Asahi Breweries is to buy a stake in a South Korean liquor importer. The Japanese company has announced that it will acquire 15% of Highstar Co. which is based in Seoul.

Highstar has been selling Asahi's Super Dry brand of beer in South Korea.

Asahi intends to increase Super Dry sales in the country by around five times their current level to an annual volume of 500,000 cases. The Japanese brewer also hopes to introduce new products to the South Korean market.