Leading malt whisky distiller, Morrison Bowmore Distillers (MBD) has been appointed as the new UK distributor for the classic Italian vermouth, Cinzano

The appointment, which takes immediate effect, sees the UK distribution move from Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines UK Ltd to the Glasgow-based Morrison Bowmore Distillers.

Kenneth MacKay, global sales & marketing director for MBD told just-drinks.com: "We have reached a stage in our development curve where adding brands such as Cinzano clearly provides synergies with our existing Sales, Marketing and Logistics operations, and builds on our successes to date."

UK sales and marketing director, Steve Webb, added: " Cinzano is an ideal brand for our portfolio and we provide a clear focus for the development of this classic brand."

MBD have been expanding their directly controlled sales operation in recent years and they now have the muscle to take third party brands to all channels of the UK wines and spirits trade.

Flagship brand Bowmore now enjoys worldwide sales in excess of 100,000 cases and the company is expecting strong growth in their priority markets in 2002.Within 5 years the company are aiming at 150,000 cases throughout the world and news on investment in advertising and promotion as well as distribution and logistics in key markets is expected shortly.