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United Breweries Limited (UBL) was founded on March 15, 1915, in Madras by Thomas Leishman, a Scotsman, also its first Managing Director. UBL manufactured and sold only bulk beer for troops of both the world wars. It was a classic case of role reversal – India being introduced to this ‘exotic’ brew and in turn becoming its major exporter.

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1857 Thomas Leishman establishes the UB Group
1947 Vittal Mallya elected the company’s first Indian director
1948 Vithal Mallya replaces RGN Price as chairman
1950-60 The company acquires other breweries. The first was McDowell, a move which helped United Breweries extend its portfolio to wines and spirits. The group moved into agro-based industries and medicines when it acquired Kissan Products and formed a long-term relationship with Hoechst AG of Germany to create Aventis Pharma, the Indian subsidiary of the global pharmaceutical major Sanofi-Aventis
2004 Takes over Shaw Wallace, the second largest spirit manufacturer in India
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