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Interview, Sapporo's Tsutomu Kamijo - Part II 24 Nov 2016

It is 40 years since Tsutomu Kamijo walked in the door at Sapporo, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.


Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo 22 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings is one of Japan's biggest alcohol and soft drinks producers and the country's oldest brewer. This month, Andy Morton met with its president, Tsutomu Kamijo, to discuss why he'd like to get his hands on Anheuser-Busch InBev's Pilsner Urquell, the state of play in Vietnam and why even BrewDog's founder gets excited about Sapporo's beer.


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:

Latest News

Sapporo chases standalone Pilsner Urquell deal 7 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings is keen to acquire Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell, its president has told just-drinks, but only if the unit is separated from Anheuser-Busch InBev's other former SABMiller assets.


Jim Beam soars in Japan in 2016 - results 4 Nov 2016

Beam Suntory has hailed a healthy lift in sales in the year so far, although domestic beer has pulled down the top-line for parent Suntory Holdings.


Sapporo sees Int'l sales fall 10% in YTD 4 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings has its domestic alcohol unit to thank for year-to-date figures that struggled with sliding sales overseas.


Sapporo targets overseas boost in new growth plan 3 Nov 2016

Sapporo Holdings aims to more than double its international profits by 2020 as part of ambitious new growth targets.


Spirit-drink launch jump-starts Asahi's YTD 2 Nov 2016

RTD innovation Mogitate Chuhai has helped boost Asahi's nine-month sales.


Coca-Cola bottlers in Japan linked to Kirin deal 26 Oct 2016

Coca-Cola East Japan and Coca-Cola West have moved to calm reports claiming the company is nearing a deal with Kirin Holdings.


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.

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?