Britvic boosted profits by more than a fifth in the past 12 months, buoyed by new products including the UK launch of Mountain Dew Energy.

Pre-tax profits for the year to 26 September were up 21.5% to £104.6m.

Group revenues excluding the company’s new French business, acquired in May, were up almost 6% to break the £1bn barrier. Total sales, including France, were up 15% to £1.21bn.

Chief executive Paul Moody said Britvic had “again demonstrated its ability to grow despite the difficult conditions in the wider economy”.

“This performance was achieved through the breadth and quality of our brand portfolio, strong delivery of innovation and a targeted and focused programme to grow our business internationally.”

He confirmed that the company was continuing to restructure in Ireland in a bid to “rebuild the profitability of [the] business”.

Moody added: “The group's extensive brand and innovation plans, combined with satisfactory trading in the first few weeks of the new financial year, mean we are in good shape to deliver another robust set of results for the year ahead."

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