Irn-Bru
IRN-BRU

Current Irn-Bru logo

TypeCarbonated soft drink
ManufacturerA.G. Barr plc
Country of originScotland
Introduced1901
Discontinued
  • Irn-Bru XS
  • Fiery Irn-Bru
ColourOrange
Ingredients
Variants
  • Irn-Bru
  • Irn-Bru Sugar Free
  • Irn-Bru Xtra
  • Irn-Bru Energy
  • Irn-Bru Crimbo Juice
  • Irn-Bru 1901
Websiteirn-bru.co.uk Edit

Irn-Bru ( iron brew; Scots: [ˌəirənˈbruː]) is a Scottish carbonated soft drink, often described as Scotlands other national drink (after Scotch whisky).[1] It is produced in Westfield, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, by A.G. Barr of Glasgow.

As well as being sold throughout the United Kingdom, Irn-Bru is available throughout the world and can usually be bought where there is a significant community of people from Scotland. Innovative and sometimes controversial marketing campaigns have kept it a top selling soft drink in Scotland, competing directly with global brands such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Overview[edit]

Irn-Bru is known for its bright orange colour and unique flavour.[2] As of 1999 it contained 0.002% of ammonium ferric citrate, sugar, 32 flavouring agents including caffeine and quinine (but not in Australia), and two controversial colourings (Sunset Yellow FCF E110 and Ponceau 4R E124). On 27 January 2010, soft-drink manufacturer A.G. Barr agreed to a Food Standards Agency voluntary ban on these two colourings although no date was set for their replacement.[3] After lobbying by First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, a proposed restriction of Sunset Yellow to 10 mg/litre was eased to 20 mg/litre in 2011 – the same amount present in Irn-Bru.[4] As of August 2021, Irn-Bru still contains these colourings.[5]

Early history[edit]

The first Iron Brew drink was produced by the Maas & Waldstein chemicals company of New York in 1889 under the name IRONBREW.[6] The drink was popular across North America and was widely copied. A similar beverage was launched in 1898 by London essence firm Stevenson & Howell that supplied soft drinks manufacturers in the UK and colonies. Many local bottlers around the UK began selling their own version of the beverage.[6] Despite the official launch date for Barrs Iron Brew being given as 1901, the firms AG Barr & Co (Glasgow) and Robert Barr (Falkirk) jointly launched their own Iron Brew drink at least two years earlier, according to a document in the firms archives which indicates that the drink was already enjoying strong sales by May 1899.[6] The strongman image which Barrs adopted for their bottle labels and advertising had been trademarked by the firm Stevenson & Howell in 1898.[7] Barrs ordered their labels directly from Stevenson & Howell, which also sold Barrs many of the individual flavours with which they mixed their own drinks.[6] An advertisement for Barrs Iron Brew dated 1900 featuring the original strongman label can be found in Falkirks Local History Archives.[8]

Barrs trademark application for the brand name Irn-Bru dates from July 1946[9] when the drink was still off sale because of wartime regulations. The firm first commercialised their drink using this new name in 1948 once government SDI consolidation of the soft drinks industry had ended.[10] The name change followed the introduction of new labelling restrictions which cracked down on spurious health claims and introduced minimum standards for drinks claiming to contain minerals such as iron.[11] However, according to Robert Barr OBE (chairman 1947–1978), there was also a commercial rationale behind the unusual spelling. Iron Brew had come to be understood as a generic product category in the UK, whereas adopting the name Irn-Bru allowed the firm to have a legally protected brand identity that would enable the firm to benefit from the popularity of their wartime Adventures of Ba-Bru comic strip advertising.[6] (The Iron Brew name has continued to be used for many versions of the drink sold by rival manufacturers.)[12]

Recent developments[edit]

1980 saw the introduction of Low Calorie Irn-Bru: this was re-launched in 1991 as Diet Irn-Bru and again in 2011 as Irn-Bru Sugar Free. The Irn-Bru 32 energy drink variant was launched in 2006.

Irn-Bru has long been the most popular soft drink in Scotland, with Coca-Cola second, but competition between the two brands has brought their sales to roughly equal levels as of 2003.[13] It is also the third best selling soft drink in the UK,[14] after Coca-Cola and Pepsi, outselling high-profile brands such as Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite and 7 Up. This success in defending its home market (a feat claimed only by Irn-Bru, Inca Kola and Thums Up; Thums Up sold out to Coca-Cola in 1993, and Inka Kola owners Corporación Lindley S.A. entered into a joint venture with Coca-Cola in 1999, giving up all rights to the name outside Peru) led to ongoing speculation that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Inc. or its UK brand franchisee Britvic would attempt to buy A.G. Barr. In November 2012 AG Barr and Britvic announced a merger proposal,[15] but in July 2013 the merger collapsed when terms could not be agreed.[16]

Irn-Brus advertising slogans used to be Scotlands other National Drink, referring to whisky, and Made in Scotland from girders, a reference to the rusty colour of the drink;[17] though the closest one can come to substantiating this claim is the 0.002% ammonium ferric citrate listed in the ingredients.

Fiery Irn-Bru, a limited edition variant, was released in autumn 2011. Packaged with a black and orange design, and with the signature man icon with an added image of a fire, it had a warm, tingly feeling in the mouth once drunk. It featured the traditional Irn-Bru flavour with an aftertaste similar to ginger.[citation needed]

Irn-Bru was also sold in reusable 750 ml glass bottles[citation needed] which, like other Barrs drinks, were able to be returned to the manufacturer in exchange for a 30 pence (previously 20p) deposit paid on purchase. This scheme was widely available in shops across Scotland and led to the colloquial term for an empty: a glass cheque.[18][19] As a result of a 40% drop in returned bottles since the 90s Barr deemed the washing and re-filling process uneconomical,[20] and on 1 January 2016 ceased the scheme.[18][19]

2016 saw the introduction of the current logo, conveying strength and an industrial feel,[21] and a new diet variant called Irn-Bru Xtra[22][23] in different branding to the existing sugar free variety in a similar fashion to Coca-Cola Zero and Pepsi Max.

Barr changed the formula of Irn-Bru in January 2018 in response to a sugar tax implemented in the UK in April 2018, intended to combat obesity.[citation needed] By reducing the sugar content to less than 5g per 100ml, Barr has made Irn-Bru exempt from the tax.[24] The manufacturer asserts that most people will not be able to tell the difference in flavour between the old and new formulas, but fans of the drink have started the Save Real Irn-Bru campaign to stop or reverse this change,[25] and have been stocking up on the more sugary formula.[26]

In May 2019, Barr announced a new energy drink variant of Irn-Bru called Irn-Bru Energy, which was released on 1 July 2019.[27]

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Previous IRN-BRU logo prior to 2016

Production[edit]

It is produced in Westfield, Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, since Barrs moved out of their Parkhead, Glasgow factory in the mid-2000s. In 2011, Irn-Bru closed their factory in Mansfield, making the Westfield plant in Cumbernauld the main location for production.[28] Other manufacturing locations include the English city of Sheffield.[29]

Packaging[edit]

Irn-Bru and other Barr brands including Pineappleade, Cream Soda, Tizer, Red Kola, Barr Cola, and Limeade are still available in 750 ml reusable glass bottles.

  • The most popular plastic bottle size is 500 ml.

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Old small bottle of Irn-Bru

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2 litre bottle of Diet Irn-Bru

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500 ml can (formerly limited edition summer can)

Irn-Bru and Diet Irn-Bru are available in the following sizes:

  • 150 ml can
  • 250 ml plastic bottle
  • 330 ml can
  • 330 ml glass bottle
  • 500 ml Value Can (formerly the big summer can)
  • 500 ml plastic bottle (UK, Canada)
  • 600 ml plastic bottle (Russia)
  • 1 litre plastic bottle
  • 1.25 litre bottle (Australia, New Zealand, Russia, UK)
  • 2 litre plastic bottle
  • 2.25 litre plastic bottle (Russia)
  • 2.5 litre bottle (UK Big Bru)
  • 3 litre plastic bottle
  • 355 ml glass bottle (in Canada)
  • 750 ml glass bottle
  • 5 litre Syrup containers.

In May 2007, A.G Barr re-designed the Irn-Bru Can and Bottle Logos.

In April 2016, A.G Barr released the redesigned Irn-Bru Can and Bottle Logos.

Marketing[edit]

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Advertising campaigns[edit]

Barrs actively promoted their Irn-Bru from the outset, with some of their earliest ads featuring world champion wrestlers and Highland Games athletes Donald Dinnie and Alex Munro who endorsed the drink by means of personal testimonials.[30] In the 1930s, the firm began a long-running series of comic strip ads entitled The Adventures of Ba-Bru which ran in various local papers from April 1939 until October 1970.[31] The last traces of this campaign, a large neon sign featuring Ba-Bru which stood in Union St above Glasgow Central railway station, was removed in 1983 and replaced with an illuminated display featuring the tagline Your Other National Drink.[32]

Barr has a long-established gimmick associating Irn-Bru with Scottishness, stemming from the claim of its being Scotlands most popular soft drink. A tagline, Made in Scotland from girders, was used for several years from the 1980s, usually featuring Irn-Bru drinkers becoming unusually strong, durable or magnetic.[citation needed]

An advertising campaign launched in Spring 2000 aimed to dramatise the extraordinary appeal of Irn-Bru in a likeably maverick style.[33] David Amers, Planning Director, said: Irn-Bru is the likeable maverick of the soft drinks market and these ads perfectly capture the brands spirit. One involved a grandfather (played by actor Robert Wilson) who removed his false teeth to spoil his grandsons interest in his can of Irn-Bru. A further TV advertisement featured a senior citizen in a motorised wheelchair robbing a local shopping market of a supply of Irn-Bru.[citation needed][34]

In 2004 Irn created a new concept Phenomenal.[35] In 2006 the company launched its first Christmas adverts. This campaign consisted of a parody commercial of a popular Christmas Cartoon, The Snowman, and was effective in interesting American audiences in the Irn-Bru brand.[36][better source needed]

Further advertising campaigns for Irn-Bru appeared in conjunction with the release of Irn-Bru 32 in 2006.[37][38]

A 2009 advertisement for the product featured a group of high school pupils performing a musical number, with the refrain Its fizzy, its ginger, its phenomenal! It was a parody of High School Musical, and starred Jack Lowden.[39][better source needed]

In 2012 the company changed its slogan to gets you through, which see a number of people drinking Irn-Bru to get through tough situations.[40]

In response to the Coca-Cola Share a Coke campaign, Barr decided to produce thousands of limited edition 750 ml bottles of Irn-Bru with the names Fanny, Senga, Rab and Tam on the label, mimicking that by Coca-Cola.[citation needed] The use of the name Fanny ties in with one of Irn-Brus controversial marketing advertisements.[41]

In December 2018, 12 years after the original Christmas advert left off, with the child being in a snow bank in Glasgow, returned to the screens as a sequel which involved the child taking a Seaplane to chase down the Snowman who had his Irn-Bru. In the end, the drink gets stolen by Santa.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

One of the most controversial Irn-Bru television adverts evoked 1950s entertainment. A mother plays the piano, while the father and two children deliver a song which ends with the mother singing: ...even though I used to be a man. This advertisement was broadcast in 2000, but when it was repeated in 2003, it led to seventeen complaints[42] about it being offensive to members of the transgender community. Issue A14 of the Ofcom Advertising Complaints bulletin reports that the childrens response to their mothers claim was not offensive. According to the advertising agency Leith, the advertisement was meant to create a sense of humor while confirming the maverick nature of the brand.[43][citation needed] However, the scene involving the mother shaving at the end of the advertisement was deemed by Ofcom to be capable of causing offence by strongly reinforcing negative stereotypes, and so it was taken off the air.[43][citation needed]

In 2003, an Irn-Bru commercial which showed a midwife trying to entice a baby from its mothers womb during a difficult delivery sparked fifty complaints. Some saw it as upsetting to women who had suffered miscarriages.[44]

One billboard that drew criticism featured a young woman in a bikini along with the slogan Diet Irn-Bru. I never knew 4+12 inches [11 cm] could give so much pleasure.[45] Another featured a picture of a cow with the slogan When Im a burger, I want to be washed down with Irn-Bru. This billboard resulted in over 700 complaints but was cleared by advertisement watchdogs.[46] A billboard which featured a depressed goth and the slogan Cheer up Goth. Have an Irn-Bru. was also criticised for inciting bullying.[47]

Brand portfolio[edit]

Name Launched
Irn-Bru 1901
Irn-Bru Sugar Free formerly Diet Irn-Bru (1991–2011) 1991
Irn-Bru XS 1995
Irn-Bru 32 2006
Fiery Irn-Bru 2011[48]
Irn-Bru XTRA 2016
Irn-Bru Energy 2019
Irn-Bru Energy Sugar Free 2019
Irn-Bru Crimbo Juice 2019
Irn-Bru 1901 2019

McCowans also produced Irn-Bru Bars, chewy, fizzy, bright orange confectionery bars which taste very strongly of Irn-Bru, though production ended in late 2005. Irn-Bru sorbet is available in some speciality ice cream shops in Scotland.

Irn-Bru and others[edit]

The drink can be used as a mixer with alcoholic beverages, mainly vodka and whisky.

Barr launched an alcopop drink combining Irn-Bru and Bells whisky, although this proved to be unpopular and was discontinued.[49] A later attempt came in the form of an official Irn-Bru flavour in the Red Square line-up of vodka-based drinks; this too has been discontinued.[citation needed]

Exports and foreign markets[edit]

Irn-Bru is manufactured under licence in Russia by the Moscow Brewing Company. Bru and other Barr products are exported to Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece and Cyprus, as well as parts of Africa and Asia. It is available in the Republic of Ireland, increasingly being stocked in BWG and ADM Londis supplied stores, as well as in supermarkets owned by Dunnes Stores and Tesco Ireland. In Ireland generally, the drink mainly sells in County Donegal. It is also available in Malta, Belgium and, as of 2005, in Poland. It is now sold in Iceland, as of 2011. A similarly named product, using the Iron Brew spelling but bearing little resemblance to Irn-Bru in flavour, colour or packaging, is produced by Coca-Cola in South Africa.

Australia[edit]

In Australia, Irn-Bru was manufactured and distributed under licence by Occasio Australia Pty Ltd until 2009. It was available in 500 ml and 1.25-litre in both standard and diet. The drink enjoyed growing success in the country, with its first advertising campaign launched in Queensland in September 2007. It was initially available in major chains such as Coles and Woolworths, Caltex service stations and in many independent grocers and convenience stores. It was then delisted at Coles supermarkets. Because of manufacturing and bottling issues, Occasio ceased local production in late 2009. It is now imported direct from the UK and distributed by British Provender Pty Ltd,[50] and can again be found in the international sections of major supermarket chains and some convenience stores.

Canada[edit]

Irn-Bru sold in Canada contained no caffeine until recently. In March 2010, Health Canada repealed the ban on caffeine on clear coloured soft drinks and now bottles of Irn-Bru have the label Now Contains caffeine on the packaging.[51] Irn-Bru in Canada is distributed by TFB & Associates Ltd from Markham, Ontario but is packaged by A.G. Barr in Glasgow, Scotland. Irn-Bru can be found at Sobeys, Co-Op and Walmart supermarkets.

The now-defunct McKinlay soft-drink company in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, for many years offered its own non-licensed beverage called Irn-Bru and later Cape Bretons Irn-Bru. It was a brown carbonated soft-drink with a fruity cola taste.

The standard Irn-Bru distributed in Canada also contains the Not a source of iron disclaimer on the label. The UK version of the drink (with caffeine) is commonly imported by speciality retailers, particularly in areas with large Scottish populations.[52]

Denmark[edit]

Irn-Bru started being sold at 7-Eleven. It has often appeared in the Danish supermarket Netto, Rema 1000 and Normal.[citation needed] Today only a few 7-Elevens in Denmark continue distributing Irn-Bru, while most Føtex and Bilka stores now stock Irn-Bru.

Finland[edit]

Imported Irn-Bru cans are found throughout Finland in some K-Citymarket locations and some independent stores.

Hong Kong[edit]

In Hong Kong, Irn-Bru can be found in selected Wellcome supermarkets, in and around areas where the expatriate population is significant such as the Sheung Wan and Central districts.

Middle East[edit]

A.G. Barr has launched its Irn-Bru product throughout the Middle East. Found mostly in LuLu supermarkets.

New Zealand[edit]

Irn-Bru is commonly available nationwide from supermarkets as cans and 1.25-litre plastic bottles. It is bottled by Oasis, the same company that bottles Coca-Cola. Imported Irn-Bru from Scotland is available from speciality stores.

Norway[edit]

Irn-Bru entered the Norwegian market in May 2008. They had to withdraw from the market again in 2009 as a result of problems with production agreements and lack of funding for marketing.

They were believed to be sponsoring the Norwegian First Division club Mjøndalen IF in 2009. This later turned out to be fraud carried out by a third party company, and Mjøndalen IF never received any sponsorship from Irn-Bru, even though the team played the 2009 season with Irn-Bru logo on their shirts.[53]

Russia[edit]

Irn-Bru began being sold in Russia in 1997, and by 2002 it had become their third best selling soft drink. After its original bottler went out of business, a new deal was signed for the drink to be manufactured and distributed in larger quantities by the Pepsi Bottling Group of Russia in 2002.[54] Its popularity has been attributed to the drinks apparent similarity to discontinued Soviet-era soft drinks.[54] As of 2011, Irn-Bru sales in Russia were still growing.[55]

Spain[edit]

Irn-Bru has been distributed in Spain since the early 1980s servicing primarily the large British communities residing in Spain. It can be found in key tourist areas such as the Balearic Islands, the Spanish coastal region and Canary Islands with both the regular and sugar-free variant available. Outside of the United Kingdom, Spain is among the top 10 Irn-Bru markets.

Jamaica[edit]

Irn-Bru has been available in some independent or specialty stores in both cans and 1.25-litre bottles since at least 2011.

United States[edit]

Irn-Bru and Diet Irn-Bru have been formulated since 2002 by A.G. Barr plc to meet the regulations for food colouring of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Ponceau 4R, used in the UK formulation, is prohibited by the FDA. Barr uses alternative food and drink colourants manufactured by a US company approved by the FDA. The product labelling also meets US labelling standards on nutritional information and bar code. Compliant Irn-Bru is solely imported by Great Scot International in Charlotte, North Carolina, who supplies distributors and retailers throughout the US. It is supplied in 500 ml PET bottles and 4 pack 330ml cans.

See also[edit]

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