The spirit division of UB Group has signed bottling agreements in three countries, according to press reports. The Nation wrote yesterday that officials at the Indian-based company said that a definite pact was in place for bottling arrangements with local distilleries in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but refused to provide details.

The newspaper quotes Vijay Rekhi, president of UB's spirits division, saying that the arrangement in Pakistan covers mainly Black Dog Scotch Whisky, while in Thailand and Sri Lanka it involves the company's rums as well.

"This is a step towards the globalisation of our products," Rekhi told the Nation.