Nichols PLC is engaged in the supply of soft drinks and other beverages to the retail, wholesale, catering, licensed and leisure industries. It comprises two operations: soft drinks and dispense systems. Soft drinks operation consists of the sales and marketing of the Vimto brand throughout the world, where it is available in over 65 countries, along with sales of the Panda and Sunkist brands in the United Kingdom.
The Vimto branded licensed product range includes Vimto Chewy Sweets, Vimto Tongue Ticklers, Vimto Bon-Bons, Vimto Lollipops and Vimto Ice Lollies. During the year ended December 31, 2007, the company transformed its dispense systems operation into an external distributor model, whereby both the original dispense equipment and its subsequent ongoing maintenance are the responsibility of third-party distributors. On April 6, 2007, Nichols PLC acquired Cariel Soft Drinks Limited. In December 2008, the Company acquired a 50% interest in Dayla Liquid Packing Ltd.