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Will Asia's brewers lead beer's next consolidation

This month, we welcome a new beer commentator to just-drinks. In his first outing, Stephen Beaumont considers whether Asia's brewers are bes...

Comment - Japan's Earthquake Won't Shake Brewers

Japan's major drinks companies have been hit hard by the aftermath of the earthquake, but their core strategies remain unshaken....


Larry Nelson | 30 Nov 2010

M&A activity within the beer sector this year has been limited to just the one big transaction, in Mexico. Larry Nelson believes, however, that 2010 could have served as the calm before the storm, with the next wave of consolidation expected to break soon. Indeed, according to some, that wave could even be a tsunami, the size of which the world's brewers have never seen before.


Chris Mercer | 5 Aug 2010

The latest sales figures to emerge from Japan's largest brewers have underlined that they must either dive into overseas markets or face stagnation and decay at home.


Chris Mercer | 5 Aug 2010

The latest sales figures to emerge from Japan's largest brewers have underlined that they must either dive into overseas markets or face stagnation and decay at home.


Michelle Russell | 28 May 2010

Foster's shares leapt nearly 10% on Wednesday (26 May) on speculation that, minus its troubled wines business, it may now become the subject of a takeover bid.

Latest Interviews

Andy Morton | 24 Nov 2016

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


Andy Morton | 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.

Latest News

Andy Morton | 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.


Olly Wehring | 4 Nov 2016

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


Andy Morton | 3 Nov 2016

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


Olly Wehring | 22 Aug 2016

Sapporo has lined up a US-specific dark lager under its namesake beer brand.


Andy Morton | 13 Apr 2016

A sharp decline in domestic sales for Kirin Brewery dragged down the Japanese beer market in the first quarter of the year as rival brewers posted growth, according to a report.


Andy Morton | 16 Dec 2015

Consumers in Ontario are now allowed to buy beer from grocery stores, as the state government continues to relax alcohol monopoly laws.


Andy Morton | 25 Sep 2015

Canadian province Ontario is to allow 60 grocery stores to sell beer as it continues plans to relax alcohol monopoly laws for the benefit of small brewers.


Olly Wehring | 10 Jul 2015

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Lucy Britner | 26 Jun 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global beer category. We are also running similar round-ups for soft drinks & bottled water and spirits & wine.


Andy Morton | 23 Jun 2015

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


Olly Wehring | 11 Dec 2014

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Olly Wehring | 27 Nov 2014

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


Olly Wehring | 26 Nov 2014

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


Olly Wehring | 26 Nov 2014

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Olly Wehring | 6 Nov 2014

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Andy Morton | 16 May 2014

Sapporo International has launched a North American TV campaign for its namesake beer.


Andy Morton | 7 Mar 2013

Sapporo International is to close one of its Canadian breweries if it fails to find a buyer for the plant before July.


Andy Morton | 7 Mar 2013

Sapporo International is to close one of its Canadian breweries if it fails to find a buyer for the plant before July.


James Wilmore | 15 Jan 2013

Coopers Brewery is launching a AUD20m (US$21m) capital expansion project this year, including doubling the size of its lager cellar.


James Wilmore | 14 Sep 2012

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Andy Morton | 14 Sep 2012

Japanese brewer Sapporo will likely spend a new acquisitions fund on mid-size buys in Asia, with European targets such as Britvic outside its budget, an analyst has said.


Michelle Russell | 10 Sep 2012

Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings is to invest about US$2.5bn over the next five years with an eye on foreign acquisitions, the company confirmed today (10 September).

Latest blogs

Lucy Britner | 11 Jun 2015

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Cognac brand Hennessy is trumpeting a virtual time capsule, making a parallel between it and a barrel of Cognac.

Company research

Sapporo Holdings Limited (2501) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Sapporo Holdings Limited (2501) - Financial and Strategic SW

Sapporo Holdings Limited (SHL) is a diversified holding company. It carries out operations across alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, restaurant and real estate businesses. The products portfolio of the...

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

Sapporo Breweries Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

Sapporo Breweries Ltd celebrates its 140th anniversary in 2016, with its main aim being to further strengthen its business. Its target is to achieve net sales of ¥600 billion and net profit of ¥40 bil...

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Failure Case Study: Sapporo Green Aroma; The challenges of targeting a specific consumer group in a shrinking beer market

Failure Case Study: Sapporo Green Aroma; The challenges of t

Japan's beer market has been seeing an ongoing decline, with a -1.36% CAGR between 2006 and 2015 despite marketers' efforts such as creating a new segment, new genre beer, to offer cheaper prices....

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