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Diageo " knew United Spirits would be complicated”

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 fa...

Diageo Q4 & FY - Preview

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 quar...


Analysis - Storm clouds lift over Diageo Towers

Lucy Britner | 24 Jun 2015

Is the sun finally about to return for Diageo? Analysts at Nomura have upgraded their rating for the global drinks giant from 'neutral' to 'buy' after meetings with the company reassured them that the company's ‘bad newsflow’ is abating and that growth would see a recovery in fiscal-2016.


Focus - The Risks of Acquisitions

Stuart Whitwell at Intangible Business | 1 Jun 2015

Drinks giant Diageo has been in the news recently after discrepancies were found in the results of United Spirits, an Indian spirits company that the company recently bought a controlling stake in.


Why Didn't Diageo Act Sooner on Mallya?

Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2015

It's not every day that one can accuse the world's biggest spirits producer of being a bit stupid, but my peers in India are making hay today, doing just that. But, before wading in against Diageo and the call by its United Spirits unit in India for chairman Vijay Mallya to stand down, ask yourself this one question: What difference does it make?


Pernod Ricard's reasons to be cheerful

Olly Wehring | 14 Jan 2015

The end of the tough times is on the horizon for Pernod Ricard, finally, with one analyst claiming the company has five reasons to be upbeat about the year ahead.

Latest Interviews

Interview - CEO of Brown-Forman - Part II

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.


The just-drinks Interview - Whyte & Mackay

just-drinks.com editorial team | 21 Jan 2010

In the first just-drinks interview of 2010, we sit down with John Beard, CEO of Whyte & Mackay, and ask him about his first nine months in the hotseat, his company's relationship with its Indian owners and where he sees opportunity for growth going forward. Go on, take a guess.

Latest News

Diageo's United Spirits to keep tail brands

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.


Challenges remain as Diageo posts flat FY sales

Olly Wehring | 30 Jul 2015

Diageo has reported flat sales for its fiscal full-year, with volumes slipping back slightly.


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Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2015

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Heineken snaps up United Spirits' final UB slice

Andy Morton | 7 Jul 2015

Heineken has bought United Spirits' remaining stake in India's United Breweries (UB) for INR8.72bn (US$137.2m).


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Olly Wehring | 1 Jul 2015

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just the week in - Soft Drinks & Bottled Water

Olly Wehring | 12 Jun 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global soft drinks & bottled water category. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and spirits & wine.


just the week in - Beer

Olly Wehring | 5 Jun 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.


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Olly Wehring | 4 Jun 2015

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Diageo creates USL unit to oversee own brands

Andy Morton | 2 Jun 2015

Diageo's India MD has moved to United Spirits to head up a new luxury unit at the Diageo-controlled company.


just the week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 29 May 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


Diageo silent on United Spirits inspection

Andy Morton | 29 May 2015

Diageo has declined to comment on an Indian government investigation into United Spirit's books as fresh reports emerge over the subsidiary’s chairman, Vijay Mallya, and alleged loans made from the unit.


Emperador overhauls Whyte & Mackay labels

Lucy Britner | 18 May 2015

Emperador Inc has unveiled the first label redesign in nine years for its Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch whisky brand.


just the week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 1 May 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


Diageo's United Spirits calls on Mallya to quit

Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2015

Diageo is reviewing its relationship with United Breweries Holdings and Vijay Mallya over India's United Spirits, after the division's board called on the entrepreneur to stand down as its chairman.


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Olly Wehring | 24 Apr 2015

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CFO of Diageo's United Spirits stands down

Olly Wehring | 24 Apr 2015

Pathai Murali, the CFO of Diageo-controlled United Spirits, has resigned from the Indian company.


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Olly Wehring | 14 Apr 2015

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Olly Wehring | 9 Apr 2015

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Olly Wehring | 8 Apr 2015

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Diageo to take 100% of United National Breweries

James Wilmore | 2 Apr 2015

Diageo has agreed a deal to take full control of UB Group's South African sorghum beer business, United National Breweries (UNB).

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