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April 5, 2013

just For Subscribers – The week in drinks

Here are the eight most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

By Jason Ingle

Here are the eight most viewed, subscriber-only items on just-drinks this week:

8. In the Spotlight – Diageo’s United Spirits Rollercoaster

It took Diageo many years to win the hand of United Spirits (USL), the subsidiary of the Vijay Mallya-owned UB Group. But, this week, the back-slapping that hailed the securing of its successful courtship gave way to pre-wedding jitters as an Indian court ordered Mallya to stump up a INR5bn (US$91.9m) personal guarantee.

7. Comment – Wine – Our Survey Said…?

Last month, Chris Losh was one of the experts on just-drinks’ ‘state of the industry’ webinar. While the webinar looked at the drinks industry as a whole, Chris thinks the results provide plenty of food for thought for the wine companies of this world.

6. INDIA: Diageo move for United Spirits safe, despite pledged share sale

Diageo’s move to take control of The UB Group’s United Spirits division remains on course, despite court approval for UB’s creditors to sell off pledged shares in the unit, just-drinks understands.

5. just the Facts – Scotch whisky exports in 2012

Earlier today (2 April), the Scotch Whisky Association released the Scotch export figures for 2012. Here, courtesy of the SWA, is a list of the top export markets for Scotch in 2012 by value and by volume.

4. Comment – Wehring’s Way – Diageo in No Hurry in India

Reports today claiming that Diageo’s public offer to up its stake in United Spirits (USL) is doomed to failure should be taken in some sort of context.

3. Research in Focus – BRIC Travellers Swell Travel Retail Coffers

Drinks companies stand to benefit as the globall travel retail market continues to expand, buoyed by millions of new passengers from developing economies, according to a new just-drinks/IWSR report.

2. Comment – Scotching Rumours that the Whisky Boom is on the Wane

Is the fabled Scotch whisky boom subsiding? New figures released earlier this week have revealed that export volumes of Scotch in 2012 were down by 5% on 2011.

1. Comment – Spirits – Pernod Ricard and Absolut: Five Years On

This weekend marked the fifth anniversary of Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of Vin & Sprit and the Absolut vodka brand. A lot has changed since those heady days of 2008, so how does the race for – and purchase of – V&S look today? Chris Mercer takes a closer look.

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