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Japan and the global soft drinks race 8 Oct 2015

This month, Ray Rowlands follows the progress of the latest Japanese company to look beyond its domestic market: DyDo Drinco has high hopes for its entry into Turkey.

Focus - Suntory's Q1 Performance by Category 11 May 2015

Last week, Japan's Suntory Holdings reported a healthy rise in first-quarter sales and operating profits. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's beverage results:

Focus - Suntory Holdings' FY Performance 19 Feb 2015

Earlier this week, Japan's Suntory Holdings reported a healthy rise in full-year sales and operating profits. Here, just-drinks takes a closer look at the group's beverage results:

Focus - Suntory FY Performance by Category 18 Feb 2014

Suntory Holdings reported an impressive rise in full-year group profits and sales yesterday (17 February). Here just-drinks take a closer look at the performance of its two drinks-related units:

CSD producers can benefit from Japan VAT hike 12 Dec 2013

A VAT increase in Japan next year could be an opportunity rather than a threat to soft drinks producers, according to an analyst.

Latest News

Coca-Cola East Japan, Coca-Cola West combine 30 Sep 2016

The two largest Coca-Cola bottlers in Japan have confirmed their plans to merge, creating what will be the third-biggest bottling entity in the global Coca-Cola system.

Coca-Cola bottler merger talks continue in Japan 27 Sep 2016

Coca-Cola East Japan and Coca-Cola West have moved to calm reports claiming that their merger has completed successfully.

Brooklyn Brewery in "conversation" with Kirin 15 Sep 2016

Brooklyn Brewery has confirmed reports it is in talks with Kirin over a distribution and production deal in Japan but denied a deal has been signed.

Number One Drinks Co Japan's Ki No Bi gin - NPD 17 Aug 2016

Number One Drinks Co Japan will launch the first product from its newly-licensed Kyoto Distillery this October.

Suntory, Asahi settle court fight - report 20 Jul 2016

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

Asahi Breweries' Clear Asahi Kansai Shitate - NPD 7 Jul 2016

Asahi has added a new variant to its Clear Asahi range, designed to pair with food from a specific region. 

Japan looks overseas to feed whisk(e)y demand 6 Jul 2016

A shortage of Japanese whisky is forcing drinks producers in Japan to turn to imported spirits, according to a report.

Coca-Cola Japan's Glaceau Sleep Water - NPD 26 May 2016

Coca-Cola Japan has launched a peach-flavoured water under the Glaceau brand, which it claims may help consumers sleep better.

Growing thirst for wine in Japan - study 24 May 2016

Japanese consumers are becoming more adventurous in their wine choices, according to a new report. 

Kirin Holdings struggles in Q1, upbeat on FY 10 May 2016

A focus on improving profitability has failed to benefit the bottom line for Kirin Holdings in the first quarter of 2016.

Latest blogs

One small step for a can - Pokari Sweat heads to the moon 16 May 2014

Japanese beverage firm Otsuka Pharmaceutical is claiming a world-first with plans to send a can of Pokari Sweat to the moon.

Sammy Davis Jnr, Bill Murray offer Suntory ad heritage 14 Jan 2014

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