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Comment - Kraft, Heinz and the Merger Landscape

Following the announcement that Kraft Foods and Heinz are to merge, Ray Rowlands looks at some other actual - and would-be - company unions...

Comment - Cocktails on AG Barr after Funkin Move

Earlier this month, AG Barr announced its purchase of the cocktail and syrups producer, Funkin. Richard Corbett looks at the deal and consid...


Britvic CEO heralds 2015 as "year of innovation"

Andy Morton | 26 Nov 2014

Britvic's CEO has said that the company's Robinsons brand will be a “big focus” for next year as it ramps up innovations across a number of products.


Focus - AG Barr's H1 Performance

James Wilmore | 24 Sep 2013

AG Barr announced its half-year results yesterday (23 September), revealing that profits had taken a dent from its failed merger with Britvic. Sales, however, were up by 5.8%. Here just-drinks takes a closer look at the figures in the six months to the end of July:


Suntory starts to flex financial muscles

Andy Morton | 9 Sep 2013

Suntory Food & Beverage didn't exactly swipe Ribena and Lucozade from under the noses of the UK soft drinks industry.


Analysis - Will Suntory buy AG Barr next?

Andy Morton | 9 Sep 2013

An analyst has questioned whether Suntory Food & Beverage will make AG Barr its next target after its deal to acquire GlaxoSmithKline's brands Ribena and Lucozade.

Latest Interviews

just the Answer: Funkin's CEO, Andrew King

Andy Morton | 23 Mar 2015

Cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin is now part of the AG Barr portfolio after the closure of a multi-million deal last month. Here, Funkin CEO Andrew King explains how he can help Barr grow its on-trade presence, why Angola is a new focus for cocktails and what he has planned for Irn Bru.


just the Answer - Nichols FD, Tim Croston

Michelle Russell | 16 Aug 2011

After a short break, our 'just the Answer' interview returns. This month, Michelle Russell talks to Tim Croston, the group finance director at UK-based soft drinks producer, Nichols plc.

Latest News

just a While Ago - On 3 June in...

Olly Wehring | 3 Jun 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


AG Barr sees sales slip in Q1

Olly Wehring | 27 May 2015

AG Barr has said it remains on-course to hit its full-year targets, despite a slight dip in total sales for its latest quarter.


AG Barr's Funkin revamps pack design

Andy Morton | 29 Apr 2015

AG Barr acquisition Funkin is to roll out new packaging across the portfolio as it looks to standardise branding.


just a While Ago - On 30 March in...

Olly Wehring | 30 Mar 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 27 Mar 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Barr beats market to post FY sales, profits rise

Andy Morton | 24 Mar 2015

AG Barr has posted a steady increase in full-year sales and profits as strong bottled water sales helped it outperform the overall soft drinks market.


AG Barr's Funkin Ginger Syrup and Earl Grey Syrup

Andy Morton | 24 Mar 2015

AG Barr's cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin has expanded its single batch syrup range with two new flavours.


AG Barr lines up new board member

Andy Morton | 20 Mar 2015

AG Barr has appointed the head of a UK house-building firm to its board of directors.


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 13 Feb 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


AG Barr buys cocktail mixers firm Funkin

James Wilmore | 2 Feb 2015

AG Barr has acquired UK-based cocktail mixers and syrups firm Funkin in a deal worth GBP21m (US$31.5m).


just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Andy Morton | 30 Jan 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


AG Barr expects FY sales rise after Q4 growth

James Wilmore | 28 Jan 2015

AG Barr has said it expects to see full-year sales growth of around 2%, despite the volatile state of the UK soft drinks market.


just the Week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 9 Jan 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Barr tops Coca-Cola in personalised Irn Bru push

Andy Morton | 6 Jan 2015

AG Barr has outgunned The Coca-Cola Co in a new campaign that mirrors the US soft drinks maker's personalised 'Share-a-Coke' push.


just the Week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 5 Dec 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


AG Barr sees Q3 sales slip, but confident on FY

James Wilmore | 4 Dec 2014

AG Barr has said it is confident of delivering on its full-year forecasts, despite a slight slip in third-quarter sales.


just the Week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 26 Sep 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


Barr boosts H1 profits, signs ten-year DPSG deal

Andy Morton | 23 Sep 2014

AG Barr has posted a jump in first-half profits and sales as it announced an exclusive ten-year deal with Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) to distribute the US firm's products in the UK and other EU countries.


AG Barr poaches Diageo exec to be FD

Andy Morton | 14 Aug 2014

Diageo is to lose one of its financial executives after AG Barr picked him to head up its group finance department.


AG Barr signs two-year deal with Scottish rugby

Andy Morton | 14 Aug 2014

AG Barr has expanded its sporting tie-ups with a deal to sponsor Scottish rugby.


AG Barr's H1 on track as investments kick in

Andy Morton | 25 Jul 2014

AG Barr has said it expects strong first-half sales as its brands benefit from increased marketing investments.


Edrington's Glenturret 1986 Cask Strength

Andy Morton | 17 Jul 2014

Edrington has released a limited-edition single malt to mark its Famous Grouse brand's sponsorship of next week's Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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