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Drinkers and smokers to pay more for their habit

Liquor hops in certain parts are selling through the backdoor only to select customers at a premium since liquor shops are closed throughout the country with the exception of Kerala where Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is currently being sold. Production and supplies of both liquor and cigarettes have been suspended since the lockdown announcement.

United Spirits shuts down manufacturing operations in India amid lockdown

Earlier this week, Diageo had announced to produce around 300,000 litres of bulk hand sanitiser across 15 manufacturing units for use by public healthcare workers and donate 500,000 litres ENA to the sanitiser industry to enable the production of more than two million units (250 ml each) of hand sanitisers.

Diageo India to make 3 lakh litres of hand sanitisers and donate masks

The liquor firm’s 15 manufacturing units are being repurposed to manufacture hand sanitisers and donation of extra neutral alcohol (ENA), according to a stock exchange filing by the company.

Covid-19 outbreak: Liquor firms to seek licence for sanitisers

The industry will also meet drug controllers to seek and fast-track issuance of required licences and nods. Ethyl alcohol, a key raw material used in a distillery, is also a key ingredient for hand sanitisers. This move comes as the centre has requested state governments to rope in distilleries to make hand sanitisers for the shutdown period till March 31 due to the pandemic.

Prices of alcohols used in making hand sanitizers capped under Essential Commodities Act

The decision would empower the central government and states/union territories to regulate prices, production, sale, distribution, transport, movement, storage, information of alcohols used in manufacturing hand sanitizers, used as preventive measure to avoid infection from COVID-19, Ministry of Consumer Affairs said in a statement.

UB appoints Rishi Pardal as new managing director

Pardal will join UB on June 12 in preparation for taking charge from Ramamurthy and familiarise with the business. He will hold office as MD for a period of five years which will be extendable based on approval of the shareholders theerafter.

Carlsberg probing India operations for 'fraud'

Carlsberg has launched an internal audit of all processes, and has reopened previously closed investigations.

Sula Vineyards adds Australia to its export portfolio

The Nashik-based winery, which holds 60% of the market share in India, has added Australia to its export portfolio in partnership with Adelaide-based liquor wholesaler Kismet Trading. Sula will retail its popular wines at outlets in Adelaide followed by Melbourne and Sydney.

Beer-makers don’t expect a high from the brew in 2020-21

United Breweries and Anheuser Busch InBev expect growth to be in low single digits due to higher taxes, curbs on consumption. Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh — that together account for a fourth of industry's sales, declined 20% during the quarter.

Bira91 taps into customers to brew new launches

On its fifth anniversary, the company said it was looking to launch 40-50 different limited release beers in the next one year to chance upon those winning brews. At its new taproom in Bengaluru, Bira91 said it would launch one new beer a week, brewed in small batches at its newest brewery in Mysore.

Covid-19: Corona beers brunt of virus attack

Covid-19: Corona beers brunt of virus attack

Reports of an increase in online searches for “corona beer virus” and “beer coronavirus” show the Mexican 'Corona' beer hasn’t been able to escape the association. The so-called purchase intent among adults in the U.S. has plunged to the lowest in two years, according to data from YouGov Plc.

Sula Vineyards launches country's first canned wine

Sula Vineyards launches country's first canned wine

Sula is the first Indian player in the canned wine segment. The company will sell both of Dia’s red and white wines in cans, giving the beverage a casual and youthful twist. Wine comes at a low (ABV) alcohol by volume of 8% in line with strong beer, making it popular for both public and private entertaining purposes.

AB InBev wants its premium brands to have a bigger play in India's beer market

AB InBev wants its premium brands to have a bigger play in India's beer market

United Breweries, which owns Kingfisher brand, is by far the leader in the beer segment in India, controlling more than half the market while AB InBev is a distant second with about 20% share. However, AB InBev has more than 65% share in the premium segment, with a portfolio that includes Stella Artois, Leffe and Corona.

'Prohibition hasn't worked; SC would have done better to create highway patrol than shift liquor shops'

'Prohibition hasn't worked; SC would have done better to create highway patrol than shift liquor shops'

"An alternative solution in our country could have been to create a National Highway Patrol (like in USA) with law enforcers on motorcycles with breath analysers. This would have effectively checked truck drivers from drinking and driving while also helping the country improve its unemployment numbers!"

Pernod Ricard India growth rate falls to 5% during July-Dec 2019

Pernod Ricard India growth rate falls to 5% during July-Dec 2019

The maker of Absolut vodka and Chivas Regal Scotch, French firm Pernod Ricard reported net sales growth of 5% for the six months ended December 2019, compared to 24% a year ago. The chairman cited weaker macroeconomic environment, leading to some temporary downtrading in India.

Sula cheers its way to be the first Indian wine brand on Tasmac

Sula cheers its way to be the first Indian wine brand on Tasmac

“We are excited to be the first and the only national wine brand to be associated with Tasmac,” said Rajeev Samant, founder of Sula Vineyards, in a press statement. “As the most integral channel in Tamil Nadu for any alcohol brand, it will ensure that our wines are available to the entire state. It is an accomplishment for us,” he added.

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