Pernod Ricard has announced plans to cease distribution of Campari International's brands in southern Central Europe.

The drinks giant said late last week that the distribution arrangement with Campari International in the region will end next month, allowing Pernod to "develop the former Allied Domecq brands acquired by Pernod whilst using the strength of the acquired distribution business".

Pernod's southern Central European unit said: "By February, the performance of the wholly-owned and long-term agency brands has been such that Pernod Ricard Southern Central Europe now plans to further increase focus on the wholly-owned and long-term agency brands in the region."

The distribution agreement, which has operated in the region for 14 years, will cease on 30 April.

Pernod's southern Central European region covers Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Bulgaria.