United Spirits is looking to invest in a grain-based whisky plant in India according to local reports.

A company official was cited by The Press Trust of India late last week as saying that United Spirits will make an investment of INR350m (US$8.9m) to build a plant capable of producing 30 kilolitres per day in Asansol, west Bengal.

The official reportedly indicated that the company plans to also set up similar plants in Maharashtra and north India and that it had sold 66m cases in the last financial year
was targeting a sales growth of 15% this year.

Earlier this year, United Spirits, which is the spirits unit of United Brewery Group, acquired Scotch whisky firm Whyte & Mackay for US$1.18bn after a protracted negotiation period.