Kirin Brewery is looking to build a beer and soft drinks factory in China, according to local reports.

Yomiuri newspaper said yesterday (7 August) that the Japanese company hopes to strengthen its overseas operations through constructing the facility. Kirin, which posted a 17% climb in half-year earnings last month, believes its domestic market can offer only limited growth going forward.

The paper cited company president Kazuyasu Kato as saying: "It's better to produce and sell alcoholic and soft drinks together, and China is a good place to do it." Kato also said that he sees Asian and Oceanic markets offering impressive growth.