UK drinks giant Allied Domecq said today it has acquired family-owned business Kuemmerling, Germany's fourth-largest spirits brand for DM398m (US$185m). Commenting on the acquisition, Allied's chief executive Philip Bowman said: "The acquisition of Kuemmerling represents a significant addition to our existing operations in Germany, Europe's largest spirits market, where Allied Domecq will now rank as the fourth largest spirits company.