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Andy Morton | 21 Feb 2017

The long-accepted truth for Japan's beer market is that domestic consumption is in long-term decline, forcing the country's brewers to look overseas for growth.

Andy Morton | 19 Dec 2016

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a premium in global M&A.

Stephen Beaumont | 10 May 2016

This month, we welcome a new beer commentator to just-drinks. In his first outing, Stephen Beaumont considers whether Asia's brewers are best placed to feast on the scraps from Anheuser-Busch InBev's table as it devours SABMiller.

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

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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.

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Olly Wehring | 20 Sep 2018

Sapporo Breweries has announced its pending return to China, partnering up with Anheuser-Busch InBev's operations in the country to handle distribution.

Andy Morton | 14 Aug 2017

Profits for The Beer Store, the Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors-owned retail chain in Ontario, fell by half last year amid changes in the Canadian province's monopoly laws.

Andy Morton | 7 Aug 2017

UK wine and spirits company Berry Bros & Rudd has said it will retain its interest in Anchor Distilling Co despite the agreed sale of sister company Anchor Brewing Co.

Andy Morton | 3 Aug 2017

Japanese brewer Sapporo Holdings is to expand its US footprint with the acquisition of San Francisco's Anchor Brewing Co.

Andy Morton | 13 Jul 2017

Japan's domestic beer shipments fell to a record low for the fifth first-half-year in a row, as all three segments of the category declined amid tax changes, according to local reports.

Andy Morton | 21 Jun 2017

Fresh talks between Sapporo and workers at one of its Canadian factories have failed to resolve an ongoing strike.

Andy Morton | 13 Jun 2017

Sapporo’s Canadian beer unit, Sleeman Breweries, has said it is seeking a quick end to a factory dispute after 80 workers went on strike.

Andy Morton | 2 May 2017

Japanese brewer Sapporo has appointed Yoshihito Kuzuhara as the new head of its US unit.

Andy Morton | 20 Feb 2017

Sapporo Holdings' renewed focus on beer is paying off as profits last year surged on the back of fresh domestic growth for its core lager brands.

Andy Morton | 25 Jan 2017

Domestic beer volumes in Japan fell by 3% last year as shipments from all five major brewers declined, according to local reports.

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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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.

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The Japanese alcoholic drinks market experienced stagnation in 2017, as it continued to suffer from the trend towards ienomi (drinking at home) amongst budget-conscious consumers. Beer was also hit by...

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