Ukrainian distiller Soyuz-Victan will launch its flagship SV Supreme vodka brand in the US market this autumn.

The group, which has produced alcoholic beverages in the Ukraine and Russia since 1994, has created a new company called Soyuz-Victan USA to oversee the importing, sales and marketing of products in the country. It will be led by Soyuz's general director for US, Mark McKethan, a former vice president of sales at Allied Domecq.

"Our critical relationships have been established and the wheels are in motion for an exciting and successful launch. Now, we can focus our attention on marketing and sales initiatives that will create a buzz for SV Supreme vodka among our trade partners and consumers alike," said McKethan.

Soyuz has signed advertising, public relations and trade marketing groups in the US as it bids to penetrate the country's vodka market.

Soyuz-Victan's export director Yaroslav Bondarenko added: "US consumers are not only drinking vodka, but they are looking for the next new brand. We have a great tasting, super-premium vodka that offers the perfect mix of superior quality, versatility and authentic Russian heritage."