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17 April 2014

Here are the ten most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

Analysis - 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%.

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.

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.

INDIA: Diageo ups United Spirits holding

5 February 2014

Diageo has confirmed making a further share purchase in United Spirits, raising its stake to 28.8%.

INDIA: Diageo "disappointed" at United Spirits court ruling

20 December 2013

Diageo has expressed its disappointment after an Indian court ruling has put its purchase of shares in United Spirits in jeopardy.

INDIA: Heineken raises United Breweries holding

11 December 2013

Heineken has confirmed that it has raised its stake in India's United Breweries.

UK: Former CEO mulls Whyte & Mackay re-purchase

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.

INDIA: United Spirits H1 profits up as premium brands prosper

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.

INDIA: United Breweries posts H1 profits drop after Q2 reverse

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.

just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes stake in United Spirits

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.

just On Call: Heineken happy with JVs, would buy out if offered - CFO

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.

INDIA: Heineken silent over United Breweries deal rumours

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.

UK/INDIA: Kyndal Group to open GBP6.7m Scotch distillery - report

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.

INDIA: United Spirits appoints "CEO-designate" - 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.

Comment - Wehring's Way - The Devil's in the Detail for Today's CEOs

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.

INDIA: Former Diageo CEO joins United Spirits' board

19 August 2013

The former CEO of Diageo has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of United Spirits.

INDIA: United Breweries sees Q1 profits, sales climb

15 August 2013

Volume rises in key markets has helped United Breweries report a solid rise in first-quarter sales and volumes.

UK: Diageo avoids Whyte & Mackay action until OFT probe ends

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.

Exclusive - UK: Whyte & Mackay CEO departs

8 August 2013

Whyte & Mackay's CEO has left the company, just-drinks can exclusively reveal.

UK: OFT has 40 days to probe Diageo's Whyte & Mackay control

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.

UK: Diageo bids for OFT green light over Whyte & Mackay

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.

Analysis - The End of Diageo's Hunt for United Spirits

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.

INDIA/UK: Diageo takes control of United Spirits with further stake buy

4 July 2013

Diageo has completed the latest round of its United Spirits purchase, and is now the major shareholder in the Indian firm.

INDIA: United Breweries FY profits rise despite Q4 blip

31 May 2013

United Breweries has posted strong full-year results despite a drop in final-quarter profits.

INDIA: United Spirits FY profits slip, sales up

16 May 2013

United Spirits has reported a slight fall in full-year net profits, but grew sales by double-digits.

INDIA: Diageo details United Spirits MTO uptake

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.

just Five Years Ago: Beam keeps powder dry after losing race for Absolut

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.

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