C&C Group has finally secured international distribution for its drinks portfolio.

The Irish group has been looking for distributors since Pernod Ricard's takeover of Allied Domecq in July and had signalled it would announce fresh deals by October. Allied had previously distributed the C&C stable, which includes Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey and Magners cider.

C&C had been particularly keen to secure distribution in the US, its largest export market, and has agreed a deal with Skyy Spirits, Campari's subsidiary across the Atlantic.

Alan Lewis, senior vice-president, general manager of C&C International said: "C&C's strategy of finding the best distributor for every market tied in with Skyy looking to broaden its portfolio through third party relationships."

Gerard Ruvo, president and CEO of Skyy Spirits said C&C's brand would add "rich heritage" to the group's portfolio. "These Irish brands will allow us to continue down a path of marketing and selling quality brands with innovation and style while maximising profit for our partners," he added.

Under the same deal, Italian drinks giant Campari will distribute C&C's brands in Brazil and through its joint ventures in the Benelux.

C&C signed a similar agreement with Maxxium Worldwide for the UK, Germany - covering Tullamore Dew only - and Bulgaria.

C&C chief executive Maurice Pratt said: "We have succeeded in our objective to secure leading distributors in each of our markets and we look forward to working with our new partners to drive continued growth of our international spirits and liqueur brands."

The company added that it had appointed "strong, independently-owned local distributors" in its other export markets.

The agreements will come into force when C&C's contracts with Allied expire in January. C&C had distributed Allied's portfolio in Ireland but added that agreement would come to an end on 1 February.