AG Barr has opening its Milton Keynes facility ahead of schedule

AG Barr has opening its Milton Keynes facility ahead of schedule

The opening of AG Barr's Milton Keynes factory has been welcomed by analysts, who suggest it will ease capacity issues for the group and allow brand investment.

Earlier today (25 July), the Irn Bru producer confirmed that the production and warehouse facility is now operational and has opened ahead of schedule. It came as the group said it expects to report a 5% rise in first-half sales, helped by the UK's recent good weather. 

Panmure analyst Damian McNeela said: “We believe that this (Milton Keynes) is positive news and should ease internal capacity constraints and generate cost savings that can be recycled into investing behind its brands.

"We think there will be a particular focus on Rubicon and on Irn-Bru in England.”

Barr first revealed news of its plans for the Milton Keynes facility last year

Investec also hailed the news, noting that the group “now has more flexible capacity to capitalise on growth opportunities”. 

However, Canaccord Genuity analyst Wayne Brown said that M&A could prove a “management distraction” for Barr, while he also anticipates on-going input cost pressures, particularly from sugar and mango prices.