The European Commission has announced its latest tranche of funding to help European Union (EU) drinks producers sell products outside the EU.

Maybe the most significant grant is EUR1.43m being paid over three years by Brussels to Lithuania to boost exports of wines and spirits.

Another large grant is a one-year payment of EUR884,698 to Poland for promoting sales of carrot juice. And Brussels plans to spend EUR450,000 on promoting non-EU wine exports from France's Alsace and Côtes du Rhône regions, as well as Spanish sherry.

EU grants have to be matched by local spending, from national governments and industry bodies.