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A. G. Barr

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A.G. Barr plc, commonly known as Barr's, is a Scottish soft drink manufacturer, based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is particularly notable for the manufacture of the popular Scottish drink, Irn-Bru.

The company was founded in 1875 by Robert Barr in the town of Falkirk.

In 1887 his son, Robert Fulton Barr, set up a division of the original company in Glasgow, which had a much larger population.

1892 The Glasgow branch passed to Andrew Greig Barr, a brother of the founder of that branch.

1901 Irn-Bru was first launched

1959 The Falkirk and Glasgow divisions merged

1965 The Company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In 1972, the Tizer brand was purchased.

The year 1980 saw the introduction of Low Calorie Irn-Bru: this changed its name in 1991 to Diet Irn-Bru, and then in 2010 to Irn-Bru sugar free.

In 2001 the company acquired Findlays Mineral Water which is sourced in the Lammermuir Hills.

In 2002 Roger White joined A. G. Barr as managing director and in 2004 became Barr's first ever non-family chief executive.

The Company acquired Forfar-based Strathmore Mineral Water in May 2006. The Irn-Bru 32 energy drink variant was launched in 2006.

In 2008 the company purchased the Taut sports drink range and exotic fruit drink company Rubicon.

On 14 November 2012 the Company agreed to merge with Britvic, which produces drinks like J2O, Tango and Robinsons, as well as holding the authority to produce Pepsi for the UK market, to create one of Europe's largest soft drinks companies.

On 11 July 2013, AG Barr Chairman Ronnie Hanna announced that the proposed merger of Britvic and AG Barr had been abandoned.

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