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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.


Asahi Group builds on global competitiveness 8 Jul 2011

The news this week that Asahi Group has returned to acquire P&N Beverages, and agreed to buy Charlie's Group, has renewed focus on the Japanese firm's overseas growth plan. Michelle Russell examines the market reaction.

Latest News

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.


Kirin's H1 beer sales falter in Japan 15 Jul 2014

Kirin expects to see “some recovery” in its beer sales in Japan for this year's second half after recording its biggest first-half drop for four years.


Suntory silent on new CEO reports 24 Jun 2014

Suntory Holdings has yet to officially confirm reports it has appointed a new chief executive.


Suntory targets sales boost via more acquisitions 15 May 2014

Suntory Holdings is looking to boost group annual sales to JYN4tn (US$39bn) by 2020 helped by acquisitions through its new Beam unit, according to reports.


Beam Suntory born as Suntory closes Beam Inc buy 30 Apr 2014

Beam Suntory Inc has come into being, with Suntory Holdings' acquisition of Beam completing today.


Suntory details plans for VAT rise 3 Mar 2014

Suntory has set out its plans for how its soft drinks business will handle an increase in Japan’s national sales tax rate next month.


Suntory Holdings sees FY profits, sales jump 17 Feb 2014

Suntory Holdings has seen a significant rise in full-year profits and sales helped by the public listing of its Beverage & Food division.


Suntory Food & Beverage drops international unit 17 Feb 2014

Suntory's Beverage & Food unit is to dissolve its international division as part of an shake-up that follows the creation of a European arm.

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?