Belvédère has posted a huge leap in sales for last year, thanks to its purchase of Marie Brizard & Roger International.

The French wine and spirits group said yesterday (14 February) that sales for the 12-month period came in at EUR475.2m (US$620.3m), a 223.5% leap compared to EUR146.9m a year earlier.

On an organic basis, excluding acquisitions, sales rose by 8.6% in the year to EUR159.6m.

In volume terms, wine sales were up organically by 27.9% to 2.1m nine-litre cases. Spirits sales slid slightly, however, by 1.1% to 9m cases. Including acquisitions, however, wine sales soared in volume terms by 762.8% to 14.2m cases, as spirits jumped by 37.4% to 12.5m cases.

Prior to being bought by Belvédère in April 2006, the Marie Brizard group was selling more than 15m cases per year. Its spirits division included brands such as Gautier Cognac, Old Lady's gin, and the William Pitters range, which includes William Peel, San Jose Tequila and William Pitterson cocktails. In 2005, its turnover was EUR336m.

Belvédère is part-owned by Caribbean conglomerate CL Financial, whose drinks interests also including Cognac producer Hine and Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart.