AG Barr posted a 14% jump in annual pre-tax profit boosted by strong sales of its Irn-Bru brand.

The Scottish-based soft drinks group said pre-tax profit rose to £12.2m from £10.7m last year on turnover which grew 3% to £120m for the year to January 25.

The maker of brands such as Irn-Bru, Tizer and Orangina said Irn-Bru litreage growth figures in England and Wales showed a year-on-year increase of more than 16%.

It added that it had also experienced “significant growth” outside the core carbonates business with over 30% in Findlays Natural Mineral Water and Simply Citrus brands.

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