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INDIA: UB outlines spirits financing package

13 Nov 2006

India’s UB Group has announced a financing package among two of its spirits subsidiaries.

INDIA/RUSSIA: UB, Russian Standard sign deal

3 Nov 2006

India’s UB Group and Russian vodka producer Russian Standard have signed a deal that will see the companies distribute each other’s products in their respective markets.

INDIA: UBL enjoys Q3 figures climb

30 Oct 2006

United Breweries Ltd has posted a leap in net profit for its third quarter on the back of rising sales.

UK: Wm Grant quashes Whyte & Mackay bid talk

18 Oct 2006

UK spirits group William Grant & Sons has distanced itself from the race to buy Whyte & Mackay.

Tariko plays Russian card in global vodka market

18 Oct 2006

Having pioneered the super-premium vodka category in Russia, billionaire entrepreneur Roustam Tariko is eyeing international markets with his Russian Standard Original and Imperia brands, looking to build on the genuine Russian credentials he feels many of his better known competitors lack. Richard Woodard reports.

UK: Whyte & Mackay talks stall over price

17 Oct 2006

Takeover talks between UB Group and Whyte & Mackay are believed to have stalled with no resolution expected for a few weeks, just-drinks understands.

UK: UB boss visits Whyte & Mackay

13 Oct 2006

The owner of India’s UB Group is in Scotland, holding talks with takeover target Whyte & Mackay, just-drinks has discovered.

INDIA: UB to cut domestic distilleries

10 Oct 2006

India’s UB Group is planning to cut the number of distilleries it uses to serve its domestic market.

INDIA: UB "expects" Whyte & Mackay deal

9 Oct 2006

India’s UB Group has said it expects to at least secure a distribution and licencing deal with UK distiller Whyte & Mackay.

UK: Whyte & Mackay dismisses sale talk

9 Oct 2006

Whyte & Mackay has dismissed reports in India that the UK distiller has been sold to UB Group - but admitted that it has received offers for parts of its business.

INDIA: UB Group finance chief outlines strategy

26 Sep 2006

The chief financial officer of the Indian conglomerate UB group Ravi Nedungadi has said the company is looking at the possibility of alliances with international companies to sell global spirits brands in India, but is not yet looking at acquisitions.

UK: W&M appoints Easy Whisky's 'Robbo'

11 Sep 2006

Whyte & Mackay has appointed one of the founders of the Easy Whisky Drinking Co. to drive innovation at the UK spirits distiller.

UK: Whyte & Mackay releases "best Scotch yet"

7 Sep 2006

Whyte & Mackay is set to release what it calls its finest Scotch whisky yet.

UB Group eyes the international stage

6 Sep 2006

Having consolidated its spirits operations into one company, UB Group is looking to build on its position of strength in the Indian market and establish itself internationally. Euromonitor International assesses the company’s ambitious expansion plans.

INDIA: UB appoints Grover Vineyards exec - report

5 Sep 2006

UB Group has reportedly appointed the chief winemaker at India’s Grover Vineyards to head its fledgling wine operations.

Lion not alone in stalking Independent

1 Sep 2006

Although Lion Nathan has remained coy about its interest in Independent Distillers, it is widely expected to bid for the company. However, Independent’s strong presence in key RTD markets in Australia and New Zealand is likely to attract other bidders. Ben Cooper reports.

INDIA: UB mulls Independent bid - report

30 Aug 2006

UB Group has reportedly earmarked New Zealand’s Independent Liquor as a potential takeover target.

INDIA: UB now looking for S Africa winery? - report

25 Aug 2006

A unit of India’s UB group is poised to buy a South African wine company, according to local reports.

UK: Whyte & Mackay silent on UB bid talk

17 Aug 2006

Whyte & Mackay has stayed silent on reports that India’s UB Group has tabled a bid to buy the UK distiller’s Invergordon Distillers business.

UK: Suitors eye buoyant Whyte & Mackay

16 Aug 2006

Whyte & Mackay MD Bob Brannan has revealed the company has received “a number of approaches” from potential suitors as reports in India claim UB Group is eyeing the UK distiller’s brand portfolio.

INDIA: UB sets spirits merger deadline

18 Jul 2006

India’s UB Group has confirmed that the merger of its spirits operations into one entity should be complete by September.

INDIA: UB to build winery in Maharashtra

17 Jul 2006

India’s UB Group plans to set up a winery and bottling unit at Baramati in the state of Maharashtra.

INDIA: UB in Russian distribution talks - report

10 Jul 2006

UB Group is reportedly in talks over a spirits distribution deal in India and Russia with vodka distiller Russian Standard.

FRANCE: Loire producer backs UB deal

5 Jul 2006

Loire wine producer Bouvet-Ladubay has welcomed its sale to UB Group, just weeks after the Indian drinks giant faced opposition in France over its interest in Champagne house Taittinger.

UPDATE INDIA: UB still hunting for French footing

16 Jun 2006

United Breweries will make up for losing out on Taittinger by snapping up one of the French group’s subsidiaries, according to the Indian company’s chairman.

FRANCE: Taittinger deal fails to impress in India

5 Jun 2006

The victory of French bank Crédit Agricole du Nord Est in the race to acquire the Champagne house Taittinger has once more bought into question the willingness of French authorities to allow foreign groups to acquire the country’s leading companies.

FRANCE: Family bid reclaims Taittinger

1 Jun 2006

French bank Crédit Agricole has finally bought Champagne house Taittinger in a deal worth around EUR660m (US$841m).

FRANCE: Family-backed bid may secure Taittinger

30 May 2006

Champagne house Taittinger could return to the hands of the Taittinger family after French bank Crédit Agricole entered into “advanced discussions” with the company’s owner.

INDIA: UB in talks to enter Chinese market

26 May 2006

India’s UB Group is in talks with distributors in China on plans to sell a number of spirits brands in the country.

INDIA: UB reveals bid for Taittinger

24 May 2006

India’s UB Group has tabled an offer for Champagne producer Taittinger.

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