Pernod Ricard has confirmed plans to end its distribution deal with Remy Cointreau across southern central European markets.

The company said today (21 April) that, from 30 June, it shall cease to distribute Metaxa products across Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania & Bulgaria.

Since acquiring Allied Domecq with Fortune Brands in 2005, Pernod said, the French firm has sought to develop its new additions whilst "using the strength of the acquired distribution business".

The company added that, by February, the performance of the brands has been such that it now plans to "further increase focus" upon those brands in the region.

Last month, Pernod announced plans to cease distribution of Campari International's brands in southern Central Europe. The distribution arrangement with in the region will end this month.

Nobody from Pernod was available for comment when contacted by just-drinks today (21 April).