left the company.

Hudson had been with Vimto's parent company Nichols for four years after joining from Scottish Courage, where he was customer marketing director.

One of Hudson's major projects was the redevelopment of its Vimto and Panda kids' range by addressing the high sugar content and introducing new varieties.

The reformulation of Vimto and Panda meant they now contained only natural colours and no sodium benzoate.

Hudson also expanded Vimto Soft Drinks during his tenure with the acquisition of children's drink brand Panda in 2005 and Cariel Soft Drinks in March.

In March, Nichols revealed it was in negotiations with a potential bidder following rumours of a takeover by AG Barr.