The aperitif brand will be Manchester Uniteds official spirits sponsor

The aperitif brand will be Manchester United's official spirits sponsor

Gruppo Campari's Italian aperitif brand Aperol is to become the official global spirits sponsor of Manchester United Football Club. 

The drinks firm has signed a deal for the tie-up to start from 1 January next year, it revealed after yesterday's first-half results. “This is a huge franchise that has a huge global following... and will give Aperol a very nice boost in terms of visibility,” Campari's CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz told analysts on a conference call. More details of the link-up would be revealed later in the year, he added. 

Aperol suffered in Campari's H1 as poor weather in Europe dragged its sales down by 10%. The 11% abv brand has also been affected by a commercial dispute in Germany with a “key” retailer, Campari said without giving details. Aperol's main markets are Italy, Germany and Austria, according to Campari's website.