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Trump, local spirits and the IR role - The Analyst

just-drinks is thrilled to welcome a new industry commentator to the fold. Until earlier this year, Ian Shackleton spent over 25 years as a...

Diageo and Vijay Mallya - The end of the affair

Earlier this month, Diageo announced that it has secured the resignation of United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya from his position at the In...


Olly Wehring | 24 Jan 2017

Over the weekend, United Spirits reported its results for the first nine months of its fiscal-2017. Here's a closer look at the Diageo-controlled company's segment and brand performance in the nine months to the end of December.


Richard Woodard | 6 Oct 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the global gin category. In part four, we turn our attention to the major gin brands and their owners.


Olly Wehring | 30 Jul 2015

The head of Diageo has admitted that his company's eventual purchase of majority control of India's United Spirits had given the firm its fair share of headaches.


Lucy Britner | 27 Jul 2015

On Thursday (30 July), Diageo will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its final quarter, the three months to the end of June:

Latest Interviews

Olly Wehring | 14 Mar 2017

Last month, the CEO of Pernod Ricard, Alex Ricard, was in London to discuss the group's half-year results. just-drinks sat down with Ricard following the press conference to look at both the numbers for the first six months of fiscal-2017 and Ricard's tenure so far, since assuming the leadership in early-2015. In the first part of our exclusive two-part interview, Alex considers Pernod's positions in India and China and shares his thoughts on pricing and the role it plays in a company's approach to premiumisation.


Ben Cooper | 18 Dec 2012

In the first part of just-drinks' interview with Paul Varga, the CEO of Brown-Forman discussed the company's portfolio and prospects in emerging markets. In this second - and final - part, Varga details the company's take on the mergers & acquisitions scene in the global spirits industry, and the roll of innovation as an alternative to M&A.

Latest News

Olly Wehring | 23 Jan 2017

United Spirits has reported a lift in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, although the Indian company's top-line in the third-quarter has been hampered by the country's demonetisation legislation in the third quarter.


Andy Morton | 18 Jan 2017

Diageo is considering upping its stake in United Spirits, according to a report.


Andy Morton | 28 Sep 2016

The Diageo-controlled United Spirits has released a honey-flavoured version of its flagship whisky brand, McDowell's No. 1.


Olly Wehring | 22 Sep 2016

Whyte & Mackay has lined up the roll-out of a 35-year-old iteration of its The Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky.


India’s Enforcement Directorate has seized assets from the former chairman of United Spirits, Vijay Mallya, that include shares in the Diageo-controlled division.


Rojita Tiwari | 22 Jul 2016

The wine arm of India's United Spirits has launched its first new product since the unit came under Diageo control.


Andy Morton | 18 Jul 2016

Diageo has confirmed a restructure at Indian unit United Spirits, but has declined to comment on local reports that the shake-up could cost 300 jobs.


Olly Wehring | 11 Jul 2016

Diageo's United Spirits division in India has identified almost US$185m-worth of "improper transactions" involving its former chairman, Vijay Mallya.


Andy Morton | 11 May 2016

Diageo's Africa & Asia-Pacific president, Nick Blazquez, is to leave the company after 27 years.


Olly Wehring | 25 Feb 2016

Diageo has secured the resignation of United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya from his position at the Indian unit.


Andy Morton | 28 Jan 2016

United Spirits sales jumped 13% in the first nine months of its financial quarter, with more than half of that coming from Diageo brands.


Andy Morton | 14 Dec 2015

Diageo's Indian spirits unit, United Spirits, has said it is reviewing its Smirnoff Ice strategy amid media reports it has halted production.


Jagdish Kumar | 11 Dec 2015

Diageo's United Spirits division is set to act as corporate guarantor for a US$15m loan to Pioneer Distilleries.


Olly Wehring | 27 Nov 2015

Bihar is the latest state in India that will ban the consumption of alcohol, fulfilling an election pledge by the state's Chief Minister.


Olly Wehring | 24 Nov 2015

French wine company Bouvet Ladubay has returned to family control following Diageo's decision to withdraw from the category.


Lucy Britner | 19 Nov 2015

Whyte & Mackay is to distribute Camus Cognac in the UK.


Olly Wehring | 16 Nov 2015

Diageo is looking to the so-called mainstream segment of the spirits category to drive its growth in emerging markets going forward.


Olly Wehring | 13 Nov 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.


Jagdish Kumar | 13 Nov 2015

The UB Group is set to offload its remaining holding in Diageo-controlled United Spirits, a source has told just-drinks.


Andy Morton | 9 Nov 2015

The Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) category is headed for a three-way fight between Diageo's United Spirits, Pernod Ricard and Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), an executive from one of the companies has said.


Olly Wehring | 4 Nov 2015

Diageo's United Spirits unit has reported a lift in both half-year and second-quarter sales, with the parent company's brands being credited with driving the rises.


Andy Morton | 7 Aug 2015

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has said it will not dump its mass brands after revealing it is to focus on just 15 “power brands” to fuel premium growth.

Company research

United Spirits Limited (formerly McDowell & Company Limited) – Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investment Report

United Spirits Limited (formerly McDowell & Company Limited)

Marketline's Company Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investments reports offer a comprehensive breakdown of the organic and inorganic growth activity undertaken by an organi...

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United Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (India)

United Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (India)

Following the tumultuous events seen towards the end of the review period, United Spirits will focus on restructuring in the forecast period as owner Diageo seeks to reshape and reinvent the company....

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Wine in India

Wine in India

There were two main trends benefiting wine in 2015. Firstly, there was a marked rise in excise duty in many states for spirits towards the end of the review period, while some states such as Kerala in...

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