Corby Distilleries has extended its licence deals with the SPI Group, C&C International in Canada, but is to lose rights to several Beam Global Spirits & Wine brands.

The company, which holds the licence for Pernod Ricard's brands in Canada, said yesterday (5 March) that it will represent SPI's Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka brands in the country for a further five years.

At the same time, Corby also entered into an agreement with C&C to continue its representation of C&C's cream liqueur brand, Carolans Irish Cream, for a further three years.

As part of the negotiations, however, Corby said its representation of other C&C brands, including Frangelico liqueur, will expire.

Meanwhile, Corby said it has received a notice of termination of its representation of certain brands from a subsidiary of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, including Courvoisier Cognac.

Corby will cease its representation of such brands from 19 April. It said that it expects to receive compensation of "an amount equal to the commissions that Corby would have earned during the notice period under the previous agreement". Specific figures were not disclosed.

As of 1 April, Beam Global and Edrington Group will transform the Maxxium distribution venture into a new international distribution alliance between the two firms. Current Maxxium partner Remy Cointreau will quit the venture at the end of March.  

Corby president and CEO Con Constandis said: "The changes we announced today streamline our agency portfolio allowing us to focus on the best opportunities for both value growth and strategic leverage behind our owned-portfolio."

Last month, Corby posted a slight lift in half-year sales, although profits in the six-month period dipped due to FOREX issues.