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Comment - Japan's Earthquake Won't Shake Brewers

Japan's major drinks companies have been hit hard by the aftermath of the earthquake, but their core strategies remain unshaken....

Sink or Swim for Japan's Brewers

The latest sales figures to emerge from Japan's largest brewers have underlined that they must either dive into overseas markets or face sta...


Comment - Beer - M&A: Time to Play?

Larry Nelson | 30 Nov 2010

M&A activity within the beer sector this year has been limited to just the one big transaction, in Mexico. Larry Nelson believes, however, that 2010 could have served as the calm before the storm, with the next wave of consolidation expected to break soon. Indeed, according to some, that wave could even be a tsunami, the size of which the world's brewers have never seen before.


In the Spotlight – Foster's Group

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2010

Foster's shares leapt nearly 10% on Wednesday (26 May) on speculation that, minus its troubled wines business, it may now become the subject of a takeover bid.


SABMiller, Japanese brewers in the Foster's frame?

Chris Mercer | 27 May 2010

Will SABMiller finally break cover and go for a big acquisition or should we look to Asia to provide a suitor for Foster's beer business? Here, just-drinks takes a look at the names in the hat.


Japanese drinks giants awaken

just-drinks.com editorial team | 18 Dec 2009

Destocking and economic turmoil aside, 2009 must surely be the year when Japan's latent drinks giants seized their chance to make themselves heard on the international scene.

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just the week in - Beer

Lucy Britner | 26 Jun 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.


Sapporo chases US$92.7m tax rebate - report

Andy Morton | 23 Jun 2015

Sapporo has protested a decision to refuse it an JPY11.5bn (US$92.7m) tax rebate, according to a report.


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Sapporo unveils latest TV spot in Canada, US

Andy Morton | 16 May 2014

Sapporo International has launched a North American TV campaign for its namesake beer.


Sapporo seeks buyer to save Canada jobs

Andy Morton | 7 Mar 2013

Sapporo International is to close one of its Canadian breweries if it fails to find a buyer for the plant before July.


Coopers Brewery reveals AUD20m expansion

James Wilmore | 15 Jan 2013

Coopers Brewery is launching a AUD20m (US$21m) capital expansion project this year, including doubling the size of its lager cellar.


just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

James Wilmore | 14 Sep 2012

The top ten stories published on just-drinks last week


Sapporo budget too small for Britvic - analyst

Andy Morton | 14 Sep 2012

Japanese brewer Sapporo will likely spend a new acquisitions fund on mid-size buys in Asia, with European targets such as Britvic outside its budget, an analyst has said.


Sapporo eyes acquisitions with US$2.5bn investment

Michelle Russell | 10 Sep 2012

Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings is to invest about US$2.5bn over the next five years with an eye on foreign acquisitions, the company confirmed today (10 September).


Asahi Group lines up JV with Indofood CBP

Andy Morton | 9 Jul 2012

Asahi Group has set up joint ventures to make non-alcoholic beverages with an Indonesian food-and-drinks firm worth US$213m, according to reports.


JAPAN: Asahi Group to buy Calpis for US$1.5bn

Andy Morton | 8 May 2012

Asahi Group will buy Japanese soft-drinks maker Calpis for JPY120bn (US$1.5bn), the company said today (8 May).


Asahi approaches Calpis buyout - report

Andy Morton | 27 Apr 2012

Asahi Group is said to be on the verge of buying Japanese soft-drinks maker Calpis Co for US$1.2bn.


Japan Q1 beer sales return to pre-earthquake level

Olly Wehring | 12 Apr 2012

Sales of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan registered a very slight lift in the first quarter of this year, according to recent figures.


just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

Olly Wehring | 17 Feb 2012

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Sapporo Holdings to merge beverage units

Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2012

Sapporo Holdings has further integrated the Pokka Corp business by merging the unit with its own non-alcoholic beverage business.


Sapporo targets Vietnam, FY profits slide

Chris Mercer | 10 Feb 2012

Sapporo Holdings has said that it sees Vietnam as the brewer's "bridgehead" for greater expansion into Southeast Asia.


Sapporo Holdings to control Silver Springs Citrus

Chris Mercer | 7 Feb 2012

Sapporo Holdings has agreed to acquire control of Silver Springs Citrus, one of the largest private-label producers of premium fruit juices in the US.


Asahi Group heads weak Japanese beer market

Chris Mercer | 18 Jan 2012

Asahi Group remained Japan's number one brewer by volume in 2011, but rival Sapporo Holdings has offered a reminder that growth lies outside of the country.


Sapporo Holdings to merge business units

Michelle Russell | 30 Nov 2011

Sapporo Holdings has announced plans to integrate two of its Japanese subsidiaries in a bid to strengthen its position in the country's soft drinks and food markets.


Sapporo sees earthquake hammer profits

Chris Mercer | 31 Oct 2011

Sapporo Holdings has reported a slump in nine-month profits due to the earthquake and tsunami that struck its native Japan, but demand for the group's beer across Asia lifted net sales.

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Hennessy's time capsule is for the ages

Lucy Britner | 11 Jun 2015

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Cognac brand Hennessy is trumpeting a virtual time capsule, making a parallel between it and a barrel of Cognac.

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