Scottish & Newcastle has announced that Scottish Courage, its UK beer division, has secured a supply and distribution agreement for 900 Nomura owned pubs.

The new business, which will be known within Nomura as Voyager Pub Group, means that key Scottish Courage draught and packaged brands will run alongside those of Nomura's current supplier Bass Brewers.

Scottish Courage hopes to launch these key brands, which include Foster's, John Smith's, Kronenbourg 1664, Miller and Courage Best into the estate this spring.

Scottish Courage will also work with the Voyager Pub Group (under the terms of the distribution agreement) to transfer the distribution to the 900 pubs of beers, cider and soft drinks from Tradeteam to Scottish Courage. The distribution agreements for all of the Nomura pub businesses will run until 2006.

Graham Kendrick, chairman of Scottish Courage said: "This is a great business win for Scottish Courage and further extends a leadership position built on the quality of our brands and our service.

"Over a number of years we have worked to build a relationship with Nomura and to provide outstanding service to their tenants. And we are delighted to have this opportunity to extend the relationship."

He continued: "Contract distribution is an increasingly important service to multiple retailers in the UK on-trade market and Scottish Courage is committed to being the leading provider of these services."

Scottish Courage already provides the same distribution service for Nomura's established pub businesses, Unique Pub Co and Inn Partnership.