LONDON: Coca-Cola is still the top selling grocery brand in the UK, according to trade magazine Checkout. The leading soft drinks maker saw its Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero brands notch British sales of £942.3 million ($1.83bn; €1.39bn) in 2006, a rise of 5% over the previous year.

The data, compiled by ACNielsen, places bread-maker Warburton second in the rankings with sales of £514.3 million - an impressive 17.7% increase on 2005.

UK consumers' interest in healthier foods led to smoothie and juice brand Innocent showing a massive 140% improvement in sales to £96.2m, while Danone's Bio Activa yogurt brand clocked up the second highest growth, with sales up 77.2%.

The top ten table is predictably dominated by established names:
1. Coca-Cola
2. Warburtons
3. Walkers
4. Hovis
5. Cadbury Dairy Milk
6. Nescafe
7. Andrex
8. Lucozade
9. Kingsmill
10. Robinsons

Comments Checkout editor Fiona Briggs: "Brands which have done really well have done so largely on the back of either development into healthy, wholesome lines or the removal and reduction of . . . saturated fats, salt and artificial additives."

Data sourced from; additional content by WARC staff