Diageo has handed the sales, distribution and marketing of two of its smaller spirits brands in the UK to Global Brands.

The UK arm of the drinks giant confirmed today (20 February) that independent Global Brands will take over the handling of Goldschlager schnapps and Myers's Jamaican dark rum in the UK market.

The move will allow Global Brands to focus on the smaller Diageo brands, which are overshadowed in the Diageo portfolio by Archer's schnapps and Captain Morgan dark rum in the UK market.

"Goldschlager is a very well recognised brand in the marketplace and there is a huge opportunity for us to grow its market share further," said Global Brands' managing director, Steven Perez. ""Myers's has great distribution outside Great Britain and is already popular with many upmarket on-trade establishments, including lifestyle and cocktail bars and hotels.

"Both brands fit well with our distribution base and also with our continued expansion into the spirit market, as we look to grow our premium range."

Goldschlager and Myers's will sit alongside Danzka and Sobieski vodkas and Ypioca Cachaça in Global Brand's UK portfolio.

Diageo will continue to control production of the two drinks.