MAINE Soft Drinks have announced their home deliveries have ceased because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lorries from the Ballymoney-based firm are a common sight on the streets and drivers are often simply referred to as ‘The Maine Man’.
A spokesperson for Maine Soft Drinks said on Wednesday: “With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis our primary concern is naturally for the welfare of our staff and customers and from today we have decided to cease regular home deliveries of Maine Soft Drinks until further notice.
“Our products will continue to be available in many local stores but in the meantime we would ask you to please retain all empty glass bottles and plastic crates for a resumption of service as soon as possible.
“We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the years and we look forward to calling with them as soon as possible.
“An option to order online is still available, please visit www.mainesoftdrinks.co.uk/shop
The Maine Soft Drinks website says: ‘For over 65 years The Maine Man has continued the tradition of delivering quality soft drinks to our doorsteps.
‘Families throughout Northern Ireland have fond memories of regular weekly orders of their favourite flavours such as Sarsaparilla, American Cream Soda, Pineappleade and Cloudy Lime in glass returnable bottles. ‘MUM … IT’S THE MAINE MAN!’.’