Fever-Tree profits fizz as sales of low-calorie tonic double

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Drinks maker to move into mixers for dark spirits after success of light tonic

The popularity of its light tonic and ginger beer have boosted profits at drinks-maker Fever-Tree, but its shares fell on a less sparkling outlook for 2018.

The company has benefited from the gin craze, which has boosted sales of tonic water, in particular its low-calorie tonic whose sales more than doubled in the UK. Fever-Tree plans to launch more low-calorie mixers, which now account for just under a third of its tonic sales.

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