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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%.


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.

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Diageo creates USL unit to oversee own brands 2 Jun 2015

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


Diageo silent on United Spirits inspection 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.


Tata Global Beverages posts FY profits slump 29 May 2015

Tata Global Beverages has posted a sharp drop in net profits after impairment charges in China and Eastern Europe hit the bottom line.


Climate change hitting India's wine industry 19 May 2015

The head of Sula Vineyards has warned that rising temperatures and unreliable rainfall is affecting the Indian company's wine production.


Diageo's United Spirits calls on Mallya to quit 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.


CFO of Diageo's United Spirits stands down 24 Apr 2015

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


Coca-Cola Co abandons India bottling facility plan 23 Apr 2015

The Coca-Cola Co has seen the ongoing issue of groundwater use in India hit its plans to build a bottling plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.


Amrut Distilleries' Amrut Naarangi 9 Apr 2015

Amrut Distilleries has launched what it claims is the world’s first single malt whisky that carries orange notes.


PepsiCo opens new India plant 8 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has started production at its largest beverage plant in India after company CEO Indra Nooyi inaugurated the site.


Kerala's High Court agrees with spirits ban 7 Apr 2015

The High Court in the Indian state of Kerala has upheld a ban on bars and hotels serving spirits.