The French wines and spirits group Remy Cointreau is aiming to launch its spirits brand Bols into the world's top-15 spirits brands by 2006, and will invest €25m a year on brand building to achieve that aim.

The company intends to target the markets of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Americas. Bols currently operates in 110 countries worldwide.

Huub van Doorne, a Remy board member in charge of Bols, said yesterday that the group would need to increase sales by around 25% to 5m nine-litre cases, from the current 3.5m to 4m within three years.

Those sales would make the brand bigger than either Glenfiddich or Bailey's, he said.

Remy acquired Bols in 2001 and the business now accounts for 12-13% of the group's €1.02 billion turnover.