Core investors in Pernod Ricard have formed a shareholder pact with Japanese brewer Kirin, which holds a 3.7% stake in the French drinks giant.

A group of shareholders, including members of the Ricard family, holding a combined 13.7% stake in Pernod, have agreed with Kirin to vote unanimously on resolutions at the company AGMs.

The pact will cover 21% of the voting rights in Pernod.