The merger of the Chilean pisco cooperative Pisco Control and the pisco unit of CCU took a step forward yesterday, when a court ruled that Control's general meeting on the deal could go ahead.

A dissident pisco cooperative - part of Pisco Control - had filed a suit to block plans for the merger.

However, the La Serena court of appeals ruled Control's general meeting could go ahead, according to newspaper Valor Futuro.

It emerged in late February that there had been talks between CCU and the cooperative that owns Control. A takeover by CCU would give it a 52% share in the local pisco market.

Pisco is an alcoholic beverage distilled from grapes in southern Peru and northern Chile.