Ito En Ltd is to start selling Evian-brand mineral water in Japan, after it signed a deal with with Calpis Co, which imports the drink.

Ito En has a good portfolio of teas but lacks diversity in other beverage sectors, The company said it is hoping to create sales synergy through the alliance with Calpis.

The company hopes to sell 400,000 cases (one case contains 24 bottles) of 330ml PET bottles annually through its 80,000 vending machines nationwide.