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Japan's clear beverage trend

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Ben Cooper | 6 Apr 2018

When it comes to sustainability, water is always near the top of the list for drinks companies. This month, sustainability commentator Ben Cooper considers recent efforts in this area by several sizeable drinks groups.


On 6 April, the UK will bring into effect the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. The so-called sugar tax comprises: GBP0.18 per litre if the drink has 5g of sugar or more per 10cl GBP0.24 per litre if the drink has 8g of sugar or more per 10cl


Ian Buxton | 4 Jul 2017

It's been one of the success stories of the Century so far. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton looks at US whiskey to see if an end to the category's explosive growth will break anytime soon.


Ben Cooper | 19 Apr 2017

A recent report from Greenpeace has condemned the world's largest soft drinks producers for not doing enough to address ocean pollution caused by plastic bottles. The report is particularly critical of the lack of progress on bottle re-use, which suggests to Ben Cooper that this may have to feature more prominently in sustainability strategies if further damaging criticism is to be avoided.

Latest Interviews

James Wilmore | 26 Jun 2014

Spirits firm Beam is now under the control of Japan's Suntory Holdings after a US$16bn takeover earlier this year. So how will this new marriage work in some key global markets? just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, caught up with Beam Suntory's Asia-Pacific & South America president, Nick Fink, to find out.


Olly Wehring | 27 Apr 2012

Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with David Gates, the global category director of whisk(e)y at Diageo, to talk about Johnnie Walker, Formula One, Scotch and the other whisk(e)y sub-categories.

Latest News

Olly Wehring | 7 Aug 2018

Beam Suntory has been credited with having performed well in the six months to the end of June, with parent Suntory Holdings fighting headwinds elsewhere, in both beer and soft drinks.


Andy Morton | 10 May 2018

A backlash against changes to Lucozade Energy's sugar content in the UK has dragged down Suntory Beverage & Food's Q1 European sales.


Andy Morton | 17 Apr 2018

Suntory unit Lucozade Ribena Suntory has launched a GBP10m (US$14.3m) campaign for its Lucozade Energy brand amid reports that sales for the product have suffered from the UK sugar tax.


Andy Morton | 15 Mar 2018

Beam Suntory has filled its 15-millionth Jim Beam barrel since Prohibition ended, with the final million poured in just the past two years.


Andy Morton | 13 Mar 2018

Suntory's UK soft drinks unit, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, has launched a new ad campaign in the country for Lucozade Sport Fitwater, headed up by world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.


Andy Morton | 7 Mar 2018

Maxxium UK, the distribution arm of Edrington and Beam Suntory, has been renamed to better reflect its surviving members.


Andy Morton | 15 Feb 2018

Suntory’s soft drinks unit wants to double sales over the next 12 years as part of a new global strategy that includes fresh acquisitions in the US.


Andy Morton | 29 Nov 2017

Beam Suntory is to realign its distribution in the Netherlands next year, linking up with the family-owned De Kuyper Royal Distillers for some of its core brands.


Lucy Britner | 8 Nov 2017

Bacardi has announced the return of Maurice Doyle to the company, in the role of president of incubator brands & global commercial development.


Andy Morton | 6 Nov 2017

Suntory's Bourbon brands have driven YTD growth as strong global demand for Jim Beam and Maker's Mark continued.


Andy Morton | 2 Nov 2017

Suntory Beverage & Food has agreed to buy a 51% stake in PepsiCo's Thai soft drinks unit as it targets the second-biggest beverage market in South East Asia.


Andy Morton | 2 Nov 2017

Sales growth in all regions helped drive a solid nine-month performance for Suntory's soft drinks unit, Suntory Beverage & Food.


Lucy Britner | 2 Aug 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has released a lemon and lime flavour under its Lucozade Sport brand. The launch is exclusive to the wholesale channel. 


Lucy Britner | 26 Jul 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a functional water under its Lucozade Sport brand, for the UK market. 


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.


Lucy Britner | 3 Jul 2017

Suntory has released its first single grain whisky from the House of Suntory's Chita distillery. Chita Single Grain was aged in wine and Spanish oak casks alongside American white oak casks.


Andy Morton | 19 Jun 2017

Strong sales for non-alcoholic beer in Japan have prompted brewers to up production, according to a local report.


Lucy Britner | 12 Jun 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a GBP2.4m (US$3m) activation for its Orangina brand in the UK market. 


Lucy Britner | 12 Jun 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has lined up a summer campaign for its Ribena brand in the UK, which centres around a new app. 


Andy Morton | 31 May 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has set up a UK distribution joint venture for cactus water True Nopal.


Olly Wehring | 8 May 2017

A slight lift in sales from Beam Suntory in the first three months of the year has failed to stop Suntory Holdings' alcohol sales from coming in flat for the period.


Lucy Britner | 17 Feb 2017

Lucozade Ribena Suntory will launch an Original flavour variant under its Lucozade Zero brand in the UK.

Latest blogs

James Wilmore | 14 Jan 2014

Will Suntory's US$16bn move to buy Beam see a change in how the Bourbon producer's brands are advertised?

Company research

Suntory Holdings Ltd - Strategy, SWOT and Corporate Finance Report

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Suntory Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

Suntory Spirits Ltd in Alcoholic Drinks (Japan)

On 1 January 2015, Suntory Liquors Ltd changed its name to Suntory Spirits Ltd, spinning off its beer business following the acquisition of Beam Inc in May 2014. The company is now listed as Beam Sunt...

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Success Case Study: Suntory Craft Boss - Craft-style ready-to-drink coffee resonates with Japan's Millennials

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Success Case Study: Suntory Craft Boss, is part of GlobalData's Successes and Failures research. It examines the details of and reasons behind the success of Craft Boss bottled ready-to-drink coffee....

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