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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.


In the Spotlight - Suntory's US$4.7bn Share Offer 30 May 2013

It is shaping up to be one of the drinks industry's biggest events of the year. This week, Suntory got approval to list its food and soft drinks unit on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, paving the way for the group to raise as much as US$4.7bn.


Monster sees success, but faces stiff competition 30 Jan 2013

Monster's entry into the Japanese market has seen initial success, but competition in the country's energy drinks sector remains “fierce”, according to an analyst.

Latest News

Japan's wine demand "comes of age" - study 15 Apr 2015

The Japanese wine market has “come of age” as the country opens up to New World producers, a new report has said.


Asahi Breweries toasts Nikka whisky in Europe 24 Feb 2015

Asahi Breweries saw its Nikka Japanese whisky brand break the 1m-unit barrier in Europe last year for the first time.


Suntory whiskey seeks to "eclipse" Diageo, Pernod 23 Feb 2015

The CEO of Suntory Holdings expects the company to overtake Diageo and Pernod Ricard as the world's biggest whiskey company, according to reports over the weekend.


Suntory Holdings FY sales boosted by Beam 19 Feb 2015

Suntory Holdings has seen a healthy rise in full-year sales and operating profits helped by the integration of Beam Inc's brands into the business.


Kirin Group targets beer after group FY sales drop 16 Feb 2015

Kirin Group has said it will focus on boosting beer sales in Japan this year after group full-year revenues dipped.


Asahi Group FY sales, profits boosted 12 Feb 2015

Asahi Group has reported a healthy rise in full-year profits, driven by growth in international sales.


Japan Tobacco puts beverages up for sale 5 Feb 2015

Japan Tobacco is to sell its beverage unit because of increasing competition.


Suntory Holdings to split beer, spirits division 25 Sep 2014

Suntory Holdings is to hive off its beer business, placing the leftover spirits unit under the control of Beam Suntory Inc.


Kirin H1 sales slip as Japan sales tax hike bites 11 Aug 2014

Kirin Holdings has reported a slip in first-half sales as its domestic drinks business suffered from effects of a rise in sales tax.


Asahi Group sees rise in H1 profits, sales 8 Aug 2014

Asahi Group has reported a healthy rise in first-half profits as its beer, spirits and soft drinks businesses all saw a lift in sales.

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?