Pernod Ricard's chief executive Pierre Pringuet has attended meetings with politicians on a recent trip to Sweden, suggesting that the French company remains interested in buying its rival Vin & Sprit.

Speaking to just-drinks today (29 August), a spokesperson for Pernod confirmed that the head of the company visited two parts of Sweden during his trip. The focus of the excursion included a visit to the Swedish town of Åhus, where the company produces its Absolut vodka brand, but the delegation stopped short of visiting the main production plant in the town. Meetings were also held with politicians and journalists in Stockholm.

The Swedish parliament is set to vote on the Government's proposal to privatise Absolut's owner, Vin & Sprit, in September.

In May of this year, Pernod confirmed that Pringuet had visited Sweden in mid-April, to visit "wheat farmers, local newspapers and local syndicates" in and around Åhus.