SPI Group has appointed Gabriel Bocti as official importer and distributor for Stolichnaya, Stolichnaya Elit, and Moskovskaya vodka in the Lebanese duty paid market.   

The appointment follows the termination of the distribution agreement between Pernod Ricard and Gabriel Bocti, SPI Group said today (7 November).

Pernod Ricard gave up its global distribution rights to Stolichnaya after winning the auction of Sweden's Vin & Sprit, owner of Absolut vodka.

The SPI Group and Gabriel Bocti have been in business together since 1991. Gabriel Bocti has managed Stolichnaya since 1994 and developed the brand to a 42% market share in Lebanon, according to SPI.

"Gabriel Bocti has been a great partner for the SPI Group over the years and we look forward to continue our cooperation and further develop Stolichnaya, Elit and Moskovskaya in the Lebanese market", said Martin van't Zelfde, CMO of the SPI Group.