Finnish distributor Servaali has insisted that its partnership with Heineken in the Scandinavian country will continue with a deal to handle the brands including Murphy's and Buckler.

Servaali lost the distribution rights to the Heineken brand this week when the Dutch brewing giant signed a deal with Finnish brewer and soft drinks group Olvi.

However, Servaali's managing director Teemu Lahto told just-drinks that due to "strategic reasons" the company could not agree on the "future goals" of the Heineken brand.

However, Servaali product manager Katri Karvonen added: "It was natural to draw a new long-term contract with our partner Heineken concerning other considerable Heineken owned brands. With great enthusiasm we will strive to further develop the future of these brands in the Finnish market."

Earlier this year, Belgian brewing giant InBev signed a distribution deal for global flagship brand Beck's in Finland. Servaali already distributes a number of InBev brands in neighbouring Estonia.

Servaali is one of the largest privately-owned importers of alcoholic beverages in Finland and is clear market leader in the imported premium beer segment. The company has nationwide distribution across Finland.