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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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PepsiCo completes bottler franchise plan in India 21 Nov 2014

PepsiCo has completed the franchising of its bottling operations in north and east India after expanding a partnership with Varun Beverages.


SABMiller switches India head 18 Nov 2014

SABMiller has appointed a new MD for its India business as the current incumbent is stepping down after 17 months in the role.


Diageo's United Spirits sees H1 losses of US$13.5m 14 Nov 2014

United Spirits, the Diageo-controlled Indian drinks firm, has remained in the red in its half-year despite a rise in second-quarter volumes and sales.


UB boosts H1 sales, profits on industry bounce 13 Nov 2014

United Breweries' (UB) first-half sales and volumes increased in line with the industry as strong beer found good growth.


Jim Beam bottling in India cuts price by 25% 11 Nov 2014

Beam Suntory has begun bottling its flagship Bourbon, Jim Beam, in India as its steps up its focus on the key market.


Smirnoff Ice gets India launch 22 Oct 2014

Diageo is looking to crack India's RTD market with the launch of Smirnoff Ice and its stronger variant, Smirnoff Black, in the country.


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.