Britvic has expanded its portfolio with the addition of the UK’s fastest growing ‘ready to drink’ iced coffee brand – Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.
Simon Litherland, Britvic CEO, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy’s Iced Coffee to our portfolio of much-loved Britvic brands. The focus on innovation, great taste with fewer calories, and fully recyclable packaging makes Jimmy’s a perfect fit for Britvic. We have a long track-record of acquiring and developing brands, and I am confident in our ability to quickly expand our position in the iced coffee category – which is an exciting and fast-growing market segment.”
Jim Cregan, co-founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, says: “We are so delighted with this deal which is the culmination of twelve years of monumental hard work by my sister and I. We have poured our heart and souls into making this business what it is today and we feel so fortunate that Britvic is now able to take Jimmy’s to places about which we could only dream. We are excited to watch the next chapter of the journey unfold and look forward to Jimmy’s Iced Coffee becoming even more well known and enjoyed.”
In the year to June 2023, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee generated a retail sales value of £17m, +43% on the previous year. The UK ready-to-drink iced coffee category is both large and fast-growing, with a retail sales value (RSV) of £280m last year, an annual increase of 15.3%.
Britvic intends to further accelerate the growth of Jimmy’s through the utilisation of Britvic’s market-leading customer relationships to drive new listings and increase distribution, while increasing cost efficiency through Britvic’s supply chain expertise and procurement capability.
Jimmy’s Iced Coffee founders Jim and Suzie will continue to be involved in the business as ambassadors for the brand, helping to support the transition while providing advice on brand direction and future innovation, ensuring that Jimmy’s core values and ethos continue to drive the brand.