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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

Japan set for first gin distillery 16 Nov 2015

A new spirits company is to open what it claims will be Japan's first gin distillery.

Suntory takes Asahi patent fight to IP court 10 Nov 2015

Suntory Holdings is to appeal to Japan's intellectual property court after a judge refused to halt production and sales of rival Asahi’s non-alcoholic beer.

Suntory Holdings boosts YTD as Beam Suntory shines 10 Nov 2015

Beam Suntory upped sales by 36% in the first nine months of the year to drive growth for owner Suntory Holdings.

NPD - Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select 7 Oct 2015

Beam Suntory's global travel retail division has launched a Master's Select version of its Hibiki Japanese Harmony whisky. 

Kirin puts faith in craft beer - report 29 Sep 2015

Kirin is to develop its own craft beer brands in Japan to help kickstart domestic alcohol sales, according to a report.

Kirin Group boosts Japan beer sales in H1 5 Aug 2015

Kirin Group has upped first-half sales in the competitive Japanese beer market but struggles in Australia hampered overseas performance.

KonaRed takes coffee fruit drink to Japan 16 Jul 2015

KonaRed Corp is to expand its operations to Japan. The manufacturer of Hawaiian coffee fruit beverages has said this is its first foray into export.

Japan beer shipments fall back - report 13 Jul 2015

Beer shipments in Japan fell by 1.1% in the first half of the year, according to a report, which blamed growing demand for whiskey and the sparkling shochu-and-fruit blend chuhai.

Suntory confirms Japan Tobacco beverage buy 7 Jul 2015

Suntory Holdings has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Japan Tobacco's beverage unit, including its vending machine business.

Sapporo chases US$92.7m tax rebate - report 23 Jun 2015

Sapporo has protested a decision to refuse it an JPY11.5bn (US$92.7m) tax rebate, according to a report.

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?