Irn-Bru, the Scottish soft drink, is to be advertised across Russian television, as part of a big push for the drink in the country.

The move comes as AG Barr, the brand's owner, struck up a deal with Pepsi Bottling Group in Russia to distribute Irn-Bru, after its last franchise partner in the country ceased trading last summer.

Robin Barr, the company chairman, said he was optimistic the deal would help boost volumes in Russia. He said: "Our link with PBG will enhance and improve the distribution of Irn-Bru throughout Russia.

Irn-Bru has been available in Russia since 1994 and sold 12m cases last year.