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What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Comment

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months....

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Comment

Following on from Chris Losh's look at the year ahead for wine and Stephen Beaumont's consideration of the future for beer, Richard Woodard...

Andy Morton | 19 Dec 2016

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a premium in global M&A.

Ben Cooper | 30 Nov 2016

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.

Richard Corbett | 22 Sep 2016

This month, soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett looks at the sports drinks category and considers its continued reliance on one market at a time when its global future should look considerably more upbeat.

Richard Woodard | 22 Jun 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this six-part review of the non-Scotch whisky category. In part four, we turn our attention to the major whisk(e)y brands.

Latest Interviews

James Wilmore | 26 Jun 2014

Spirits firm Beam is now under the control of Japan's Suntory Holdings after a US$16bn takeover earlier this year. So how will this new marriage work in some key global markets? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific & South America president, Nick Fink, to find out.

Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2012

Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with David Gates, the global category director of whisk(e)y at Diageo, to talk about Johnnie Walker, Formula One, Scotch and the other whisk(e)y sub-categories.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 17 Feb 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory will launch an Original flavour variant under its Lucozade Zero brand in the UK.

Olly Wehring | 14 Feb 2017

Suntory Group has made the integration of Beam Suntory a "top priority", as the unit, which the Japanese group acquired three years ago, delivered a mid-single-digit lift in sales for the 12 months of 2016.

Andy Morton | 25 Jan 2017

Domestic beer volumes in Japan fell by 3% last year as shipments from all five major brewers declined, according to local reports.

Andy Morton | 16 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings is sending staff to health camps amid worries the beverage company's employees are more obese than those in other industries, according to a report.

Andy Morton | 6 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings has confirmed to just-drinks it has no plans to list its international spirits unit, Beam Suntory.

Andy Morton | 3 Jan 2017

Suntory Holdings' European soft drinks unit, Orangina Schweppes Group, has completed an upgrade to its Spanish R&D centre as part of an overall EUR14m (US$14.5m) long-term investment.

Olly Wehring | 4 Nov 2016

Beam Suntory has hailed a healthy lift in sales in the year so far, although domestic beer has pulled down the top-line for parent Suntory Holdings.

Andy Morton | 13 Oct 2016

Suntory has launched the Merchant's Heart range of cocktail mixers into the UK off-trade after an initial roll-out in selected London bars.

Andy Morton | 13 Sep 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory unit has rolled out a Lucozade Sport commercial in the UK directed by acclaimed Hollywood cinematographer Wally Pfister.

Lucy Britner | 10 Aug 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory will launch 20cl and 25cl resealable Ribena bottles in a bid to avoid spillage.

Andy Morton | 5 Aug 2016

Suntory Holdings has posted a big jump in profits for its alcoholic beverages despite a slight fall in sales.

Andy Morton | 20 Jul 2016

Suntory and Asahi have settled a dispute over intellectual property rights for non-alcoholic beer, according to a report.

Andy Morton | 15 Jul 2016

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the global soft drinks & bottled water categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and spirits & wine.

Lucy Britner | 14 Jul 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory's UK unit has rolled out the next phase of a marketing campaign for its Ribena brand. 

Andy Morton | 5 Jul 2016

Suntory will pay about JPY7bn (US$68.8m) for GlaxoSmithKline's remaining Lucozade and Ribena assets in Nigeria.

Lucy Britner | 3 Jun 2016

GlaxoSmithKline Nigeria's board of directors has accepted Suntory's offer to buy the remaining Lucozade Ribena business in the country. 

Lucy Britner | 24 May 2016

Beam Suntory has appointed a new CFO as it makes a number of management changes and restructures regional units.

Andy Morton | 10 May 2016

Suntory's UK soft drinks unit, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, has launched Orangina Light into the UK on-trade.

Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2016

A sharp decline in domestic sales for Kirin Brewery dragged down the Japanese beer market in the first quarter of the year as rival brewers posted growth, according to a report.

Olly Wehring | 13 Apr 2016

Pepsi Bottling Ventures has consolidated two of its facilities in North Carolina into a new site in Harrisburg.

Andy Morton | 4 Apr 2016

Suntory has launched a matcha-flavoured liqueur as it targets the growing trend for green-tea flavoured products in Japan.

Lucy Britner | 29 Mar 2016

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has launched Lucozade Zero in the UK as it looks to offer low- and no-calorie alternatives.

Latest blogs

James Wilmore | 14 Jan 2014

Will Suntory's US$16bn move to buy Beam see a change in how the Bourbon producer's brands are advertised?

Company research

Suntory Holdings Limited (formerly Kotobukiya Limited) – Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investment Report

Suntory Holdings Limited (formerly Kotobukiya Limited) – Mer

Marketline's Company Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Partnerships & Alliances and Investments reports offer a comprehensive breakdown of the organic and inorganic growth activity undertaken by an organi...

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Suntory Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

On 1 January 2015, Suntory Liquors Ltd changed its name to Suntory Spirits Ltd, spinning off its beer business following the acquisition of Beam Inc in May 2014. The company is now listed under Beam S...

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Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd in Soft Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd in Soft Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd aims to increase its net sales to JPY2 trillion by 2020. In order to achieve this, the company will focus on its business in core geographical areas, further strengthening...

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