Scottish & Newcastle UK (S&N UK) is taking over the marketing and distribution of Zywiec beer in the UK.

The Heineken-owned unit said today (29 January) that it will hold the exclusive rights in the country for the brand, which is owned by Polish company Grupa Zywiec, also controlled by Heineken.

Distribution of Zywiec has until now been handled in the UK by Brand Distribution & Development Ltd (BDD).

"We are delighted to welcome Zywiec beer as the latest addition to our premium lager portfolio," said Jonathan Townsend, speciality brands director, S&N UK.

"There are over 1m Poles currently residing in the UK who are estimated to consume over 1m hectolitres of beer per annum. Whilst we recognise that this is a relatively transient target market, ...  we will be able to significantly grow the brand in the UK."

Michael McKeown, supply chain and export director of Grupa Zywiec, added: "Given the strength of its distribution network and depth of experience in the UK beer market, we are confident that S&N UK is well-placed to leverage the huge growth potential of our flagship brand."

S&N UK became part of Heineken in April last year, when the Dutch company teamed up with Carlsberg to buy and break-up S&N.