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Why Didn't Diageo Act Sooner on Mallya? 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?


United Spirits' short-term pain, but future rosy 4 Sep 2014

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


India: Everyone's Favourite Spirits Market 2 Jul 2014

Finally, after almost 20 months, Diageo has got what it initially wanted in India. The company today (2 July) confirmed it now holds the majority of shares in United Spirits. This achievement, however, has cost way more than Diageo initially expected; to the tune of around US$1bn.


Will Diageo's United Spirits buy raise spirits? 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%.


Analysis - India optimism good for drinks 2 Apr 2014

A survey of consumers in India has revealed that alcoholic beverages may have the most to gain from high levels of optimism in the country.

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Diageo's United Spirits calls on Mallya to quit 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 24 Apr 2015

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


Coca-Cola Co abandons India bottling facility plan 23 Apr 2015

The Coca-Cola Co has seen the ongoing issue of groundwater use in India hit its plans to build a bottling plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.


Amrut Distilleries' Amrut Naarangi 9 Apr 2015

Amrut Distilleries has launched what it claims is the world’s first single malt whisky that carries orange notes.


PepsiCo opens new India plant 8 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has started production at its largest beverage plant in India after company CEO Indra Nooyi inaugurated the site.


Kerala's High Court agrees with spirits ban 7 Apr 2015

The High Court in the Indian state of Kerala has upheld a ban on bars and hotels serving spirits.


Sula Vineyards takes in cut-price storm grapes 30 Mar 2015

India's Sula Vineyards has benefited from bad weather in its home state, with the company taking delivery of a large amount of cut-price, storm-damaged grapes.


Tilaknagar silent over brands sale to Distell 24 Mar 2015

Tilaknagar Industries has declined to comment on speculation that it is looking to sell some of its brands to South Africa’s Distell Group, but admitted it is still eyeing tie-ups.


Pernod Ricard extends India borrowing facility 23 Mar 2015

Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its India unit has increased its banking overdraft facility, but has declined to give a specific reason for the move.


Accolade gives Hardys cricket push in India 16 Mar 2015

Accolade Wines has recruited ex-cricketer Glenn McGrath to promote its Hardys wine brand in India.