AG Barr, the soft drinks manufacturer behind Irn Bru, has said revenue for the first 15 weeks of the financial year is 'ahead' of the year before.

Ahead of the company's annual general meeting later today, chairman Robin Barr said: “This is a particularly positive performance in light of the excellent weather experienced during April and May of last year and reflects the continued progress being made across our portfolio.

“Trading conditions are competitive across the soft drinks category but we remain confident at this early stage that we are on course for another successful year,” he added.