Radico Khaitan, the second-largest spirits manufacturer in India, has entered into joint ventures in the UK and western Africa.

According to local reports, the ventures will help the company roll out its brands in the UK and African markets. Radico Khaitan has plans to handle the sales, marketing and distribution functions while the manufacturing will be outsourced to the local partners. Production is likely to begin later this month.  

Radico Khaitan's Contessa rum and Magic Moments vodka are said to be set to enter the UK market while the company's whiskey brands - 8PM, Whytehall and Special Appointment will be rolled out into Africa.

Officials at Radico Khaitan were unavailable for comment as just-drinks went to press.