29 November 2013
Vivian Imerman, the man who sold Whyte & Mackay to Vijay Mallya's UB Group in 2007, has publicly expressed an interest in buying back the Scotch whisky producer from Diageo.
11 November 2013
United Spirits has reported a return to net profits growth in its first half, but volumes for the spirits unit of The UB Group remained flat in the period.
8 November 2013
United Breweries has posted a drop in first-half profits as a tough Q2 plunged the Kingfisher brewer into the red for the quarter.
29 October 2013
Five years ago this week talk of Diageo taking a stake in United Spirits first emerged. It set in train a series of events that this year saw the Smirnoff producer secure control of the Indian spirits firm.
23 October 2013
Heineken has reiterated its satisfaction with its JV partnerships around the world, but admitted that it would be prepared to buy out its partners if they wanted to sell.
21 October 2013
Heineken has declined to comment on fresh reports that it is in talks to raise its stake in India's United Breweries.
14 October 2013
Plans for a new GBP6.7m (US$10.7m) whisky distillery in Fife look set to go ahead after a deal between Indian drinks firm Kyndal and Perthshire distiller John Fergus Co, according to reports.
25 September 2013
United Spirits has lined up a successor to CEO & MD Ashok Capoor, who takes on a new role in the company next year, according to local reports.
23 September 2013
When it comes to being the CEO of a company, knowing where the stapler is kept - and how to order replacement staples - is way more important than the sweeping, quotable gesture.
19 August 2013
The former CEO of Diageo has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of United Spirits.
15 August 2013
Volume rises in key markets has helped United Breweries report a solid rise in first-quarter sales and volumes.
13 August 2013
Diageo has confirmed that Whyte & Mackay's (W&M) “independence” will remain and its management kept separate, at least until the UK's competition authority has completed its review.
8 August 2013
Whyte & Mackay's CEO has left the company, just-drinks can exclusively reveal.
23 July 2013
The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has confirmed it is investigating whether Diageo's United Spirits deal, giving it control of Scotch producer Whyte & Mackay, will harm competition in the UK market.
10 July 2013
Diageo will seek "formal clearance" from the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after its United Spirits deal gave it control of Scotch producer Whyte & Mackay.
4 July 2013
It was always going to take a while, but it looks like, finally, Diageo's plans to take control of United Spirits (USL) in India have drawn to an end. For now.
4 July 2013
Diageo has completed the latest round of its United Spirits purchase, and is now the major shareholder in the Indian firm.
31 May 2013
United Breweries has posted strong full-year results despite a drop in final-quarter profits.
16 May 2013
United Spirits has reported a slight fall in full-year net profits, but grew sales by double-digits.
15 May 2013
Diageo has confirmed the completion of its mandatory tender offer to up its stake in United Spirits, with only 0.4% of the Indian spirits firm's shares being tendered.
Industry Engagement on Alcohol Harm & Responsible Consumption - Part I: A Critical Year for Industry Engagement
18 April 2013
In this month's management briefing, Ben Cooper looks at the alcoholic drinks industry's attempts to reduce alcohol harm and promote responsible consumption. Part one of this four-part briefing considers what many believe to be a tipping point in the ongoing debate.
17 April 2013
It was five years ago this week that Beam Global Spirits & Wine – as Beam Inc was then known – started to come to terms with Pernod Ricard's last-minute grab of takeover target Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand at the end of March, 2008.
9 April 2013
UB Group has said a protest against the building of a brewery in India will not halt the INR2bn (US$36.6m) project, according to a local report.
5 April 2013
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5 April 2013
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4 April 2013
It took Diageo many years to win the hand of United Spirits (USL), the subsidiary of the Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group. But, this week, the back-slapping that hailed the securing of its successful courtship gave way to pre-wedding jitters
3 April 2013
Diageo's move to take control of The UB Group's United Spirits division remains on course, despite court approval for UB's creditors to sell off pledged shares in the unit, just-drinks understands.
2 April 2013
The head of The UB Group has been told he must provide a personal guarantee of INR5bn (US$91.9m) to obtain a four-week protection period against lenders hoping to sell a portion of pledged shares in the United Spirits (USL) division.
2 April 2013
United Spirits' independent directors have approved Diageo's open offer to the company's shareholders, branding the price “fair and reasonable”.
19 February 2013
The head of Pernod Ricard has proclaimed his confidence in the company's position in the spirits market in India, despite Diageo's recently-announced tie-up with United Spirits in the country.