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Diageo Q4 & FY - Preview

On Thursday (30 July), Diageo will report its full-year results. Here, just-drinks takes a look at how the group has fared in its final quar...

Why Didn't Diageo Act Sooner on Mallya?

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 toda...


just the Facts - United National Breweries

James Wilmore | 2 Apr 2015

Earlier today, Diageo confirmed plans to take full control of UB Group's United National Breweries. The Guinness producer will pay an initial US$22m for the 50% of the sorghum beer producer it does not already own. Here's some facts on United National Breweries:


United Spirits' short-term pain, but future rosy

James Wilmore | 4 Sep 2014

Finally, after a near four-month delay United Spirits reported its full-year results today.


Will Diageo's United Spirits buy raise spirits?

James Wilmore | 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%.


just Five Years Ago: Diageo eyes United Spirits

James Wilmore | 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.

Latest Interviews

The Wehring Interview - Diageo Asia Pacific I

Olly Wehring | 18 Oct 2011

This month, just-drinks returns to its two-part extended format for The Wehring Interview. Earlier this month, I enjoyed an hour in the company of Diageo's Asia Pacific president, Gilbert Ghostine. I say enjoyed; I wasn't at my best to start.


The Wehring Interview – Heineken – Part II

Olly Wehring | 26 May 2011

In part one of my interview with Heineken's CEO, Jean-François van Boxmeer, which ran earlier this week, we took a close look at the brewer's purchase of FEMSA Cerveza last year. We also started a world tour of beer markets, discussing Europe, Russia, Brazil and Mexico.

Latest News

just a While Ago - On 17 July in...

Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2015

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Diageo silent on United Spirits inspection

Andy Morton | 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.


just a While Ago - On 19 May in...

Olly Wehring | 19 May 2015

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Diageo's United Spirits calls on Mallya to quit

Olly Wehring | 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

Olly Wehring | 24 Apr 2015

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


just a While Ago - On 14 April in...

Olly Wehring | 14 Apr 2015

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just a While Ago - On 9 April in...

Olly Wehring | 9 Apr 2015

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Diageo to take 100% of United National Breweries

James Wilmore | 2 Apr 2015

Diageo has agreed a deal to take full control of UB Group's South African sorghum beer business, United National Breweries (UNB).


just a While Ago - On 2 April in...

Olly Wehring | 2 Apr 2015

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just the week in - Beer

Olly Wehring | 2 Apr 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.


just a While Ago - On 20 March in...

Olly Wehring | 20 Mar 2015

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just a While Ago - On 19 February in...

Olly Wehring | 19 Feb 2015

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just a While Ago - On 28 January in...

Olly Wehring | 28 Jan 2015

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Heineken silent on United Breweries stake rumours

James Wilmore | 7 Jan 2015

Heineken has declined to comment on reports that it is looking to raise its stake in India's United Breweries.


just a While Ago - On 8 December in...

Olly Wehring | 8 Dec 2014

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just a While Ago - On 7 November in...

Olly Wehring | 7 Nov 2014

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United Spirits sees Q1 net loss

James Wilmore | 20 Oct 2014

United Spirits has continued its sluggish performance with a first-quarter net loss and fall in sales.


Drinks firms to tighten up social media practices

James Wilmore | 1 Oct 2014

Thirteen leading drinks companies – including Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev – have launched a new set of social media guidelines aiming to stop content reaching children.


Mallya stays chairman at Diageo's United Spirits

James Wilmore | 1 Oct 2014

Vijay Mallya has been re-elected as chairman of United Spirits at the AGM of the Diageo-controlled firm.


Three United Spirits' directors to step down

James Wilmore | 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

James Wilmore | 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.


United Breweries Holdings Q1 alcohol sales dip

James Wilmore | 14 Aug 2014

United Breweries Holdings has reported a drop in first-quarter sales from its alcohol operations, but profits rose in the period.

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