Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has secured a licence to distribute drinks in the US state of Indiana.

The licence, granted by the State of Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, expands RNDC's reach in the US, where it employs 7,000 people.

RNDC will operate in Indiana in a joint venture with fellow distributor National Wine & Spirits (NWS).

"RNDC’s new joint venture in Indiana provides the opportunity to harness the power of Indiana’s largest and most professional wine and spirits distributor with the nation’s second largest wholesale network," said Tom Cole president of RNDC USA.

"With RNDC’s ‘best in class’ resources and support, combined with NWS’ market knowledge, the new company will continue to add and create value for our customers, suppliers and associates," said NWS's chairman, Jim LaCrosse.