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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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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.


United Spirits sees US$742.7m FY net losses 4 Sep 2014

United Spirits has reported full-year net losses of INR44.9bn (US$742.7m), partly due to a significant writedown from the sale of its Whyte & Mackay business.


Johnnie Walker House has Travel Retail debut 2 Sep 2014

Diageo has extended its Johnnie Walker House experience to the global Travel Retail sector by launching the concept at Mumbai airport today, with another set to open in Taiwan.


Edrington agrees deal for India Cutty Sark launch 29 Aug 2014

Cutty Sark Scotch whisky is set to launch in India after the brand's owner, Edrington, signed a joint-venture deal with Kyndal Group.


ABD takes 50% rights for Mansion House, Savoy Club 27 Aug 2014

Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD) has acquired 50% ownership rights for Mansion House brandy and Savoy Club whiskey in south Asia, according to local reports.


PepsiCo silent on Indian sugar cut report 27 Aug 2014

PepsiCo has declined to comment on reports that it is looking to cut sugar content in its beverages after CEO Indra Nooyi met with officials in India.


United Spirits aims to sign-off delayed results 26 Aug 2014

United Spirits, the Diageo-controlled drinks firm, is set to hold a board meeting next week in a bid to approve the unit's delayed full-year financial results.


Indian state moves towards alcohol ban 22 Aug 2014

An Indian state has outlined its first steps to outlawing alcohol, including “dry” Sundays and closing all bars except in luxury hotels.