Der indische Whisky-Mogul Vijay Mallya und seine Firma United Breweries sind daran interessiert, die schottische Whiskyfirma Whyte & Mackay aufzukaufen. Dadurch könnten sie die dazugehörigen Markenwhiskies zum blenden mit ihren eigenen Produkten verwenden und somit wieder Fuß auf dem europäischen Markt fassen.
Im Gegenzug hofft die schottische Whiskyindustrie heimlich, dass der Deal zustande kommt, und dadurch der Zugang zum indischen Markt erleichtert wird.
Indian tycoon eyes whisky buyout
AN Indian tycoon has launched a bid to buy a famous Scots distiller.
Negotiations are ongoing between Vijay Mallya’s company United Breweries and the Glasgow whisky firm Whyte & Mackay.
The tycoon, who also owns Kingfisher Beer, is believed to be considering making a £460million bid for Whyte & Mackay.
The company, which employs more than 600 people in Scotland, recently relaunched its Whyte & Mackay label. It also produces Isle of Jura single malt, Dalmore scotch and Vladivar vodka.
A move to acquire Whyte & Mackay would also give Mallya access to the firm’s distilleries so he would have the option of using its whiskies and blending them with his own.
His company produce and promote a number of cheap Indian brands including Bagpiper.
Whisky industry backing Mallya
THE whisky industry in Scotland is quietly hoping that Vijay Mallya, India’s leading beer and spirits tycoon, is successful in his bid to acquire privately-owned distiller Whyte & Mackay, The Herald has learned.
None has spoken publicly about their support for Mallya’s prospective takeover, because of the political and commercial sensitivity of such an acquisition.
However, there appears to be a common consensus in the industry that an Indian buy-out of Whyte & Mackay would open up the world’s largest whisky market to Scotland’s distillers by bringing pressure to bear on the Indian government to drastically reduce discriminatory taxation.
It would also bring millions of pounds in extra revenue to the Scotch whisky industry…