Ukrainian vodka producer Soyuz-Victan has snapped up local distiller and distributor Knyazhiy Grad for an undisclosed sum.

Soyuz-Victan said the acquisition would help it achieve its target of doubling its volumes this year to 20m cases.

Knyazhiy Grad's leading vodka brand Mernaya sells 1.3m cases a year. Soyuz-Victan's two main brands, SV and Medoff, sell 6.5m and 3.4m cases annually.

Knyazhiy Grad will continue to produce its stable of vodkas and plans a raft of wine and brandy launches in the Ukraine in the coming months this year, Soyuz-Victan said yesterday (27 April).