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The risk of a sugar tax for CSDs in India 21 Apr 2016

Soft drinks marketers are always scratching their heads trying to establish new refreshment occasions for their drinks to exploit. Sometimes, these opportunities can be found in the most extraordinary channels. In Southern India, for example, salons have proved to be a surprise outlet for lemon & lime drinks like Sprite or 7 Up.


Why Didn't Diageo Act Sooner on Mallya? 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?


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%.

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Diageo's India wine unit launches new expression 22 Jul 2016

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


Coca-Cola , PepsiCo eye fizzy juice in India 22 Jul 2016

The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are set to ramp up their fizzy fruit juice portfolios in India once authorities standardise food safety guidelines on the category, a report has said.


Heineken too early for UB share capture 18 Jul 2016

Heineken has been told it is too early to seek first refusal on Vijay Mallya's United Breweries shares.


Diageo silent on United Spirits job losses 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.


Diageo chases United Spirits fund diversions 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.


PepsiCo's Indian bottler Varun files for IPO 5 Jul 2016

PepsiCo franchisee Varun Beverages has filed a preliminary prospectus with India's Securities and Exchange Board for an initial public offer (IPO). 


Coca-Cola India to "invest aggressively" in Maaza 27 Jun 2016

The Coca-Cola Co's Indian unit has said it aims to make Maaza a US$1bn brand by 2023. 


India's Tamil Nadu state closes 500 liquor shops 22 Jun 2016

The southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu has announced the closure of 500 state-controlled alcohol shops. 


PepsiCo gets okay for Indian soft drinks plant 9 Jun 2016

The Indian state government of Karnataka has given PepsiCo permission to build a major new soft drinks and snacks manufacturing plant, 200km south-west of Bangalore.


India drought hits United Breweries' beer supply 19 May 2016

Heineken's majority-owned Indian brewer, United Breweries, has said it is will look to invest in more waste-water recycling programmes after "acute shortages" forced it to decrease beer production.

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The brutal truth behind India's temperance movement 25 May 2016

Some people in India believe alcohol should be more difficult to purchase. Last month, the state of Bihar halted all alcohol sales as its chief minister made good on an election promise.