Kirin and Uni-President are to launch a joint venture in Beijing, local press reports said today. Although few details of the plan are available, it is thought that the two companies will set up the joint venture on an equal-footing basis.

Kirin, the Japanese brewer, and Uni-President, based in Taiwan, intend to use the joint venture to market new products, based on Kirin brand beverages, starting in the spring of this year.

Reports earlier this week also suggested that Kirin is looking at Asian joint venture possibilities with San Miguel.