Irn Bru: made in Scotland using wind power

Roger White

Barr Soft Drinks will power its operations across the UK with fossil fuel-free electricity following a new deal with Swedish energy group Vattenfall.

The 10-year contract will provide 100% renewable electricity to Barr’s factories in Cumbernauld and Milton Keynes, as well as regional sites in Bolton, Forfar, Newcastle, Sheffield, West Midlands and Manchester.

Vattenfall’s UK wind farms will supply the soft drinks producer with 22GWh per year – the equivalent electricity used by 6,000 homes annually.

Barr’s boss Roger White (pictured) said: “We’re always looking for new ways to innovate and we’re excited to work with Vattenfall, who specialise in doing things differently. Introducing 100% renewable electricity across all our UK sites is a big step towards reducing our carbon footprint and delivering our ambitious sustainable business goals.”