Kirin Brewery is looking for a new business partner in China. The move follows the brewer's planned disposal of a poorly performing brewery in Shanghai.

In an interview with Jiji Press today (29 September), Kirin's president, Koichiro Aramaki, said that the company hopes to seek a new partner in the country as soon as possible, as it will lose its production base in the Shanghai area in the wake of the sale.

Kirin decided to sell the Shanghai base, run by Australian affiliate Lion Nathan, as there were no prospects for securing profitability amid weak sales of premium-brand beer products compared with the popularity of cheap local brands, Aramaki told the paper.

Despite the tough conditions in China, Aramaki said he believes that the company will be able to produce profits by beefing up operational efficiency.