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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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Heineken silent on UB takeover report 24 Aug 2015

Heineken has declined to comment on a report it is looking to take control of India's United Breweries (UB).

International Beverage enters India with Scotch 11 Aug 2015

International Beverage Holdings has rolled out three of its single malt Scotch whisky brands across India.

Diageo's United Spirits to keep tail brands 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.

King's Black Label gets revamp, India roll-out 4 Aug 2015

The new owner of Goan lager brand King’s Black Label, India's Viiking Group, is set to roll out the brand across the country.

ABD appoints new head - report 4 Aug 2015

Indian whiskey producer Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD) has appointed a former Diageo employee as its new MD & CEO, according to local reports.

Sula launches first premium brandy in India 16 Jul 2015

Sula Vineyards has launched what it claims is India’s first premium grape brandy - Janus.

Heineken snaps up United Spirits' final UB slice 7 Jul 2015

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

Tilaknagar Industries on verge of sale - report 6 Jul 2015

Tilaknagar Industries is preparing to cede majority control to Indian whiskey rival Allied Blenders & Distillers, a report has claimed.

India to assess alcohol standards - report 26 Jun 2015

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said it plans to assess standards for alcoholic beverages, according to a report in Business Today India.

Pernod Ricard confirms new India head 24 Jun 2015

Pernod Ricard has confirmed that Guillaume Girard-Reydet, currently managing director of Pernod Ricard Wyborowa, and of Central Europe, will be appointed managing director of Pernod Ricard India.