Pernod Ricard told Polish press yesterday that talks to finalise the acquisition of around 80% of Polmos Poznan, the maker of Wyborowa vodka, should be completed by the end of June.

Yves Flaisier, president of the Pernod subsidiary Agros, also said that the company hoped to increase Wyborowa's domestic market share from the current 3.5% to 10% within five years.

Wyborowa is also expected to be pushed strongly abroad, particularly in the US.

Pernod's attempt to buy Poznan is part of a deal that will see Agros hand back the foreign trademark rights to vodkas produced by other polmoses. The deal will be implemented once Pernod takes over Poznan.

Pernod is also negotiating separately a deal with Polmos Bialystok to continue on as the foreign distributor of Zubrowka, the bison grass vodka.