Some have joked about the consequences of Scots not being able to get their hands on their beloved beverage - predicting everything ranging from long queues of cars, to a bloody battle. Some have even joked that it will culminate with Scottish Independence and, perhaps, even the end of the world.
if Scotland runs dry of Irn Bru we're getting our claymores out and coming down there to restore the House of Stuart https://t.co/SVSrj9BMOf
In a statement updating the stock market, the company said of the supply issue: “In recent weeks we have seen increased challenges across the UK road haulage fleet, associated in part with the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting customer deliveries and inbound materials.
“In addition, the risks associated with the wider labour pool and the current Covid-19 pandemic response are areas we continue to monitor closely.”
Roger White, chief executive of the company based in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, added: “There is a tightness with drivers and we have had particular disruption too with materials, particularly aluminium cans,” he told the PA news agency.
“Inflation is all around us at the moment – materials, wages and supply among other things – so we have to be careful how we manage this.
“We have accounted for this and that’s why we recognise that operating margins are likely to be impacted in the second half of the year.”
The warnings came as AG Barr revealed sales remained strong despite the Covid pandemic, thanks to a heavy shift to at-home drinking of their products. Now that restrictions are easing and the economy has reopened, more customers are buying drinks on-the-go and in the hospitality sector.
Chief executive, Roger White, said: “AG Barr is a growth-focused business operating in resilient and growing market categories, with dynamic brands, great people and a strong financial position.
“Our positive first-half performance reflects these fundamentals as well as the encouraging performance of recent innovation launches in both soft drinks and cocktails.”