Welcome to United Breweries Limited

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  • India's largest beer company

    A market leader in the truest sense

  • Brewing excellence since inception

    With a hundred-year heritage

  • Times Change,

    The Good Times Don't!

  • Committed to giving the best experience to our patrons

  • Recipient of prestigious international accolades

  • A vast distribution network
    across India

UB at a Glance

In 1915, the foundation of Good Times was laid with the coming together of 5 breweries in South India. Today, our beer business has shown strong growth and we are the undisputed king of the Indian beer market.

United Breweries Limited is synonymous with innovation and aggressive marketing that is complemented by a strong distribution network which encompasses an impressive spread of owned and contract manufacturing facilities across the country.

Our flagship brand 'Kingfisher', has achieved international recognition consistently, and has won many awards at international beer festivals. Our most popular beer, Kingfisher Premium Lager beer, is currently available in 69 countries and leads the way among Indian beers in the international market.

Mission Statement

The group’s Mission Statement embodies these objectives:

  • To be the recognized leader in our target markets.
  • To recognize the value of human assets and be the preferred employer wherever we operate.
  • To be the partner of choice for customers and suppliers.
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Heritage & History

It all began with 5 breweries in South India, the oldest of which, Castle Breweries, dates back to 1857. United Breweries, as these breweries were named in 1915, has come a very long way.

Soon afterwards, the sight of bullock carts carrying huge barrels or 'Hog's heads' containing beer became a household sight. These carts wheeled their way to customers, including British troops living in and around Madras, Bangalore and the Nilgiris. Almost immediately, the brew from UB became a favourite, especially with the British troops. So began the history of beer in India, and the history of United Breweries!

The company was bought by the late Mr. Vittal Mallya in 1947, and since then, has consistently tasted success and never looked back. Today, each one of the 89,763 outlets selling beer in India, sell atleast one brand from United Breweries.

  • 1915

    United Breweries (UB) forays into brewing with 5 breweries in South India.

  • 1944

    First bottled beer is created under the label "Exports Beer".

  • 1948

    Mr. Vittal Mallya becomes first Chairman.

  • 1950

    Bangalore is made headquarters.

  • 1960

    Kalyani Breweries is set up in Kalyani, West Bengal.

  • 1965

    Kesarwal Beverages is set up in Goa.

  • 1972

    High Range Breweries is set up in Cherthala in Kerala.


Board of Directors

Dr. Vijay Mallya


Dr. Vijay Mallya is a second-time Member of India's Parliament and Chairman of The United Breweries (UB) Group, one of India's largest conglomerates with diverse interests in brewing, distilling, real estate, biotechnology and information technology. He was born in 1955 and following his father's demise, he became the Chairman of the UB Group at the age of 28.

Prior to being entrusted with the responsibilities of running a conglomerate, Dr. Mallya worked for the American Hoechst Corporation in the United States. Since 1980, he assisted his father, the then Chairman of the UB Group, in managing the important brewing and spirits divisions. Upon assuming the position of Chairman in October 1983, Dr. Mallya initiated the process of defining a corporate structure with performance accountability, inducting professional management and consolidating businesses. The UB Group is solely focused on increasing value for its stakeholders through its various operating businesses, and through strategic partnerships, and alliances.

Dr. Mallya has received several professional awards both in India and overseas. Dr. Mallya has been on the Board of UBL since March 30, 2002.

  • Mr. Ravi Nedungadi


    A trained Chartered and Cost Accountant, Mr. Nedungadi joined the United Breweries Group in 1990 as the Corporate Treasurer. Within two years, he became the Group Finance Director of the Group’s international business, managing the businesses of UB International, which included the paint giant Berger Jenson and Nicholson, with operations spanning 27 countries. He was instrumental in listing the Berger Group Of Companies on the London and Singapore bourses.

    Since his appointment as the President and Group CFO in 1998, he has led the way in sharpening the focus of the Group, which had a conglomerate approach, on areas of competence and global reach. This saw the Group focus on clearly defined verticals, each representing clear leadership within India and having global significance.

    He was also responsible for opening up the beverage alcohol sector to Global Best Practices and Transparency, enabling the entry of institutional investors and rerating of the industry itself.

    Under his leadership, the market capitalization of the 3 principal Group companies crossed US$ 5 Billion, which bears testimony to the successful accomplishment of business restructuring, consolidation and enhanced shareholder value.

    Mr. Nedungadi is the recipient of many awards of excellence, including Udyog Ratan Award, IMA’s CFO of the Year, CNBC TV18’s – CFO of the Year – M & A, etc.

    Memberships in esteemed organisations like Who’s Who of Professionals only reinforce the above testimonials. Further, he is on the Board of several companies, both in India and overseas.

    His interests in social work and the arts engage his free time. He is an active Rotarian and is a Trustee of India Foundation for the Arts, India’s leading grant making Art Philanthropy.

    Mr. Nedungadi has been on the Board of UBL since August 09, 2002.

  • Mr. Chugh Yoginder Pal


    Mr. Chugh Yoginder Pal is a first class Graduate in Engineering from Delhi University. After a brief Industrial Engineering training stint in TELCO, he joined Hindustan Lever in 1960, where he held various positions starting in Industrial Engineering and moved up quickly in the Management hierarchy in a variety of Production, Factory and General Management roles leading to head of Corporate Materials Management. He joined Cadbury India Limited as Technical Director and became Managing Director in 1983, and Chairman & Managing Director in 1987. He retired as Executive Chairman in 1997 and as Non-Executive Chairman of Cadbury India Limited (now Mondelez India Foods Limited) in March, 2015.

    Mr. Pal brings with him great expertise and understanding of the Indian Business environment. He was President of the prestigious Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Mr. Pal has been on the Board of UBL since April 29, 2005.

  • Mr. Sunil Kumar Alagh


    Mr. Sunil Alagh is Chairman of SKA Advisors, a Business Advisory/ Consultancy firm with a focus on Marketing and Brand building strategies. He is a graduate in Economics (Hons.) and has completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta. He has worked with ITC Limited, Jagatjit Industries Limited and Britannia Industries Limited. He was Managing Director and CEO of Britannia Industries Limited from 1989 to 2003. During this tenure, Britannia featured in the Forbes Magazine list of 300 Best Small Companies in the world for 3 years. It also became the Number 1 food Brand in India.

    He is on the Boards of GATI Ltd. (a JV with KWE, Japan), GATI Import & Export Trading Ltd. and Indofil Industries Ltd. In addition, he is a member on the advisory Board of the Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering and Technology, Yavatmal, Advisory Board of Setco Automotive Ltd., Mumbai, Senior Advisor to Hannover Re, Germany and on the Executive Committee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is a former member of the Board of IL&FS Investsmart Ltd., The Indian Advisory Board of Schindler Switzerland, Board of Governors’ of IIM Bangalore and IIM Indore, the Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and a member of the Round Table on Higher Education of the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

    He was honoured with the ‘Gold Medal Kashlkar Memorial Award 2000’ for outstanding contribution to the food processing industry in India. He was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2002.

    Mr. Alagh has been on the Board of UBL since April 29, 2005.

  • Mr. Chhagan Lal Jain


    Mr. Chhaganlal Jain is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary by profession, having more than 45 years of Corporate experience in various organizations including ICI and Hindustan Lever Ltd. He was Finance Director of Hoechst India Ltd. He was also External Faculty Member at Bajaj Institute of Management for 17 years. Apart from Directorship he holds in esteemed public companies, he is also a trustee of Nayana Parekh Charitable Trust, Sangeeta Jain Charitable Trust and Oswal Mitra Mandal.

    Mr. Jain has been on the Board of UBL since January 27, 2003.



    Mr. Frans Erik Eusman joined Heineken in 1987. He has worked in various finance and general management positions in Europe and Asia. He has been appointed President of Asia Pacific Region at Heineken NV since July 1, 2015. Previously Mr. Eusman served as the Chief Business Services Officer at Heineken NV from 2010 to July 1, 2015. Mr. Eusman was Managing Director of Heineken France S.A.S. from 2005 until October 1, 2010 and Corporate Control & Accounting Director from 2003 to 2005. He was a Member of the Executive Committee from October 2010 to 30 June 2015 and since 1 July 2015, a member of the Executive Team at Heineken NV.

    Mr. Eusman has been appointed on the Board of UBL effective August 01, 2015.

  • Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw


    A pioneer of the biotechnology industry in India and the head of the country’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon, Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is a highly respected businesswoman. Ms. Shaw, a first generation entrepreneur, has made her country proud with a globally recognized bio-pharma enterprise, which is committed to innovation and affordability in delivering world-class therapeutics to patients worldwide. As the first woman brewmaster of India, with a pioneering spirit to make a difference, she leveraged her knowledge of fermentation science to pursue the road less taken and build an innovative bio-pharma company, the first in India. Today, Biocon is India’s largest insulins Company that pioneered the development of the world’s only pichia-based recombinant human insulin, which is now available in over 60 countries. Under her leadership, Biocon has become a well-recognised global brand.

    As a global influencer, she is ranked among, ‘World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma’, by Fierce Biotech, TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, Forbes ‘100 Most Powerful Women’, and Fortune’s ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’, The U.S. based Chemical Heritage Foundation conferred her with the ‘2014 Othmer Gold Medal’ and Germany based Kiel Institute for the World Economy awarded her its coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize’ for Business. The US based, Foreign Policy magazine has named her among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014’. More recently, she has featured in ‘The Worldview 100 List’ of the most influential visionaries by US-based Scientific American Magazine and has been ranked second among the 100 Most Influential People in the field of medicine in the ‘Global Medicine Maker Power List 2015’ published by a top UK-based medical publication. Her vision and work for biotechnology have drawn global recognition both for Indian Industry and Biocon.

    Ms. Shaw is also an independent member of the Board of Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions. She is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

    In addition to her formal qualifications of a Brewmaster from Ballarat University, Australia; she holds several other honourary degrees from renowned international universities like Trinity College, Dublin; University of Abertay, Dundee; University of Glasgow; Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh etc. Ms. Shaw is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Nikkei Asia Prize, 2009 for Regional Growth; Express Pharmaceutical Leadership Summit Award 2009 for Dynamic Entrepreneur; the Economic Times ‘Businesswoman of the Year’; the ‘Veuve Clicquot Initiative’ for Economic Development for Asia; Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award for Life Sciences & Healthcare; ‘Technology Pioneer’ recognition by World Economic Forum and The Indian Chamber of Commerce, ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Her most cherished awards are the two National Civilian Awards, PADMASHRI (1989) and PADMA BHUSHAN (2005) presented to her by the President of India, for her innovative efforts in Industrial Biotechnology. She is also the Honourary Consul of Ireland in Bangalore.

    Ms. Shaw has been on the Board of UBL since October 26, 2009.

  • Mr. Madhav Bhatkuly


    Mr. Madhav Bhatkuly has a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is a recipient of the Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship from the British Government. Mr. Bhatkuly was a country partner of Arisaig Partners from 1999 to 2005. Prior to that, he was associated with SG Securities and ICICI Bank Limited. He partnered with Chris Hohn of The Children’s Investment Fund, (UK) TCI to set up a dedicated India Fund. He is credited to have been amongst the first institutional investors in many small companies which have gone on to become some of India’s leading names. He has been featured on several TV shows including “CNBC’s wizards of Dalal Street”, Indianomics, the Karan Thapar Show etc. and has been invited to speak at many business schools such as the Indian Institute of Management, and by many organisations such as the Confederation of India Industries (CII), Goldman Sachs etc.

    He currently serves as director on the board of New Horizon Opportunities Master Fund (NHOF). Based on the information in public domain, NHOF has been the best performing India fund in the world over the past 6 years.

    Mr. Bhatkuly has been on the Board of UBL since October 26, 2009.



    Mr. Sijbe Hiemstra has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the School of Higher Economic Studies, Rotterdam and has attended various International Management programmes. Mr. Hiemstra joined Heineken in 1978. The first six years he worked with Gedistilleerd en Wijngroep Nederland. He started in various commercial and logistic projects, culminating in Product, Brand and Category Management. In 1985, he was appointed Export Manager Soft Drinks, with the Heineken Export Department/Vrumona. In 1989, Mr. Hiemstra started his overseas career as Country Manager of Heineken Export in Seoul, South Korea. This was followed by several years as Commercial Manager with South Pacific Holdings in Papua New Guinea and as General Manager of Brasseries de Bourbon in ILLe de La Reunion. In 1995, he returned to the Netherlands to take up the position of Deputy Director Central Africa for Heineken’s Africa/Middle East Cluster. In 1998, he was appointed Regional Director SEA/Oceania with Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd in Singapore. In 2001, he became Director of Heineken Technical Services in Zoeterwoude. In October 2005, he was appointed Regional President, Heineken Asia Pacific based in Singapore. In 2011, he assumed the role of President - Africa and Middle East.

    Mr. Hiemstra has been appointed on the Board of UBL effective July 23, 2015.

  • Mr. Stephan Gerlich


    Mr. Gerlich started his career with Bayer AG in Germany in 1978 and shortly later moved to a subsidiary in France. After 3 years in France, he joined the Bayer operations in Mexico. In 1991, he returned to the Bayer Headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany as the Regional Marketing Manager for Engineering Plastics Division and later designated as Global Marketing Manager in 1992. In 1994, he took over as Director, Sales & Marketing, and Key Account Manager in Bayer, France. In 1995, he became President / CEO of the Bayer / Hoechst Joint Venture, Dystar, in Mexico. In 2000, he became Vice President in charge of Sales in US & Canada for Dystar, based in North Carolina.

    In April 2014, Mr. Stephan Gerlich assumed the role as CEO of Bayer de Mexico and spokesperson of the Bayer Group in Mexico. Bayer in Mexico has more than 3,200 employees, sales of 1,000 Mio € and 5 production sites. Formerly, in his assignment in India, Mr. Gerlich was the Country Group Speaker for the Bayer Group in India and the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Limited, and Chairman & Managing Director of Bayer MaterialScience Private Limited.

    Mr. Gerlich has been on the Board of UBL since July 02, 2010.

  • Mr. Shekhar Ramamurthy

    Managing Director

    Mr. Shekhar Ramamurthy graduated from IIT Delhi in 1985 and subsequently from IIM Calcutta in 1987. He has worked for the UB Group for about 26 years, initially in Corporate Planning and subsequently in what is now United Spirits Limited before being transferred to United Breweries Limited. For the last 3 years, as the Joint President of UBL, Mr. Shekhar Ramamurthy has actively been part of the dynamic growth story of the Company which saw Kingfisher establish unrivalled market leadership in the country.

    Mr. Shekhar Ramamurthy has been appointed on the Board of UBL effective August 01, 2015.

  • Mr. Steven Bosch

    Director, CFO

    Mr. Bosch holds an MSc. in Business Administration from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has completed various Finance and Management Development programs at CERAM School of Management & Technology and at INSEAD-Fontainebleau. He started his career in 2002 in the banking industry and held various roles of increasing responsibility with ABN AMRO’s investment banking division, located in Amsterdam, Paris and Jakarta. Before joining Heineken, he was a Vice President with the Royal Bank of Scotland, based in Hong Kong. As a Director in Heineken International’s Global Business Development team, Mr. Bosch has led a wide range of projects including acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, restructuring and business due diligence projects.

    In addition to a diverse professional experience in mature markets globally, he has held project leadership positions in emerging markets including Argentina, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Russia and South Africa. Mr. Bosch’ expertise includes business planning, financial analysis, due diligence, valuation, transaction structuring, integration planning, project management, acquisitions, mergers, divestments and equity capital markets solutions. He brings with him about 15 years’ experience of a professional in finance, investment banking and business development.

  • Mr. Govind Iyengar

    Company Secretary

    Mr. Govind Iyengar joined erstwhile United Breweries Limited (UBL) in February 2001 as Deputy Company Secretary to look after the Secretarial matters of the company. Prior to joining UBL, he was working with Citurgia Bio-Chemicals Limited, a Wadia Group Company in Mumbai as a Company Secretary. Upon de-merger of the brewing business of the erstwhile UBL into the current organisation, Mr. Iyengar took over the position as Company Secretary. Presently, Mr. Iyengar heads the Secretarial and Legal functions of UBL as Senior Vice President- Legal & Company Secretary.

Manufacturing network
in India

Production - Plants around India

A testament to our success, sealed by experts. Here's a showcase of the vast footprint of the production capabilities through owned and contracted facilities of United Breweries Ltd., across the length and breadth of India.

21 units out of 30

United Breweries Ltd

C 60, Focal Point Area,
Ludhiana – 141001

United Breweries Ltd

Main Jaipur Highway, Village Joniawas Dharuhera, District Rewari, Haryana - 122106

United Breweries Ltd

Plot No 3 & 3A RIICO Industrial Area, Milestone-111, NH-8, Shahjahanpur Rajasthan - 301706

United Breweries Ltd

Alwar(Rajasthan), RIICO Industrial Area, Block No.SP 971, Chopanki, Alwar District, Rajasthan - 301019

United Breweries Ltd

Plot No. A-1 Industrial Area, Kopakala (Naubatpur) District Patna. Bihar - 801109

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Vittal Mallya Road, Plot No. 18, Block - D, PO: Kalyani, Dist: Nadia, West Bengal - 741235

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Plot No. L-10 / 11, MIDC, Waluj Industrial Area, Aurangabad - 431136

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Plot H-8 to H-11, MIDC Industrial Area, Waluj, Aurangabad - 431136, Maharashtra

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Plot No-M-1, MIDC Industrial Area, Raigad, Taloja - 410208, Maharashtra

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Survey No. 294/1, 294/2, APIIC Park, Kothlapur Village, Sangareddy Mandal, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh - 502295

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Survey No. 242, 261, 263 TO 273 & 299, Mallepally Village, Kondapur Mandal, Medak District – 502295

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Unit Khurda Plot No. B-1, Khurda Industrial Estate, Khurda - 752055

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Bantupalli Village, J R Puram Post, Ranasthalam Mandal, Srikakulam District - 532407

United Breweries Ltd

Post Box No.3, Bethora, Ponda,
Goa - 403401

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Plot No. 310, 311, 322E Industrial Area, Baikampady, Mangalore - 575011

United Breweries Ltd

20th Mile, Tumkur Road, Nelamangala, Bangalore - 562123

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Thiruvallur High Road, Aranovoyal Village, Thiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu - 602025

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788/2, Kuthambakkam, Thirumazhisai P.O.Tiruvallur Dist.Chennai - 602107

United Breweries Ltd

Tandya Industrial Area, Nanjungud Taluk, Mysore - 570301

United Breweries Ltd

Kanjikode West (PO), Palakkad – 678623

United Breweries Ltd

Post Box No. 2, Varanad P.O, Cherthala, Alappuzha Dist, Kerala - 688524

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