Despite closure rumours, Irn-Bru maker AG Barr confirms it won't cease production for the time being as thorough safety measures have been put in place to keep factory workers safe.

Explaining that though these are unprecedented times, Roger White, chief executive at AG Barr, stated that they are doing all they can to keep their workers safe and confirmed their factories will remain open while it is safe to do so, he said: “Our primary focus is on the safety and wellbeing of our employees.

“Those who can are working from home and we have taken measures to protect our most vulnerable people.

“For our colleagues who work in key production and delivery roles, we have introduced strict safety, hygiene and two-metre social distancing measures – our direct delivery teams, for example, are now travelling in separate vehicles and are not entering customer premises.”

Mr White added that the iconic soft drinks firm, which is also behind the Rubicon, Strathmore and Funkin brands, has been following Government guidance since the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to do so, he said: “The food and drink sector has been identified as having an essential role to play and, along with other food and drink businesses, we are working closely with the Government to support them, helping to keep shop shelves well-stocked.

“For the time being our sites remain operational and we are extremely grateful to our dedicated employees, and partners, who are ensuring we play our part in sustaining the food and drink supply chain.”

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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