Suntory Ltd is to suspend sales of its Bubbleman Soda Jet soft drink. The company made the announcement yesterday (26 July) following larger-than expected demand for the beverage, which has proved popular with Japanese teenagers, since its launch earlier this month.

Shipments of the 500-mililitre PET bottles this month are set to double the originally-planned level to 350,000 24-bottle cases, the company said.

The move follows the suspension of Suntory's Premium Malt Beer following strong demand this month.

Sales of both beverages are expected to restart early next month, once Suntory has increased its production of them.