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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.


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%.

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Coca-Cola India to "invest aggressively" in Maaza 27 Jun 2016

The Coca-Cola Co's Indian unit has said it aims to make Maaza a US$1bn brand by 2023. 


India's Tamil Nadu state closes 500 liquor shops 22 Jun 2016

The southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu has announced the closure of 500 state-controlled alcohol shops. 


PepsiCo gets okay for Indian soft drinks plant 9 Jun 2016

The Indian state government of Karnataka has given PepsiCo permission to build a major new soft drinks and snacks manufacturing plant, 200km south-west of Bangalore.


India drought hits United Breweries' beer supply 19 May 2016

Heineken's majority-owned Indian brewer, United Breweries, has said it is will look to invest in more waste-water recycling programmes after "acute shortages" forced it to decrease beer production.


Radico Khaitan sees FY profits rise 11 May 2016

Radico Khaitan has reported a slight fall in full-year sales as it looks to focus on higher-margin spirits.


Nichols takes Vimto back to India 11 May 2016

Nichols is relaunching its Vimto soft drinks brand in India after first taking the beverage to the country in 1920.


C&C Group readies Tennent's for India 28 Apr 2016

C&C Group has teamed up with the Indian division of Mahou San Miguel to prepare the launch of two variants in its Tennent's beer brand stable in the country.


Radico Khaitan's Rampur Indian whisky - NPD 21 Apr 2016

Radico Khaitan has lined up the global release of a new single malt Indian whisky.


India mulls soft drinks sugar tax 14 Apr 2016

The Indian Government is weighing up the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, as diabetes and obesity rates in the country increase.


PureCircle plans stevia production in India 13 Apr 2016

Malaysia-based stevia producer PureCircle is to partner farmers in India to plant 5,000 hectares of the plant following the country's move to approve its use as a sweetener. 

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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.