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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

Kirin slump hits Japan's beer market - report 13 Apr 2016

A sharp decline in domestic sales for Kirin Brewery dragged down the Japanese beer market in the first quarter of the year as rival brewers posted growth, according to a report.


Suntory's Matchapresso - NPD 4 Apr 2016

Suntory has launched a matcha-flavoured liqueur as it targets the growing trend for green-tea flavoured products in Japan.


Suntory restructures alcohol departments 24 Feb 2016

Suntory has reorganised its Spirits and Liquors units and announced several new appointments.


Asahi sees 2015 results mirror 2014 22 Feb 2016

Asahi Group has reported a double-digit profit rise in 2015, with alcohol and soft drinks both posting sales growth.


Kirin targets profitable 2016 after Brazil woes 16 Feb 2016

Kirin Holdings has made profit-making its top priority this year after a writedown in Brazil sunk FY income.


Bourbon demand drives Suntory's FY boost 15 Feb 2016

Suntory Holdings' spirits unit, Beam Suntory, has posted a strong full-year sales rise as continued demand for Bourbon drove performance.


Asahi Group to buy Grolsch, Peroni from SABMiller 10 Feb 2016

Asahi Group is set to win the race to acquire Grolsch and Peroni Nastro Azzuro from SABMiller, according to local reports.


Beam Suntory's Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition 12 Jan 2016

Beam Suntory has released a 2016 edition of its Sherry cask Yamazaki whisky.


Asahi's The Dream - Product Launch 8 Jan 2016

Asahi has unveiled a new beer for the Japanese market that has 50% less sugar than regular beer.


Suntory to build US$41m whisky warehouse 21 Dec 2015

Suntory is to increase its Japanese whisky storage capacity by a further 12% with a JPY5bn (US$41m) investment in a new warehouse, a report has said.

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?