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How India's demonetisation has affected Pernod 10 Feb 2017

In November, the Indian Government passed reforms withdrawing the INR500 (US$7.40) and INR1,000 notes as legal tender in the country. The snap move was brought in to tackle counterfeit currency and so-called "black money" - undeclared payments.


United Spirits' nine-month performance - Focus 24 Jan 2017

Over the weekend, United Spirits reported its results for the first nine months of its fiscal-2017. Here's a closer look at the Diageo-controlled company's segment and brand performance in the nine months to the end of December.


Coca-Cola India suspends bottling operations 22 Aug 2016

Coca-Cola India has confirmed a temporary halt in production at its plant just outside Delhi, having been in communication with pollution control authorities.


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?

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PepsiCo rolls out Tropicana Essentials to India 23 Mar 2017

PepsiCo has lined up the launch of its Tropicana Essentials range in India as the company looks to expand its "nutrition" portfolio in the country.


PepsiCo "disheartened" by Kerala drought link 10 Mar 2017

PepsiCo has countered the latest claims that its use of water in Kerala is contributing to a drought in the Indian state.


India faces alcohol outlet ban challenge 6 Mar 2017

Two Indian states are challenging the pending introduction of a ban on liquor vendors operating near the country's roads.


Indian Beverage Ass'n hits out at drinks boycott 1 Mar 2017

The Indian Beverage Association has said it is "deeply disappointed" by a call for a boycott in southern India that includes The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo brands.


Demonetisation pulls on United Spirits - results 23 Jan 2017

United Spirits has reported a lift in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, although the Indian company's top-line in the third-quarter has been hampered by the country's demonetisation legislation in the third quarter.


Coca-Cola India reorganises bottler ties 20 Jan 2017

Coca-Cola India has appointed Shehnaz Gill to lead its 14 bottlers in the country amid a shake-up of the The Coca-Cola Co unit's franchise-partner links. 


Beer category set for healthy growth in India 19 Jan 2017

The beer industry is well-placed to capitalise on rising incomes for India citizens, according to recently-released research, with the category poised to enjoy strong growth in the country in the years ahead.


India's demonetisation fallout to continue 19 Jan 2017

The effects of India's recent demonetisation strategy will be felt for at least a year, according to a new analysis that paints a bleak picture of the fallout from the policy.


Diageo mulls United Spirits stake buy - report 18 Jan 2017

Diageo is considering upping its stake in United Spirits, according to a report.


Indian state orders health warnings for alcohol 17 Jan 2017

Alcohol sold in a central Indian state will have to carry health warnings as part of a raft of government measures to curb consumption, according to reports.

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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.