SHS Group owns the WKD, Shloer and Merrydown Cider brands, and distributes a range of other grocery brands to the retail trade, including Durex, Tropicana and Douwe Egberts. Started in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, in 1975, the company is still jointly owned by founders Geoff Salters and Joe Sloan and their families. The group consists of 10 businesses in four sectors, with sales and marketing divisions in Cheltenham, Belfast and Dublin. It also owns independent food suppliers throughout Britain. These include British Pepper and Spice, Gourmet Garden and Caledonian Bottlers. Sales in 2003 reached £255.7m.
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