Northern-Ireland based SHS Group has agreed a deal to purchase 3V Group, the owner of nut-butter brand Meridian Foods and soft drink producer Rocks, for an undisclosed fee.

Rocks, based in units 8 and 9 within the Greendale Business Park Central Zone, is one of the leading producers of organic squash drinks in the UK.

SHS already owns and operates several UK brands, such as Shloer, Bottlegreen and WKD, and supplies a range of own-label herbs and spices to retailers throughout the country. The purchase of Rocks strengthens SHS presence in the UK soft drinks market.