Irn Bru

AG Barr is closing its plant in Tredegar, Wales

AG Barr is planning to close its factory in Wales and move production to its new Milton Keynes facility.

The Scottish company, which makes Irn-Bru and Rubicon, said it would close the site in Tredegar, which produces drinks cartons mainly for its Rubicon and KA juice brands, at the end of January 2015, subject to employee consultation. The site employs 67 people.

It said it would move production of cartons to its new Milton Keynes site as part of a £4m investment. 

AG Barr said the new high-speed carton production facilities would cater for current demand and provide “future capacity and flexibility”.

A total of 27 new jobs will be created at Milton Keynes. AG Barr said that where possible, employees at the Tredegar will be given the opportunity to transfer to other sites.

Earlier this week, AG Barr reported 5.2% sales growth for the first quarter at its AGM. It also announced that chairman Ronnie Hanna would be retiring at the end of the year and would be replaced by former Heineken executive John Nicolson, who is currently a senior non-executive director.