CHINA/RUSSIA: Synergy teams with Camus to launch Beluga in China

By | 9 September 2013

Synergy Group will launch Beluga vodka in China through Camuss subsidiary in the country

Synergy Group will launch Beluga vodka in China through Camus's subsidiary in the country

Synergy Group has partnered with Camus Wines & Spirits to launch its Beluga vodka brand in China.

The Russian company confirmed late last week that Camus's Chinese unit, Yuan Liu International Trade Co, will handle the distribution of Beluga in the country. The move marks the brand's entry into the Chinese market, where consumers are moving away from 'brown' alcohol towards vodka, Synergy has claimed.

“The company continues to expand its international presence, coming with Beluga brand to the new foreign markets,” said Synergy's CEO, Alexander Mechetin. “China represents one of the most perspective directions, not only by number of the population of the country, but also on the current trends in the sphere of spirits. As a whole in the Asian region, and in the People's Republic of China in particular, a shift of consumer trend from 'brown' alcohol towards vodka is observed.”

Camus, which owns the namesake Cognac brand, has spent the last ten years expanding “beyond Cognac and its traditional stronghold in travel retail through a heightened focus on other product categories and duty-paid markets”, the company said.

“This agreement underscores the close working relationship which we already enjoy with Synergy Group and takes it beyond the borders of Russia,” said company president, Cyril Camus. “The Beluga brand is a perfect fit within Camus’s existing portfolio of high-end wine and spirits.”

Earlier this year, Camus signed a deal with Château de Laubade to distribute the Armagnac producer's brands in the travel retail channel.

Expert analysis

Vodka in China to 2016: Databook

"Vodka in China to 2016: Databook" contains detailed historic and forecast Vodka consumption analysis, segmented at a category level. It provides year on year growth figures for the different types of Vodka available in China, as well as volume data based on price segments and alcoholic strength.

Sectors: Emerging markets – BRIC, Spirits

Companies: Camus

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