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Diageo hopes to be more successful than its last tender offerAnalysis - Will Diageo's 'eye-watering' United Spirits buy raise spirits?

15 April 2014

As expected, Diageo has stepped up its bid to take majority control of India’s United Spirits Ltd (USL). The UK-headquartered company has launched a tender offer for a further 26% stake in the UB Group unit, which, if successful would raise its stake to around 55%.

just On Call - Gruppo Campari CEO silent on Whyte & Mackay bid

15 April 2014

Gruppo Campari's CEO has sidestepped questions over a possible swoop for Whyte & Mackay (W&M), insisting the company will first focus on assimilating new acquisitions.

UK/INDIA: Diageo moves to take United Spirits majority control

15 April 2014

Diageo is moving ahead with plans to take majority control of United Spirits with the launch of a INR114.5bn (US$1.9bn) tender offer for a further 26% stake in the Indian company.

Editor's Viewpoint - Appointing a CEO: Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number

14 April 2014

How long is a satisfactory term for a CEO? Of course, there's two answers to this question: One if the company is publicly-listed, the other if it's a privately-held firm. Then, of course, there is the small matter of how the company – irrespective of ownership structure – is performing.

UK: Lion Capital silent over Whyte & Mackay bid with ex-CEO

14 April 2014

Private equity firm Lion Capital has declined to comment on a report it has teamed up with Whyte & Mackay's (W&M) former CEO to table a bid for the Scotch whisky producer.

GLOBAL: International Center for Alcohol Policies, Global Alcohol Producers Group to merge

11 April 2014

The International Center for Alcohol Policies and the Global Alcohol Producers Group have agreed to amalgamate their operations.

Sustainability in Beer - Part I: Living and Breathing Sustainability

10 April 2014

As we start our annual series of management briefings that focus on environmental sustainability, Ben Cooper looks at the importance of integrating the issue into all aspect of a company's operations and thinking.

Sustainability in Beer - Part II: Deciding Sustainability Priorities

10 April 2014

In the second part of this month's management briefing, which shines the light on the importance of environmental sustainability in the brewing industry, Ben Cooper considers the impact of stakeholder input for the world's beer producers.

Sustainability in Beer - Part III: Company by Company - Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg, Diageo

10 April 2014

In the third part of this month's management briefing, Ben Cooper reviews the environmental sustainability of three of the world's biggest brewers: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg and Diageo.

UK: Diageo defends Beckham Scotch whisky tie-up

9 April 2014

Diageo has defended David Beckham's role in launching a new Scotch whisky, after an alcohol charity branded his involvement “disappointing” and called for him to “re-think” the tie-up.

IRELAND/UK: Whiskey producers launch Irish Whiskey Association

9 April 2014

A new trade body has been established to promote the interests of the fast-growing Irish whiskey sector.

GLOBAL: Diageo unveils global Smirnoff push - video

9 April 2014

Diageo has released details of a new global multi-media marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

HAITI: Heineken moves forward with US$100m injection

7 April 2014

Heineken is to launch the second phase of a US$100m investment in its Haitian brewery, Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti, the Dutch group has confirmed.

US: Diageo hopeful for solution on Tennessee storage rules

3 April 2014

Diageo has launched a legal bid to overturn a 77-year-old law that forces all spirits that are distilled in Tennessee to be stored within the state's borders.

UK: Diageo bolsters Guinness tie-up with Grand National

3 April 2014

Diageo has upped its links with horse racing's annual Grand National Festival by becoming an "official" sponsor.

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: Diageo's Smirnoff Gold Apple

1 April 2014

Diageo has lined up an apple-flavoured addition to its Smirnoff Gold liqueur collection.

US: Century Council becomes FARR in bid to tackle alcohol-related issues

31 March 2014

An industry-funded US group aimed at tackling drink-driving and underage drinking has been renamed as part of a “bold” plan to increase awareness of the issues.

Focus - Diageo's Cube: Producing Spirits on the Move

28 March 2014

While many drinks companies have highlighted Africa as a continent that offers huge potential, the region is not without its well-documented perils and pitfalls. Most notable among these is the logistical challenge of a continent that, broadly speaking, has a weak and under-developed infrastructure.

CANADA: Diageo takes legal action over Heaven Hill's Admiral Nelson's rum

28 March 2014

Diageo has launched a lawsuit in Canada against Heaven Hill Distilleries, claiming that the packaging for the US group's spiced rum brand Admiral Nelson's is too similar to Captain Morgan.

UK: Diageo defends flavoured whisky rowback

27 March 2014

Diageo has said rapid growth in the North American flavoured whiskey category convinced it to create J&B Urban Honey despite previous claims it had “no plans” to enter the flavoured Scotch sub-category.

Comment - Spirits - Are We Running Out of Casks?

25 March 2014

As the Scotch whisky industry appears to expand with gay abandon, Ian Buxton takes a look up the supply chain and asks if there's enough wood in them thar hills to hold the stuff.

AFRICA: Beer growth in Africa to leapfrog Asia - study

24 March 2014

Africa is expected to overtake Asia as the fastest-growing global beer market within the next five years, helped by economic development, expanding populations and rising wages, according to a new report.

US: Diageo hit with lawsuit over Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club

24 March 2014

Diageo is facing a legal battle over the name of its Johnnie Walker Explorers' Club range after a New York City club for real-life explorers launched a lawsuit.

Editor's Viewpoint – When Companies Argue about Who is Right, Both are Usually Wrong

20 March 2014

Unless it's you that is in the middle of the melee, there's nothing more thrilling than a good old street fight; be it in the playground, in a bar, in the street... . As the two (usually) men circle each other, fists raised and ready to wade in, it gets everyone's juices going, doesn't it?

US: Scotch fear behind Diageo Tennessee whiskey row - Brown-Forman

18 March 2014

Brown-Forman has opened a new front in its row with Diageo over Tennessee whiskey, claiming that the Johnnie Walker owner is trying to weaken global growth in North American whiskey because it threatens Scotch sales.

US: Diageo hits back at Brown-Forman in Tennessee whiskey row

18 March 2014

Diageo has branded Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman “anti-competitive” as a war of words over the production of Tennessee whiskey heats up.

US: Brown-Forman attacks plan to loosen "Tennessee Whiskey" rules

17 March 2014

Jack Daniel's owner Brown-Forman has warned that the Tennessee whiskey segment is “under attack” as state legislators review laws that regulate the spirit's production.

US: Diageo drops Guinness from St Patrick's Day parade

17 March 2014

Diageo has pulled its Guinness sponsorship of today's (17 March) St Patrick's Day parade in New York City after organisers refused to change the event's policy on gay and lesbian groups.

Analysis - Bumps could become Hurdles for Diageo

17 March 2014

For as long as many of us can remember, international spirits has been a profitable category for investors.

UK: Diageo veteran Morgan lines up departure

14 March 2014

A long-standing Diageo executive is to exit the company 27 years after he joined its Guinness subsidiary.

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