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Sales increase for Irn Bru maker

Irn Bru production line
AG Barr's main brand remains Scotland's most popular fizzy drink

The maker of Irn Bru, AG Barr, has reported that sales across the group have increased by 25% so far this year.

The company said its core brands performed well and sales were boosted by the Rubicon range of drinks which it bought last year.

Barr recently announced it was closing Rubicon's Mansfield site with the loss of 98 jobs.

The company said it was still in consultation with the workers who would be affected by the closure.

The Mansfield site in Nottinghamshire is due to close by 2011.

The work will be transferred to AG Barr's main plant in Cumbernauld, which is due to get an investment of about £10m over the next few years.

The company has said that Irn Bru was selling well through the recession, as an attractive low-priced treat.

The firm also makes Tizer, D'N'B and Rock Star.

Rubicon, based in Wembley, sells strongly into the Asian communities in London.

In a statement, the company said: "Economic conditions continue to be challenging and the soft drinks sector is highly competitive, however we remain confident of delivering our plans for the full year."

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