Altia has signed a deal to acquire Xanté Co from the Swedish Tilander family.

The Finland-based company said today (23 January) that Xanté and its namesake pear-infused Cognac brand will strengthen its position in the Nordic drinks markets. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Altia's CEO, Antti Pankakoski, said: "The acquisition of the Xanté premium brand represents a perfect fit with Altia’s strategy by expanding our market presence in the Nordics and Baltics and increasing our critical mass in Nordic Travel Retail." In 2010, Altia acquired several Nordic drinks brands from Pernod Ricard, including Explorer vodka, Lord Calvert whisky and Renault Cognac. 

The Tilander family will retain the licence to sell Xanté in the US and Canada. The owner of Xanté Co, Jörgen Tilander, said: "We look forward to being partners with Altia and to continue to build a success for Xanté."

The spirit has an abv of 17%.