Carlsberg has shown an interest in Vin & Sprit, the makers of Absolut vodka, after the Swedish government sanctioned the sale of the wine and spirits company.

As cited in daily Dagens Industri, chairman of Carlsberg's Swedish operations, Paul Bergqvist told the newspaper: "This would be an exciting cooperation for Carlsberg. We already have cooperation with Vin & Sprit which we could develop much more."

Carlsberg has been eyeing Vin & Sprit's wine and distiller units, according to the newspaper.

Bergqvist added: "Absolut does not fit our portfolio. We think Absolut can be developed even better by those who are specialists at spirits."

The interest from the Danish brewer follows recent news that the Swedish parliament has approved plans to sell stakes in V&S, as well as five other companies.

Pernod Ricard and Fortune Brands are also among the companies considered to be the favourites to acquire the Swedish drinks maker.