Philipson & Soderberg AB, Swedens' largest wine and spirit importer and the Scandinavian Beverage Group (SBG) have merged to form the largest privately-owned beverage importer in the Nordic region.

In a statement the companies said: "SBG has worked to strengthen their presence in Sweden through acquisitions and organic growth during the last three years. In joining forces with Philipson & Söderberg (P&S), SBG has reached its goal to be the leading private group of companies within imported wine and spirits in Sweden."

With the addition of P&S, SBG's combined turnover excluding taxes, will exceed €210m, making SBG the Nordic leader within branded imported beverages. SBG will have a market share of approximately 13% in Sweden and 12% Pan Nordic

Managing director and partner of Philipson & Söderberg, Fredrik Siösteen, said: "In the process leading up to this agreement we have felt increasingly assured that SBG is the perfect partner for our company and the best solution for P&S moving forward. The agreement allows for business-as-usual in addition to the further development of P&S. The unique SBG business model and structure provides the opportunity to build on synergies and to capture an even larger market share."

SBG group director and co-CEO, Thomas Føyen said: "With P&S as part of our group, we have clearly placed ourselves at the top of the podium both in Sweden and Pan Nordic. P&S was our first choice due to their excellent position and brand portfolio, together with their excellence in the sales and marketing of wine & spirits brands over a decade. P&S is simply the perfect match, it completes our objective for the Swedish market and progresses our vision to be the Pan Nordic partner of choice, providing the best future opportunities for the brand owners that work with companies that are a part of our group"