The distribution of Guinness in France is returning to Kronenbourg/Scottish and Newcastle, ending a five-year stint with InBev.

Guinness France said today (5 June) that the switch would be made at the begining of next month.

"We saw an opportunity with InBev five years ago, but now our strategy has evolved," said Sandrine Morales of Guinness France.

Morales said there were three reasons for the change - to improve Guinness' route to the on-trade market in France, to develop increased supermarket sales, and to upgrade quality training of bar staff and wholesalers.

"Kronenbourg will be better at getting Guinness to more bars in France and it has strong relations with supermarkets such as Carrefour, E.Leclerc and Intermarché," said Morales.

A new training programme will also be launched by Kronenbourg for bar staff and wholesalers in September. "Quality is a key driver for us, and this matches our strategy," Morales added.

Kronenbourg said they welcomed the arrival of Guinness and Kilkenny, allowing them to complete their offer in this speciality area.

InBev said the decision was taken entirely by Diageo, without consulting InBev, and refused to comment further.