Following on from David Powell’s work surveying the Irn-Bru company archive, Archive Service’s staff enjoyed an afternoon at the company’s new headquarters, production and distribution unit at Cumbernauld. Irn-Bru are very proud of their heritage; Barr’s soft drinks business was started by the current Chairman Robin Barr’s great grandfather Robert Barr in Falkirk in 1875. Proof of this is the exhibition which is installed in the headquarters reception area which traces the development of the company and its brands over the last century. This exhibition uses a great deal of original advertising and artefacts, including a sample of the official Irn-Bru tartan. One of the most popular exhibits is the television adverts where you can choose any of Irn-Bru’s unconventional adverts to view. In addition viewing to the exhibition and the company history film, we also enjoyed a tour of the impressive production unit, where four lines churn out glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans of Barr’s soft drinks for distribution across the UK and Europe.
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