Russian Standard has secured permanent listings for its vodka range in Finland.

The company, owned by Russian entrepreneur Roustam Tariko, said yesterday (27 September) that the Finnish State alcohol distribution authority, Alko, will handle the distribution and sales of its vodka brands in the country. Alko has over 160 retail stores across Finland, and will stock Russian Standard Platinum and Imperia in its premium outlets and through its ordering assortment catalogues.

Alko first listed Russian Standard's products at the end of August last year on a one-year trial basis. The distributor has subsequently decided to make the move permanent, in light of Russian Standard "having exceeded Alko's sales performance requirements", the Russian company said.

"We are pleased to have reached such an important milestone in our journey to bring Russia's number one premium vodka to the people of Finland," said Leonid Yangarber, export director for Russian Standard Vodka. "This listing will accelerate the growth of our brands in Finland, and we look forward to leveraging Alko's scale and reach to achieve our goal of becoming the leading premium vodka in this important market."

The permanent listing follows the arrival of Russian Standard's Platinum brand in the Indian market last month. The company's brands are now available in over 40 countries around the world.