The Russian state-run vodka group Soyuzplodoimport is reported in local press to have granted a ten-year distribution agreement for five of the country's leading vodka brands, including Stolichnaya.

A report by the news service Novecon, said yesterday that Soyuzplodoimport signed the exclusive agreement with the Alkomir company for the brands Stolichnaya, Moskovskaya, Russkaya, Starka and Pertsovka.

The report said that under the terms of the deal, Alkomir has agreed to spend US$10m in developing the vodka brands in the first year of operations.