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Buckfast is going to be sold in cans for the first time*

*But possibly not in Ireland.

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A COMPANY THAT distributes Buckfast have said that their famous ‘tonic wine’ is going to be sold in cans for the first time.

From this summer, fans of the drink’s unique effect will be able to buy it in 25cl cans, as well as the traditional 75cl glass bottle.

“Some of our customers will be going to barbecues and a chilled can of Buckfast would be the ideal product to take along,” a spokesperson for UK distributors J Chandler told the Daily Record.

But wait! Don’t all rush for the canal bank just yet – the cans might be only in the UK for now.

Buckfast is distributed in Ireland by a different firm, Findlater Wine and Spirit Group. The company’s offices were closed this afternoon so it was not possible to confirm any Irish plans.

In Britain, the cans will initially be in a limited run of 16,000, STV reports. If they prove successful J Chandler will consider making the new packaging permanent.

The company said the new cans were partially a response to Scottish government concerns about alcohol sales, and a call for wine to be packaged in smaller measures.

However, a Scottish government spokesperson told the Daily Record they had not called for bottles or cans to be made smaller. Instead the official focus is on setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol, the spokesperson said.

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