The producer of Absolut vodka, Sweden's Vin & Sprit (V&S), has been awarded the exclusive rights to negotiate the purchase of Polish state-owned distillery Polmos Zielona Gora, the treasury ministry said on Monday.

Zielona Gora is the country's third largest vodka producer and makes the Luksusowa brand. With 10% of the domestic market it sells close to 500m zlotys (US$121m) of alcohol a year.

The sale is part of the on-going privatisation of the Polish vodka industry and continues V&S's own strategy to build itself into a global drinks company.

Earlier this year Vin & Sprit said it wanted to become one of the world's top five liquor groups in five years.