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How did Beam Suntory and Suntory Holdings perform in 2018? - results data

15 Feb 2019

Suntory Holdings has reported a mid-single-digit lift in full-year sales from its alcohol operations in 2018, with Beam Suntory posting growth for most of its major brands.

Where are all the female CEOs? Ask again in 2029 - Comment

29 Jan 2019

Last year saw a raft of CEOs from global drinks firms announce their intentions to either move on or retire. As the stories unfolded, it became clear that those of us hoping for more female leaders in the industry would potentially have to wait another ten years.

Suntory halts Japanese whisky SKUs as supply constraints bite

22 Jan 2019

Suntory has discontinued sales of six of its Japanese whisky SKUs amid ongoing supply issues.

The spirits category in 2018 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part III - FREE TO ACCESS

19 Dec 2018

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. Here, deputy editor Lucy Britner picks out the highs and lows for the spirits category.

Which international whiskies segments will challenge Scotch's dominance? - Research in Focus

5 Nov 2018

The future looks overwhelmingly bright for the huge international whisky category, but stock constraints continue to hamper growth, especially for Japanese and Irish whisky brands. The new Global International Whisky Insights 2018 report from just-drinks and The IWSR highlights this continuation of a purple patch of growth for non-Scotch whisky, which has moved from volumes of 270m cases in 2013 to almost 315m cases in 2017.

Frucor Suntory’s True Water - Product Launch

29 Oct 2018

Suntory’s Australian soft drinks unit, Frucor Suntory, has launched a flavoured water in the country.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory names new COO for UK & Ireland

20 Sep 2018

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has appointed a new chief operating officer for UK & Ireland after the previous holder of the post moved to Suntory's European office.

Suntory ready to raise European Bourbon prices next year - president

19 Sep 2018

Suntory president Takeshi Niinami has warned his company will raise prices on its European Bourbon brands next year if EU tariff increases are not resolved.

How did Beam Suntory and Suntory Holdings perform in their H1? - results data

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.

Japan’s "summer of clear" tests the conventional wisdom on beverage colours - NPD trends

25 Jul 2018

A burst of clear-coloured beverage innovation in Japan this summer is challenging the traditional role of colour in beverage innovation, potentially providing new insights into the role colour plays in beverage choice. The conventional wisdom is that colour strongly affects the perceived taste and flavour of a beverage. Removing colour can be both disruptive and attention grabbing, but can violating colour-flavour norms really be a path to success in beverage innovation?

How will the coming years treat the gin segment? - Research in Focus

12 Jul 2018

As the global gin bandwagon rolls on, growth is set to continue in the vast majority of markets around the world – although the US is yet to fulfil its potential.

Lucozade Energy slide sinks Suntory Beverage & Food Q1 2018 in Europe - results

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.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory unveils Lucozade Energy push amid sugar tax concern

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.

Water – Why drinks companies must think global but act local - Sustainability Spotlight

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.

How prepared are soft drinks companies for UK sugar tax? - Focus

28 Mar 2018

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

Barrel fillings accelerate for Beam Suntory as Jim Beam passes 15-million milestone

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.

Maxxium UK rebranded as Edrington-Beam Suntory UK Distribution

7 Mar 2018

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

Suntory Beverage & Food targets 2030 sales leap with US M&A plan - FY 2017 results

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.

Beam Suntory hands core distribution to De Kuyper Royal Distillers in Netherlands

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.

Suntory Beverage & Food drives up YTD 2017 sales - results

2 Nov 2017

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

Suntory Beverage & Food invests US$289m in Thailand JV with PepsiCo

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.

Japan beer woes deepen as H1 shipments decline again - report

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.

How much longer can US whiskey maintain its stellar growth? - Comment

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.

Non-alcoholic beer gets production boost as Japanese lifestyles change - report

19 Jun 2017

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

Lucozade Ribena Suntory launches US$3m Orangina campaign

12 Jun 2017

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

Lucozade Ribena Suntory launches US$5m Ribena campaign in the UK

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. 

Beam Suntory shines in Q1 2017, but beer still drags on Suntory Holdings - results

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.

Why is the soft drinks sector losing the recycling game? - Sustainability Spotlight

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.

Beam Suntory boosts top-line in 2016, but Suntory alcohol sales dip - results

14 Feb 2017

Suntory Group has made the integration of Beam Suntory a "top priority", as the unit, which the Japanese group acquired three years ago, delivered a mid-single-digit lift in sales for the 12 months of 2016.

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Predictions for the Year Ahead - Comment

1 Feb 2017

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months.

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