Social media plan to storm Barr’s factory

AG Barr changed the recipe of its popular product last year to comply with the UK Government's sugar-tax. Pic: SWNS
AG Barr changed the recipe of its popular product last year to comply with the UK Government's sugar-tax. Pic: SWNS

More than 2000 people have declared an interest in ‘storming’ the Irn Bru factory in Cumbernauld - because they want the original recipe back.

The online campaign has been launched by lovers of the soft drink fed up with the new brew - which has less sugar.

There is now a viral plan to raid the AG Barr factory, steal the original recipe and any stores of old Irn Bru cans and bottles.

The campaign states: “We want full fat back, what they gonna do, phone the polis.”

So far 748 people have responded to the Facebook event, set to take place on November 15, to say they are going, with nearly 2000 more saying they are interested.

Last year AG Barr changed the recipe of its popular product to comply with the UK Government’s sugar-tax.

Irn Bru’s sugar content was slashed by half, from around 10g per 100ml to just below 5g.

The move attracted widespread dismay among fans of the orange-coloured fizzy drink, with a petition titled “Hands off our Irn Bru” set up in response.

It attracted more than 6,000 signatures.

As the new recipe was introduced, some sweet-toothed drinkers even started stockpiling the fizzy drink.

The page is reminiscent of the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” American Facebook event, which encouraged people to invade the secretive, no-go US Air Force base in Nevada, in search of alien life.

Posting on the event page, one cheeky attendee uploaded a picture of a topless man in a kilt saying: “Photo of the front line troops.”

Others commented: “This event should be retitled ‘Storm Area Fizzy Wan’” and “I’ll be outside with a stall selling Irn Bru if anyone wants any. 2 fur a £1.”

Someone else added: “I miss the original recipe! Why not give us the choice and charge a bit extra? I’d pay.”

A spokeswoman for AG Barr responded: “We’re always up for online banter but seriously, any potential stormers will be disappointed; there’s not been original recipe Bru on site for well over a year.”