Wine, beer and spirits merchant PLB Group has signed an agreement to import Delaforce Port in the UK.

Delaforce, which was bought last year by The Royal Oporto Group from the Fladgate Port Partnership for an undisclosed fee, will be imported to the UK by PLB with immediate effect, the company said yesterday (9 February)

The Royal Oporto Group has revamped the Delaforce brand, which was established by George Henry Delaforce in 1868, to "better emphasise its heritage and premium credentials".

"Our job will be to communicate its heritage and excellence to the trade in order to take the brand to a leading position in the specialist sector," said PLB brand manager, Adam Wyartt.

PLB will target the brand at the on-trade and independent retailers.

The Delaforce core range includes 'His Eminence's Choice' 10-year-old Tawny, priced at GBP15.99 (US$24), and 'Curious & Ancient' 20-year-old Tawny, priced at GBP25.99.

Global Port exports fell by 5% in volume last year, George Sandeman, vice president of the Port Institute (IVDP), told just-drinks  in January.