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"Drinking has its taboo side in India, but that's changing" - just-drinks speaks to William Grant & Sons' India head, Sachin Mehta 28 Jan 2020

It has been a decade since William Grant & Sons established a standalone distribution unit in India. You may ask what took the company so long - India, after all, has long been the world's largest whisk(e)y market by volume and Scotch giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard have been in-market much longer.


Mood darkens over India as legislation spoils Pernod Ricard's outlook - Analysis 21 Apr 2017

If it's not one thing then it's another. Such is the way of the global drinks market.


How will India's highway liquor ban affect alcohol sales? - Analysis 4 Apr 2017

The Indian drinks industry was described as "shocked". And, certainly, the decision by the Supreme Court last Friday to uphold a ban on liquor sales within 500m of state and national highways was surprising.


How India's demonetisation measures have affected Pernod Ricard - Analysis  10 Feb 2017

In November, the Indian Government passed reforms withdrawing the INR500 (US$7.40) and INR1,000 notes as legal tender in the country. The snap move was brought in to tackle counterfeit currency and so-called "black money" - undeclared payments.


United Spirits' nine-month performance by pricing segment and brand - Focus 24 Jan 2017

Over the weekend, United Spirits reported its results for the first nine months of its fiscal-2017. Here's a closer look at the Diageo-controlled company's segment and brand performance in the nine months to the end of December.

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Tata Consumer Products agrees PepsiCo India JV takeover 19 May 2020

Tata Consumer Products is to acquire PepsiCo's stake in an Indian bottled water joint venture set up by the two companies.


Diageo silent on United Spirits delisting report 18 May 2020

Diageo has dismissed as "speculation" reports claiming a delisting of its Indian spirits division, United Spirits, is under consideration.


India raises alcohol excise taxes as crowds pack liquor stores - reports 5 May 2020

State governments in India have increased alcohol taxes by as much as 75%, according to local reports, after consumers flocked to reopened liquor stores.


Craft Drinks India added to 'rescheduled' pile 16 Apr 2020

Yet another drinks trade show has fallen foul of the coronavirus pandemic, with Craft Drinks India joining the list of postponed industry events.


Diageo raises stake in United Spirits 5 Mar 2020

Diageo has acquired an additional interest in United Spirits, as it looks to grow premium spirits in the Indian market.


Tata Global Beverages becomes Tata Consumer Products 11 Feb 2020

Tata Global Beverages has been renamed as part of a move to speed up expansion into India’s FMCG market.


India's B9 Beverages takes Bira 91 craft beer to UK 29 Jan 2020

Independent Indian brewer B9 Beverages has launched its flagship Bira 91 brand in the UK.


Beam Suntory launches assault on India with Oaksmith Scotch, Bourbon blend 18 Dec 2019

Beam Suntory has raised its efforts in India, rolling out three of its existing spirits brands in the country and launching a two-strong line of a Scotch/Bourbon blend.


The Coca-Cola Co offloads North India bottling assets 5 Dec 2019

The Coca-Cola Co has transferred its northern India bottling operations to franchise partners.


United Breweries' Kingfisher Ultra Witbier - Product Launch 4 Dec 2019

United Breweries has launched the first non-lager Kingfisher, a craft-style wheat beer called Ultra Witbier.