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Italy's Campari to buy maker of Grand Marnier cognac

A bottle of Grand Marnier and Campari Image copyright Reuters

Italian spirits group, Campari said it has agreed to buy the maker of French cognac Grand Marnier after reaching a deal with its controlling family shareholders.

The takeover by Campari values Societe des Produits Marnier Lapostolle at €684m (£536m).

In a statement, Campari said it had offered to buy shares in cash for €8.05 each, a 60% premium to the stock value.

It said the acquisition "perfectly" fitted its growth strategy.

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Campari, the world's sixth largest spirits company, hopes the French brand will help it take advantage of a renewed interest in classic cocktails, especially in the US.

Grand Marnier is an orange-flavoured cognac liqueur, originally created in 1880, by Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle.

Its owners say that a bottle of Grand Marnier is sold every three seconds around the world.

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