Danish brewery Bryggerigruppen announced yesterday that it has bought a 51% share in distributor Impec Holding SAS for €3.5m (US$3.8 m).

Impec Holding has an average annual turnover of €1.8m ($1.9m), and currently distributes Bryggerigruppen's non-alcoholic malt drink Vitamalt in Guadeloupe and French Guinea. The two companies have also signed a deal which will allow Impec to distribute Bryggerigruppen's products on the island of Martinique from early next year.

Impec's accounts will not be included in Bryggerigruppen's financial statement until the fourth quarter of 2004.