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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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US wine imports to Japan set for price cut as tariffs to be phased out - report 17 Sep 2019

Japan is to reduce the tariff rate on wine imported from the US as part of a new trade agreement due to be signed at the end of the month, according to local reports.

Asahi Group redraws beer structure in Europe, international 13 Sep 2019

Asahi Group has confirmed to just-drinks its intention to create two new divisions covering its European and international operations.

The Coca-Cola Co launches Coke Apple in Japan 6 Sep 2019

The Coca-Cola Co's Japan unit, responsible for innovations such as an alcoholic RTD and a fat-busting soda, has launched the company's first apple-flavoured Coke.

Number One Drinks Co Japan's Ki No Jyu Series One Gyokuro Japanese gin - Product Launch - Gin in Japan data 3 Sep 2019

Number One Drinks Co Japan has released the first in a series of "ultra-premium" gin expressions, produced at its distillery in Kyoto.

Kirin puts focus on health with US$1.21bn cosmetics firm stake buy 6 Aug 2019

Japanese brewer Kirin has ploughed JPY129bn (US$1.21bn) into a cosmetics firm to expand into the health food & beverage category.

The Coca-Cola Co to expand alcoholic RTD launch in Japan - report 22 Jul 2019

The Coca-Cola Co is to grant a nation-wide launch in Japan to an alcoholic soft drink, according to a report.

Jim Beam on course for 1m case sales in Japan - just-drinks EXCLUSIVE 11 Jul 2019

Beam Suntory expects to sell more than 1m Jim Beam cases in Japan by 2021 to crown a huge ramp up for the brand since the Japanese company took control of the Bourbon.

The Coca-Cola Co's Coca-Cola Clear Lime - Product Launch 11 Jun 2019

The Coca-Cola Co's Japan unit has followed up last year's launch of zero-calorie Coca-Cola Clear with an additional flavour.

Suntory targets 100% reused PET by 2030 10 Jun 2019

Suntory Group has committed to using recycled PET or plant-based materials for all of its plastic bottles by 2030.

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.