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Coca-Cola India suspends bottling operations 22 Aug 2016

Coca-Cola India has confirmed a temporary halt in production at its plant just outside Delhi, having been in communication with pollution control authorities.


The risk of a sugar tax for CSDs in India 21 Apr 2016

Soft drinks marketers are always scratching their heads trying to establish new refreshment occasions for their drinks to exploit. Sometimes, these opportunities can be found in the most extraordinary channels. In Southern India, for example, salons have proved to be a surprise outlet for lemon & lime drinks like Sprite or 7 Up.


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.

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Demonetisation in India set to provide headaches 7 Dec 2016

The introduction of a "demonetisation" policy in India last month looks poised to play havoc with international drinks companies with a presence in the country, although The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo are better placed to cope than most, according to one analyst.


India court halts PepsiC, Coca-Cola water 2 Dec 2016

An Indian court has ruled that contract bottlers for PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co cannot divert water from a drought-hit river as water scarcity in the country continues to trouble beverage makers.


Ardmore back in India for Beam Suntory 29 Nov 2016

Beam Suntory is returning the Ardmore Scotch whisky brand to India after a four-year hiatus with the launch of Ardmore Legacy.


India Beverage Association attacks CSD tax rise 7 Nov 2016

The Indian Beverage Association (IBA) has expressed its disappointment at the country's decision to heavily tax carbonated soft drinks in the country.


Nestle's Nescafe Ready-to-Drink range - NPD 27 Oct 2016

Nestlé India has introduced its ready-to-drink range of Nescafe coffee to India, with market-specific flavours.


US hits AB InBev with US$6m fine over India sales 29 Sep 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev is to pay a US$6m fine after US authorities ruled that an Indian unit of the brewer had violated a corrupt practices act in India and "chilled" a whistleblower. 


United Spirits' McDowell’s No.1 Silk - NPD 28 Sep 2016

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


Heineken ups United Breweries holding again 20 Sep 2016

Heineken has added a further cache of United Breweries shares to its holding in the Indian beer market leader.


India alcohol standards "good for consumers" - SWA 16 Sep 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed new draught regulations in India that bring authorities one step closer to having clear definitions for alcohol categories.


Mallya has United Spirits shares seized 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.

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The brutal truth behind India's temperance movement 25 May 2016

Some people in India believe alcohol should be more difficult to purchase. Last month, the state of Bihar halted all alcohol sales as its chief minister made good on an election promise.