Russian Standard Vodka has introduced its Original and Imperia vodka to the Spanish market through a partnership with an independent distributor.

The deal with Spanish spirit distributor Zadibe Vinos y Licores, means the vodka brand is now available in major accounts such as El Corte Ingles and Carrefour in the country, Russian Standard said yesterday (7 October).

"This launch represents another step in becoming a leading player in the Western European premium vodka market," said Chris Lucas, CEO of Russian Standard in Western Europe. "We are confident that our brands are positioned well in the important Spanish market and we look forward to growing our sales and market share quickly."

The brands will be supported through promotional campaigns, particularly in bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as public relations programmes that target the premium vodka consumer and build brand awareness.

Emilio Restoy Cabrera, managing director of Diego Zamora International, added: "With the increasing growth of the vodka category in Spain and Russian Standard's outstanding success in neighbouring European markets we feel the brand is well positioned for success in this market."

Zadibe Vinos y Licores is the distribution arm of Diego Zamora Vinos Y Licores, which has a presence in around 40 countries globally.