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Diageo spends US$27.3m to up stake in United Spirits

22 Aug 2019

Diageo has slightly increased its United Spirits holding, raising its stake in the Indian distiller to 55.2%.

Former Diageo regional head assumes board role at India's Allied Blenders & Distillers - market data

3 Apr 2019

The former head of Diageo's Africa & Asia-Pacific operations has joined the board of India's Allied Blenders & Distillers.

"We've still got a job to do" - just-drinks speaks to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes

1 Feb 2019

Earlier this week, Diageo released its results for the second half of 2018. The group posted a 7.5% increase in sales from the six months to the end of December. Late yesterday, just-drinks spoke to Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes as he travelled between media interviews in London.

Diageo to sell Indian winery Four Seasons Wines to Grover Zampa Vineyards

15 Jan 2019

Diageo is continuing to offload its wine assets, securing an agreement to sell Indian winery Four Seasons Wines.

Diageo to offload United National Breweries to Zimbabwe's Delta Corp

21 Dec 2018

Diageo is to sell United National Breweries, the South African sorghum beer business it bought from India's United Breweries three-and-a-half years ago.

Diageo Performance Trends 2014-2018 - results data

19 Nov 2018

In late-July, Diageo released its full-year results for fiscal-2018. The group saw its sales in the 12 months to the end of June rise by 5% in organic terms on the year-prior. Here, just-drinks picks through Diageo's performance over the past five years for the trends set to affect the group, specifically, and the global spirits category, more broadly.

Diageo takes share in India payment tech start-up HipBar

27 Jun 2018

Diageo has acquired a minority interest in a payment technology start-up company in India.

Former United Spirits president launches premium IMFL JV

22 Jun 2018

A new joint venture between United Spirits executive Vijay Rekhi and Globus Spirits has announced details of a three-strong range of higher-end Indian Made Foreign Liquor expressions in the country.

India's highway liquor ban eased by Supreme Court - reports

25 Aug 2017

India's Supreme Court has tempered the terms of the ban on alcohol sales in proximity to the country's highways, according to local reports.

Digital marketing's over-hyped status, the quarterly results bonanza and the local spirits investment opportunity - The just-drinks analyst

18 Aug 2017

This month, former beverage analyst Ian Shackleton takes a long, hard look at marketing spend in the digital world, a better-than-expected results season and the return of green shoots for local spirits.

India's highway liquor ban hits United Spirits Q1 2018 sales - results

24 Jul 2017

United Spirits has said a ban in India of alcohol sales near the country's highways has impacted first-quarter sales.  

Allied Blenders & Distillers fills empty CEO chair, appoints Paramjit Singh Gill

5 Jul 2017

Indian spirits producer Allied Blenders & Distillers has appointed a former United Spirits executive to fill its vacant CEO position.

India hiccups pull on United Spirits sales in FY fiscal-2017 - results

1 Jun 2017

United Spirits has posted a slight lift in sales from fiscal-2017, despite a dip in volumes due to some exceptional challenges in India during the period.

Indian woes hammer United Breweries in FY 2017 - results

18 May 2017

India's beer market has suffered hugely in the three months to the end of March, according to United Breweries, which posted its full-year results yesterday.

Drinks companies braced for next Indian regulatory headache - Diageo Capital Markets Day 2017

12 May 2017

The head of Diageo-controlled United Spirits has warned of yet another regulatory threat to the drinks industry in India, as the country looks to introduce the nation-wide Goods & Services Tax in the coming months.

Brexit could boost Scotch whisky's Indian aspirations - Diageo Capital Markets Day 2017

11 May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union could help speed up the Scotch whisky category's presence in the burgeoning Indian spirits market, according to the head of Diageo.

"If we stopped investing in places where we have headwinds, we'd stop investing everywhere" - Interview, Pernod Ricard CEO Alex Ricard - Part I

14 Mar 2017

Last month, the CEO of Pernod Ricard, Alex Ricard, was in London to discuss the group's half-year results. just-drinks sat down with Ricard following the press conference to look at both the numbers for the first six months of fiscal-2017 and Ricard's tenure so far, since assuming the leadership in early-2015. In the first part of our exclusive two-part interview, Alex considers Pernod's positions in India and China and shares his thoughts on pricing and the role it plays in a company's approach to premiumisation.

United Spirits' nine-month performance by pricing segment and brand - Focus

24 Jan 2017

Over the weekend, United Spirits reported its results for the first nine months of its fiscal-2017. Here's a closer look at the Diageo-controlled company's segment and brand performance in the nine months to the end of December.

Sales slow in Q3 for United Spirits as demonetisation drags - results

23 Jan 2017

United Spirits has reported a lift in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, although the Indian company's top-line in the third-quarter has been hampered by the country's demonetisation legislation in the third quarter.

Diageo weighing up United Spirits stake increase - report

18 Jan 2017

Diageo is considering upping its stake in United Spirits, according to a report.

The President-Elect Trump effect on alcohol, the draw of local spirits and the vital role of the IR director - The just-drinks Analyst

2 Dec 2016

just-drinks is thrilled to welcome a new industry commentator to the fold. Until earlier this year, Ian Shackleton spent over 25 years as a beverages analyst with several major banks, including Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Now a principal at financial communications company Bell Pottinger, Ian will cast an analyst's eye each month over developments and issues affecting the drinks industry. This month, he looks at what the Trump effect could be, the prospects for the local spirits sector and the importance of the IR point-of-contact.

Key Brands Performance - Gin Essentials, Part IV

6 Oct 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the global gin category. In part four, we turn our attention to the major gin brands and their owners.

United Spirits' McDowell’s No.1 Silk - Product Launch

28 Sep 2016

The Diageo-controlled United Spirits has released a honey-flavoured version of its flagship whisky brand, McDowell's No. 1.

Whyte & Mackay’s The Dalmore 35 - Product Launch

22 Sep 2016

Whyte & Mackay has lined up the roll-out of a 35-year-old iteration of its The Dalmore single malt Scotch whisky.

Vijay Mallya has United Spirits shares seized in money laundering probe

6 Sep 2016

India’s Enforcement Directorate has seized assets from the former chairman of United Spirits, Vijay Mallya, that include shares in the Diageo-controlled division.

Diageo's India wine unit launches new expression, amid talk of uncertain future

22 Jul 2016

The wine arm of India's United Spirits has launched its first new product since the unit came under Diageo control.

Diageo silent on job losses amid United Spirits overhaul

18 Jul 2016

Diageo has confirmed a restructure at Indian unit United Spirits, but has declined to comment on local reports that the shake-up could cost 300 jobs.

Diageo chases US$185m in United Spirits fund diversions linked to Vijay Mallya

11 Jul 2016

Diageo's United Spirits division in India has identified almost US$185m-worth of "improper transactions" involving its former chairman, Vijay Mallya.

Menezes expands roles as Nick Blazquez exits Diageo

11 May 2016

Diageo's Africa & Asia-Pacific president, Nick Blazquez, is to leave the company after 27 years.

Diageo and Vijay Mallya - The end of the affair - Timeline

29 Feb 2016

Earlier this month, Diageo announced that it has secured the resignation of United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya from his position at the Indian unit. Here, just-drinks takes a look at Diageo's relationship with the Indian entrepreneur: 

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