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United Spirits' short-term pain, but future rosy 4 Sep 2014

Finally, after a near four-month delay United Spirits reported its full-year results today.

India: Everyone's Favourite Spirits Market 2 Jul 2014

Finally, after almost 20 months, Diageo has got what it initially wanted in India. The company today (2 July) confirmed it now holds the majority of shares in United Spirits. This achievement, however, has cost way more than Diageo initially expected; to the tune of around US$1bn.

Will Diageo's United Spirits buy raise spirits? 15 Apr 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%.

Analysis - India optimism good for drinks 2 Apr 2014

A survey of consumers in India has revealed that alcoholic beverages may have the most to gain from high levels of optimism in the country.

just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes United Spirits 29 Oct 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.

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United Spirits sees Q1 net loss 20 Oct 2014

United Spirits has continued its sluggish performance with a first-quarter net loss and fall in sales.

India's beer lobby calls for tax law change 20 Oct 2014

India's beer industry has called on the government to end laws that tax the category at the same rate as spirits, according to a report.

Amazon India to sell Coca-Cola Zero 2 Oct 2014

Amazon's India unit is to start delivering Coca-Cola Co products as it enters the country's food and beverage market for the first time, according to reports.

Mallya stays chairman at Diageo's United Spirits 1 Oct 2014

Vijay Mallya has been re-elected as chairman of United Spirits at the AGM of the Diageo-controlled firm.

Coca-Cola lines up Coca-Cola Zero launch for India 23 Sep 2014

The Coca-Cola Co is to launch Coca-Cola Zero in India, upping the no-calorie brand's presence to 149 countries.

United Spirits to sell 11% stake in Pioneer 22 Sep 2014

United Spirits, the Diageo-controlled Indian drinks firm, is planning to sell an 11.35% stake in its subsidiary Pioneer Distilleries.

Beam Suntory Inc unveils Teacher's gift packs 22 Sep 2014

Beam Suntory Inc has launched gift packs in India for two expressions of its Teacher's Scotch whisky brand, Teacher’s Origin and Teacher’s Highland Cream.

SABMiller's Miller Ace 17 Sep 2014

The Indian division of SABMiller has released an extension of its Miller beer brand in the country.

SPI to roll out Stolichnaya variants in India 16 Sep 2014

The SPI Group has confirmed plans to roll out two flavoured variants of its Stolichnaya vodka brand in India.

Three United Spirits' directors to step down 11 Sep 2014

Diageo has confirmed that three of United Spirits' independent directors are to leave the company's board.