Splitting Britvic into two could make the firm more palatable for trade buyers with less ready cash than private equity giants, according to analysts. Britvic declined to comment on press reports that separate circulars have been issued for the carbonated drinks business and the juices operation. However analysts said selling Britvic's fizzy drinks to Irn-Bru maker AG Barr and its juices to Pepsi would be the preferred option for owners Allied Domecq, Whitbread, Pepsi and Six Continents. Other interested parties include private equity giants Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Doughty Hanson and Schroder Ventures, and Irish drinks group Cantrell & Cochrane. {{NEWS }}