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17 April 2014

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

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.

INDIA: Falling sales to hit United Spirits' capital expenditure

26 February 2014

United Spirits is looking to markedly reduce its capital expenditure plans going forward, as slowing sales start to bite.

INDIA: Diageo "pleased" to win United Spirits Supreme Court appeal hearing

11 February 2014

Diageo has welcomed a decision by India's Supreme Court to hear its appeal against a regional ruling that threatens part of its stake in United Spirits.

Editor's Viewpoint - Will Diageo's White Rum Foray Prompt Bacardi Buys?

6 February 2014

The launch of the latest addition to the white rum category will have some folk in Bermuda and Miami in a bit of a flap at the moment, I imagine.

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%.

UK/JAPAN: Suntory dismisses Whyte & Mackay bid rumours

21 January 2014

Suntory has denied it is bidding to acquire Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay.

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.

In the Spotlight - Diageo's Whyte & Mackay Offer Heads Off UK Watchdogs

29 November 2013

One of the spirits industry's longer-running sagas gained an extra chapter this week when Diageo announced that it is willing to sell off a large chunk of Whyte & Mackay (W&M).

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.

Product Launch - US: Whyte & Mackay's The Dalmore Selected By Daniel Boulud

6 November 2013

Whyte & Mackay has launched a new Dalmore expression created in partnership with New York-based chef Daniel Boulud.

just For Subscribers - The week in drinks

1 November 2013

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

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.

Analysis - Diageo's emerging market drive carries risk

16 October 2013

Diageo's acquisitions of local spirits producers in emerging markets may not prove as successful as the company believes, with one analyst suggesting that local spirits competitors "dance to different rhythms" than the firm's international rivals.

Analysis - M&A landscape still looking good in spirits

10 October 2013

Campari, Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Remy Cointreau are all well-placed to play parts in the M&A arena, although Pernod and Remy may be the quieter speculators going forward.

INDIA: Diageo promotes execs at United Spirits, steps up links

2 October 2013

Diageo has introduced more management changes at Indian group United Spirits Ltd (USL), which it now controls.

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 - Does Whyte & Mackay's New Broom Offer a Glimpse of the Future?

19 September 2013

What is one to make of this week's news that Scotch whisky producer Whyte & Mackay (W&M) has installed former Diageo man Bryan Donaghey as its new chief executive?

just On Call - Diageo ups on-trade focus after taking "foot off the pedal"

18 September 2013

Diageo has been too heavily focussed on off-trade distribution in global markets in recent years and took its “foot off the pedal” in the on-trade, a senior company executive has admitted.

Beverages Packaging - Part IV - Emerging Market Middle Classes Demand Better Drinks Packaging

18 September 2013

The Drinktec exhibition is taking place across all of this week in Munich. To coincide with the event, just-drinks' management briefing this month takes a look at the drinks packaging category. In this, the final part of our four-part briefing, we turn our attention to the emerging markets of the world.

Exclusive - UK: Whyte & Mackay appoints former Diageo exec as CEO

18 September 2013

Whyte & Mackay has appointed the former head of Diageo's production business in Scotland as its new CEO, just-drinks can exclusively reveal.

INDIA: Empee Distilleries, United Spirits agree IMFL production tie-up

27 August 2013

Empee Distilleries has secured a three-year contract with United Spirits to produce Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) for the Diageo-controlled company in the state of Karnataka.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

23 August 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks this week:

INDIA: Diageo gets regulatory nod for Pioneer Distilleries move

21 August 2013

Diageo has confirmed that its bid to take full control of United Spirits subsidiary Pioneer Distilleries has been cleared by India's financial regulator.

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.

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