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The drinks company has followed the likes of Ribena into the ice cream market

AG Barr still keen on Britvic merger as sales fizz

Despite the dire spring weather, Irn-Bru's maker AG Barr pushed up sales in a flat soft drinks market and yesterday said it was still keen to push on with a merger with its rival Britvic.

Cost-cutting plans see Britvic PLC shares fizzing

Britvic shares fizzed up 10 per cent today as the City warmed to some decent profits and plans for cost cuts of £30 million that will see the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator, Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots

Eurovision: At least Graham Norton's a winner

Ever since Sir Terry Wogan handed over the baton in 2009, there has never been any doubt that Graham Norton and the Eurovision Song Contest are a perfect match. Making his fifth appearance as BBC 1’s resident commentator – this year in the Swedish city of Malmo – Norton once again played the role of mischievous gatecrasher, taking delicious aim at the array of hopefuls, presenters and merry idiots on Saturday night.

Sweetened soft drinks contain a lot of calories which contribute to overweight and obesity, which in turn is a cause of diabetes

One can of fizzy drink a day increases Type 2 diabetes risk by a fifth

Western lifestyles blamed as one in 20 UK adults now thought to suffer from the disease

A view from outside Rangers' stadium, Ibrox

Craig Mather appointed interim chief executive of Rangers

The 42-year-old is a shareholder and has been the club's director of sports development since October

Cans of energy drinks are displayed in a store in California. The kick from caffeine has a growing number of consumers jumping into energy drinks-soft drinks spiked with nutritional aids and stimulants despite warnings from health professionals.

We students need to ditch our addiction to energy drinks

They're gross, says Eleanor Doughty, and they make you feel bad

Policeman admits to poisoning

A police detective has pleaded guilty to poisoning a colleague, a court official said.

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, which was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on 7 July 2005

We're foiling 7/7-size plot every year, says counter-terror chief as he warns of rise in smaller groups

Counter-terror teams are foiling a plot as big as the July 7 attacks every year, a senior police officer has revealed.

'Full-fat' Sprite to be ditched for low-calorie alternative with 'natural' sweeteners

Sugar will be replaced with Stevia as part of Coca-Cola's anti-obesity drive

An El Balcon del Born’ bedroom

B&B and Beyond: El Balcon del Born, Barcelona

A welcome addition to Barcelona's B&Bs offers elegance and style in one of the city's oldest districts, says Sarah Gordon

Domestic appliances: The coolest status symbol? A fridge

As a status symbol, you might not think that something that keeps your leftovers at a steady temperature would be much cop. Sports cars are a more traditional social signifier (not least of someone trying to convince their peers that they have an enormous… amount of money), as are regular holidays and the resultant tans. But for hundreds of years, having a way to keep food cool, and thus prolong its edibility, was far more show-offy than  a supercar.

Crazy in love with fizzy drinks: Why sugar tax (or a burping Beyoncé) is needed to break the addiction

One in four British men and women are obese - and we're all paying for it

Pepsi helps profits to bubble at Britvic

Bubbling demand for Britvic's fizzy drinks including Pepsi and 7Up in the UK helped its revenues rise 4.8 per cent to £303.2m in the three months to today.

Brighton and Hove Albion football player Anton Rodgers, 19, arrives at the Old Bailey on January 21

Four footballers filmed sexual assault while teen was unconscious, court hears

A teenager was ashamed and embarrassed to find pictures of four footballers sexually assaulting her when she woke up after a night out, a court heard today. Four players are alleged to have taken advantage of her while she was unconscious.

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