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Diageo and Vijay Mallya - The end of the affair

Earlier this month, Diageo announced that it has secured the resignation of United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya from his position at the In...

Diageo " knew United Spirits would be complicated”

The head of Diageo has admitted that his company's eventual purchase of majority control of India's United Spirits had given the firm its fa...


Lucy Britner | 27 Jul 2015

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 quarter, the three months to the end of June:


Lucy Britner | 24 Jun 2015

Is the sun finally about to return for Diageo? Analysts at Nomura have upgraded their rating for the global drinks giant from 'neutral' to 'buy' after meetings with the company reassured them that the company's ‘bad newsflow’ is abating and that growth would see a recovery in fiscal-2016.


Drinks giant Diageo has been in the news recently after discrepancies were found in the results of United Spirits, an Indian spirits company that the company recently bought a controlling stake in.


Olly Wehring | 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?

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 18 Dec 2012

In the first part of just-drinks' interview with Paul Varga, the CEO of Brown-Forman discussed the company's portfolio and prospects in emerging markets. In this second - and final - part, Varga details the company's take on the mergers & acquisitions scene in the global spirits industry, and the roll of innovation as an alternative to M&A.


In the first just-drinks interview of 2010, we sit down with John Beard, CEO of Whyte & Mackay, and ask him about his first nine months in the hotseat, his company's relationship with its Indian owners and where he sees opportunity for growth going forward. Go on, take a guess.

Latest News

Olly Wehring | 25 Feb 2016

Diageo has secured the resignation of United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya from his position at the Indian unit.


Andy Morton | 28 Jan 2016

United Spirits sales jumped 13% in the first nine months of its financial quarter, with more than half of that coming from Diageo brands.


Andy Morton | 14 Dec 2015

Diageo's Indian spirits unit, United Spirits, has said it is reviewing its Smirnoff Ice strategy amid media reports it has halted production.


Jagdish Kumar | 11 Dec 2015

Diageo's United Spirits division is set to act as corporate guarantor for a US$15m loan to Pioneer Distilleries.


Olly Wehring | 27 Nov 2015

Bihar is the latest state in India that will ban the consumption of alcohol, fulfilling an election pledge by the state's Chief Minister.


Olly Wehring | 24 Nov 2015

French wine company Bouvet Ladubay has returned to family control following Diageo's decision to withdraw from the category.


Lucy Britner | 19 Nov 2015

Whyte & Mackay is to distribute Camus Cognac in the UK.


Olly Wehring | 16 Nov 2015

Diageo is looking to the so-called mainstream segment of the spirits category to drive its growth in emerging markets going forward.


Olly Wehring | 13 Nov 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.


Jagdish Kumar | 13 Nov 2015

The UB Group is set to offload its remaining holding in Diageo-controlled United Spirits, a source has told just-drinks.


Andy Morton | 9 Nov 2015

The Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) category is headed for a three-way fight between Diageo's United Spirits, Pernod Ricard and Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), an executive from one of the companies has said.


Olly Wehring | 4 Nov 2015

Diageo's United Spirits unit has reported a lift in both half-year and second-quarter sales, with the parent company's brands being credited with driving the rises.


Andy Morton | 7 Aug 2015

Diageo-controlled United Spirits has said it will not dump its mass brands after revealing it is to focus on just 15 “power brands” to fuel premium growth.


Olly Wehring | 30 Jul 2015

Diageo has reported flat sales for its fiscal full-year, with volumes slipping back slightly.


Olly Wehring | 22 Jul 2015

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Olly Wehring | 17 Jul 2015

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Olly Wehring | 8 Jul 2015

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Andy Morton | 7 Jul 2015

Heineken has bought United Spirits' remaining stake in India's United Breweries (UB) for INR8.72bn (US$137.2m).


Olly Wehring | 1 Jul 2015

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Olly Wehring | 12 Jun 2015

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


Olly Wehring | 5 Jun 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.


Olly Wehring | 4 Jun 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...

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