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Hot weather boosts Irn Bru sales
AG Barr products
Irn Bru is AG Barr's most famous drink
Warm weather and a pick-up in the soft drinks market has helped Irn Bru maker AG Barr report a boost in sales.

The Glasgow-based company said sales rose by 21% in the first 13 weeks of the year to 28 April.

The firm said a pick-up in the soft drinks market, which grew by 8% in value terms, came amid the mild winter and exceptionally warm April weather.

Irn-Bru was created in Glasgow in 1901 by Andrew Greig Barr, one of three brothers from a Falkirk family.

The drinks firm is currently building a new 6.5m canning facility at its Cumbernauld site in central Scotland.

This should allow for the closure of its site in Atherton, Lancashire, at the end of the month.

AG Barr currently employs about 900 people at its sites in Cumbernauld, Atherton, Mansfield and Pitcox near Edinburgh.

Last year, it reported profits of 19m amid soaring growth at its still drinks division, which includes the brands St Clements Originals and Simply.

Shares in the company rose nearly 3% on Monday following news of the sales figures.

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