Cantrell & Cochrane

Cantrell and Cochrane

C&C Group plc (known prior to its floatation as Cantrell & Cochrane Limited), , , , is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of beverages in Ireland which has an increasing international presence, especially in the cider market. Currently it is focussed on its cider brand Bulmers, known as Magners outside the Republic of Ireland, after a sell-off of much of its other operations. Its previous other core brands have suffered a dramatic decrease in market share in recent years due to cheaper and more aggressive rivals such as Walkers Crisps. It was successfully launched on the Irish Stock Exchange in 2004 after a previous failed flotation in 2003. It is currently headed by former Quinnsworth chief executive Maurice Pratt.

Tayto crisps is a former brand of the company's, but was sold in 2006 to Largo Foods. In May 2007 its non-alcoholic drinks division, including Ballygowan mineral water, Club Orange and Club Lemon, MiWadi mixers and squashes, and various alcoholic drinks, as well as franchise deals for Pepsi, Britvic, and other brands, was sold to Britvic.

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