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The soft drinks opportunity from a hard Brexit

It's coming up to a year since the UK shocked itself - and Europe - by voting to leave the European Union. Article 50 has now been triggered...

Industry is following the pack to patriotic party

Samuel Johnson once said: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." What does that say about Diageo, Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Coca...


Ray Rowlands | 7 Apr 2015

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


Richard Corbett | 10 Feb 2015

Earlier this month, AG Barr announced its purchase of the cocktail and syrups producer, Funkin. Richard Corbett looks at the deal and considers the likelihood of success from Barr's Funkin move.


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.


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:

Latest Interviews

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.


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

Lucy Britner | 6 Apr 2017

AG Barr has announced a multi-million pound campaign for its Rubicon Spring brand in the UK market. 


Andy Morton | 28 Mar 2017

Solid sales growth for its core brands helped drive modest growth for AG Barr in its latest fiscal year.


Lucy Britner | 27 Mar 2017

AG Barr's Funkin unit has lined up a Bramble mixer, in an effort to enable bartenders to easily create Bramble cocktails. 


Lucy Britner | 15 Mar 2017

AG Barr has lined up a GBP5m (US$6m) marketing push to support the roll outAG Barr has lined up a GBP5m (US$6m) marketing push in the UK, to support the roll-out of its Irn-Bru Xtra brand extension.of its Irn-Bru Xtra brand. 


Andy Morton | 1 Mar 2017

AG Barr is to dramatically reduce the sugar content across its range as it prepares for life under the UK's forthcoming sugar tax.


Lucy Britner | 22 Feb 2017

AG Barr's cocktail unit Funkin has released a coconut purée in the UK on-premise, as it looks to capitalise on the popularity of the Pina Colada. 


Lucy Britner | 1 Feb 2017

AG Barr has forecast that sales in organic terms for its latest fiscal year will come in flat, although operating margin is anticipated to be in line with expectations.


Lucy Britner | 11 Jan 2017

AG Barr has launched a new range of energy drinks under the Rockstar brand.


Andy Morton | 4 Jan 2017

AG Barr has teamed up with Jägermeister-owner Mast Jägermeister to add a beetroot flavour to its range of Funkin cocktail syrups.


Andy Morton | 27 Sep 2016

AG Barr is to cut 10% of its workforce before the end of the year amid a declining UK market that hampered H1 sales and profits.


Andy Morton | 5 Aug 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.


Lucy Britner | 3 Aug 2016

AG Barr has launched a new range under its Rubicon brand as it looks to appeal to calorie-conscious consumers. 


Andy Morton | 2 Aug 2016

AG Barr has warned that Brexit will inflate costs next year as currency falls from the vote eventually make an impact.


Andy Morton | 25 Jul 2016

AG Barr is to launch its first permanent new Irn-Bru in 35 years, a sugar-free version that claims to taste more like the original than the current zero-calorie extensions.


Lucy Britner | 3 Jun 2016

AG Barr has launched two new Barr brand flavours, chosen by the general public. 


Lucy Britner | 27 May 2016

Soft drinks producer AG Barr will launch a range of flavoured, sparkling waters under its Rubicon brand. 


Lucy Britner | 16 May 2016

AG Barr has added a Pineapple & Coconut variant to the Rockstar Freeze range in the UK. 


Lucy Britner | 6 May 2016

AG Barr has launched a marketing and innovation campaign for the Snapple brand in the UK as it looks to bring design and NPD in line with the US.


Andy Morton | 4 Apr 2016

AG Barr is to invest GBP6m (US$8.6m) in a new Irn-Bru campaign that harks back to the brand's marketing heritage.


Andy Morton | 29 Mar 2016

A decline in costs helped push AG Barr's profits up double-digits last year despite a slight fall in sales.


Lucy Britner | 3 Mar 2016

AG Barr has added three new lines to its range of cocktail mixers. 


Lucy Britner | 29 Jan 2016

Soft drinks maker AG Barr has warned that its full-year sales are likely to come in behind the previous year, citing a challenging first six months of 2015.

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