Vin & Sprit has completed the clearance of one of its Swedish facilities, with its Cognac production moving to Cognac, France.

Speaking to just-drinks today (21 February), a spokesperson for the Sweden-based state-owned company confirmed that the transfer of operations from its Sundsvall plant is now complete. Production of its Grönstedt Cognac brand switched to France late last year, with the first delivery of the relocated brand hitting Sweden this month.

"As well as moving our Cognac production to France, we have sent our whisky production to France, our aquavits and vodkas to Denmark and our liqueurs to our facilities in Finland," the spokesperson said. Production of V&S' Absolut vodka brand remains unaffected by the move, with Absolut operations continuing in Aarhus in the country, the spokesperson noted.

The Sundsvall site will now be mothballed, pending the sale of V&S at some point in the first half of this year, the spokesperson added.

"We announced the closure of our site in Sundsvall early last year," the spokesperson continued. "Domestic spirits sales have been falling in the last few years, and Sundsvall consequently was only running at around half its capacity.

"In 1993, the Swedish market stood at around 40m litres. Today, it is at around 17.5m litres."

The spokesperson blamed the fact that consumers were bringing more spirits into the country from abroad for the poor performance.