AG Barr said today (19 May) that the company has started the year well with revenue in the first 15 weeks ahead of the corresponding period last year.

The UK softt drinks company saw it as a "particularly positive performance" in light of the good weather experienced during April and May of last year and said it "reflects the continued progress being made across its portfolio".

"Trading conditions are competitive across the soft drinks category but the company remains confident at this early stage that it's on course for another successful year," chairman Robin Barr said ahead of AG Barr's AGM today.

Last month the UK-based soft drinks group reported a pretax profit of GBP20.8m (US$40.59m) for the 12 months to 26 January from GBP16.4m a year earlier, reflecting the significant prior year exceptional costs of re-organisation and rationalisation. Total sales grew by 4.6% from GBP141.9m to GBP148.4m in the period.

AG Barr's brands include Irn-Bru, Strathmore, Tizer and Orangina.