Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Pawar family may buy 49% in UB Group winery

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s family could take up to 49% stake in the UB Group’s Four Seasons winery in Baramati, Maharashtra. The Pawar family will also have a strong boardroom presence in the UB Group’s first wine venture in the country. United Spirits, the spirits flagship of UB Group, will directly hold at least 51% stake in Four Seasons. The Pawar family and a few other local stakeholders will own the rest. The Pawar family is expected to keep a significant minority stake in the venture. The seven-member company board, headed by Mr. Vijay Mallya, is likely to have three Pawar family members on it.

The winery will have a five mn-litre capacity (7 mn bottles) and would attract investments of over Rs. 70 crores, when completed. Four Seasons is likely to hit the market with its first premium offering in October this year even though an economy range could be launched earlier.

Read the complete article in The Economic Times.

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