Drinks group C&C has confirmed the acquisition and integration into its business of the Gleeson Group, one of the country's biggest beverage wholesalers.

The company said the deal will create a "new, formidable force in the drinks sector in Ireland - C&C Gleeson".

Tom McCusker, Managing Director of C&C Group Ireland remains as managing director of C&C Gleeson, with operations in Dublin, Belfast, Clonmel and Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary.

C&C's portfolio includes flagship brand Bulmers in addition to Tennent's, AB INBev brands and the company's new Irish beer offering, Clonmel 1650. 

Now it will also have wine and soft drinks brands such as Santa Rita, Laurent Perrier, Finches and Tipperary Water.