Blog: Olly WehringBiggin' Japan

Olly Wehring | 23 January 2009

While the majority of us in the drinks industry appear to be battening down our hatches for the economic storm edging ever closer, the Japanese seem to be the only one at the acquisition table right now.

First, in October last year, we saw Suntory snap up Danone's Australasian drinks division, Frucor. Then, over Christmas, Asahi Breweries said it has lined up the acquisition of Cadbury's soft drinks business in Australia.

Then, earlier this month, Kirin Holdings readied the purchase of a 43% stake in San Miguel Brewery in the Philippines. And finally, today (23 January), Ashai looks set to further add to its armoury with the acquisition of a 20% stake in Tsingtao Brewery in China from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

That's pretty good going for a country where, for example, the automotive industry is taking a very cold bath - much colder than it is used to. Bear in mind, also, that Japan, like the UK, the US and Germany, is officially in recession.


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