Brown-Forman has acquired the French raspberry liqueur brand Chambord.

The US drinks company announced today (16 March) that it had reached agreement with Chambord's owner and producer, Charles Jacquin et Cie, to purchase the brand and assets for a cash sum of US$255m.

"We have a particular way of going about building brands, and we feel that this brand fits that profile," a spokesperson for B-F told just-drinks today. "It's characteristic of (B-F-owned) Southern Comfort and Tuaca in that it is unique and doesn't have any direct competitors. It is a must-stock brand here in the US."

Chambord has seen around 85% of its volumes being sold in the US, the majority of which has come from the on-trade, where it is used in cocktails. "It's done well since it originated in the early 80s, but we think we can do even better with it," the spokesperson added.

Looking at future growth for Chambord, the spokesperson said that B-F would look to grow the brand outside the US, although he would not be drawn on specifics. "Total case volume in 2005 was 145,000 cases, so it's a good-sized brand but it has a great opportunity to grow," the spokesperson added.

"We are thrilled to add Chambord to Brown-Forman's portfolio of brands," added Paul Varga, B-F's CEO. "We have admired from afar the healthy, consistent manner in which it has been built, and look forward to developing it further in the many years ahead."