Scottish distiller Glenmorangie has awarded its European distribution contracts, previously run by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, to US conglomerate Brown-Forman’s unit Bacardi-Martini.

The whisky maker said the contracts to distribute the Glenmorangie brand in Germany, Spain, Holland, Austria and Switzerland will start in February next year, plus the malt whisky Ardbeg Islay in Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

Glenmorangie chief executive Paul Neep said: “This wider relationship now aligned with Brown- Forman creates a stronger pan-European representation and distribution network for Glenmorangie which will accelerate, over the long term, the development of our brands in in important European spirits markets.”

Brown-Forman's brands, including Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort, are distributed by Bacardi-Martini in Europe. The group has distributed Glenmorangie in the UK for the last ten years.