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The Highball - Japan's biggest contribution to the Scotch whisky category - Industry Comment 13 Jul 2017

There can be little debate about the role the Highball serve has had in Scotch whisky's performance in Japan. The serve - comprising whisky, water and ice - is Japan's most famous drink, as well as the country's biggest contribution to modern drinking society.

Will fat-blocking products save the day for carbonated soft drinks? - NPD insight 27 Feb 2017

The future of carbonated soft drink innovation may be closer than we think. The Japanese debut next month of Coca-Cola Plus – a fibre-enriched, fat-blocking, calorie-free soft drink – could be a sign of a shifting mindset among CSD companies away from removing the 'bad stuff' to adding more of the 'good stuff'.

Is Japan's beer market coming back to life? - Comment 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.

"US brewers think about pricing, never about the beer" - Interview, Sapporo Holdings president Tsutomu Kamijo - Part II 24 Nov 2016

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

"We are in the beer business, we're not in the banker business" - Interview, Sapporo Holdings president Tsutomu Kamijo - Part I 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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William Grant & Sons eyes sporting chances in Japan Travel Retail 29 Apr 2019

William Grant & Sons is looking to up its Global Travel Retail focus in Japan, thanks to two upcoming major sporting events in the country, including the Olympics.

Suntory Beer uses foam printer tie-up to boost beer sales in Japan 8 Apr 2019

Suntory Beer has lined up a partnership with a company that prints images and messages onto beer foam as it looks to drive consumer engagement in the Japanese market.

Pepsi Japan Cola uses local tastes to boost profile - GlobalData 8 Apr 2019

PepsiCo's Japan-specific product launch will aid a turnaround in the market, according to GlobalData.

The Coca-Cola Co's BIG president moves to Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan 14 Feb 2019

The president of Coca-Cola Co's in-house bottling unit will move to head up Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan (CCBJ).

Coca-Cola Co beefs up alcoholic drinks line-up in Japan - market data 5 Feb 2019

The Coca-Cola Co's Japanese unit has added a stronger variant to its range of alcoholic fruit drinks in the country.

Nomura, Carlyle team up to acquire Orion Breweries in Japan 23 Jan 2019

Nomura Holdings has partnered with private equity group Carlyle to launch a takeover of Orion Breweries in Japan.

Coca-Cola rolls out cherry blossom bottles ahead of spring in Japan 23 Jan 2019

The Coca-Cola Co's Japanese division has released a limited edition cherry blossom bottle for brand Coca-Cola, as it looks to mark the pending arrival of spring in the country.

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.

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan hikes prices amid rising costs 8 Jan 2019

Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan has announce price increases across larger PET formats as it looks to offset rising logistics and raw material costs.

Chilean winery Vina Leyda enters Japan in Asahi import deal 7 Nov 2018

Chile's VSPT Wine Group has partnered with Asahi to launch a raft of wines in Japan from its Viña Leyda division.