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A.G. Barr plc
Type Public (LSE: BAG)
Founded 1875
Founder(s) Robert Barr
Headquarters Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Key people Ronnie Hanna, Chairman
Roger White, Chief Executive
Industry Beverages
Products Irn-Bru
Red Kola
Barr Cola
American Cream Soda
St Clements
Ginger beer
Lipton Iced Tea
Revenue £169.7 million (2009)[1]
Operating income £23.2 million (2009)[1]
Net income £17.1 million (2009)[1]
Employees 895 (2009)[1]

A.G. Barr plc (LSE: BAG) is a Scottish soft drinks manufacturer, based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is particularly notable for the manufacture of the popular Scottish drink, Irn-Bru. A.G. Barr is the largest manufacturer of soft drinks in the United Kingdom. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.



The company was founded in 1875 by Robert Barr in the town of Falkirk.[2] In 1887 his son, Robert Fulton Barr, set up a division of the original company in Glasgow, which had a much larger population.[2] Then in 1892 the Glasgow branch passed to Andrew Grieg Barr, a brother of the founder of that branch.[2] Irn-Bru was first launched in 1901.[2] The Falkirk and Glasgow divisions merged in 1959.[2] The Company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1965.[2]

In 1972, the Tizer brand was purchased.[2] The year 1980 saw the introduction of Low Calorie Irn-Bru: this changed its name in 1991 to Diet Irn-Bru. In 2001 the company acquired Findlays Mineral Water which is sourced in the Lammermuir Hills.[3]

In 2002 Roger White joined A. G. Barr as managing director and in 2004 became Barr's first ever non-family chief executive.[4]

The Company acquired Forfar based Strathmore Mineral Water in May 2006.[5] The Irn-Bru 32 energy drink variant was launched in 2006.[2] In 2008 the company purchased the Taut sports drink range.[6]


A.G. Barr produces a whole variety of soft drinks for the UK market including American Cream Soda, Barr Cola, D'n'B, Irn-Bru, Red Kola (One of the few cola drinks still made using actual Kola nuts), St Clements Lemonade and Limeade and Tizer. It has manufacturing plants in Cumbernauld and Mansfield.[7] Irn-Bru is currently manufactured in five factories in Russia, and is also manufactured under licence in Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Bru and various other Barr products are exported to The United States, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and Cyprus, as well as parts of Africa and Asia. It is available sporadically in Ireland.

In the UK, the company also has a partnership with Unilever to market Lipton Iced Tea and a manufacturing franchise with Cadbury Plc for the Orangina soft drink range.

They also acquired Rubicon in 2008.

The firm announced in November 2009 that they plan to end operations at their Mansfield bottling and distribution centre and transfer work to Cumbernauld.

Competition with Coca-Cola

In Scotland there is fierce competition between Irn-Bru and Coca-Cola. Irn-Bru has long been the most popular soft drink in Scotland, but recent times have seen the two brands sales at roughly equal levels.[8]


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