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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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India's Kerala state to ease alcohol restrictions 23 Dec 2014

An Indian state that proposed a complete alcohol ban within ten years is to water down its plans after an industry backlash, according to reports.


United Spirits bids for distribution deal approval 18 Dec 2014

United Spirits is again asking shareholders to vote on plans to allow it to produce and sell the spirits brands of parent Diageo in India.


John Distilleries to launch Paul John whisky in US 11 Dec 2014

John Distilleries, the Indian spirits producer, is gearing up to enter the US market in 2015 with its Paul John single malt whisky brand.


Diageo loses United Spirits distribution vote 2 Dec 2014

Diageo has said it is “surprised and disappointed” after losing a vote by United Spirits' shareholders over plans for the firm to produce and sell some of Diageo's spirits brands in India.


Hindustan Coca-Cola plans US$160m factory 2 Dec 2014

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has unveiled plans for a a US$160m manufacturing plant in southern India.


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.