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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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Suntory Holdings keen to build on Macallan stake with Edrington move - just-drinks exclusive 7 Feb 2020

Suntory has added some colour to its recent purchase of a stake in Edrington, toning down any suggestion of upping its holding going forward.

Suntory Beverage & Food’s Suntory Iron Boss energy drink - Product Launch 30 Jan 2020

Suntory Beverage & Food launched a new energy drink for "people in their 30s and 40s" under its Boss coffee brand. Suntory Iron Boss is the latest offering from the company's widely-known Boss brand. The drink contains GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid), B vitamins, arginine and caffeine and is aimed at "working people".

Coca-Cola Japan’s Coca-Cola Strawberry - Product Launch 8 Jan 2020

The Coca-Cola Co's Japanese unit has lined up the release of the "world's first" strawberry-flavoured Coca-Cola.

Japan plans sake licence boost to satisfy export demand - report 28 Nov 2019

Japan is reportedly looking to boost sake production for export as overseas demand for the spirit increases.

Liqs cocktail shots land in Japan 20 Nov 2019

Liqs has expanded the distribution of its namesake cocktail shots into the Japanese market.

Suntory Co’s Strong Zero Karakara Fried Salted Lemon - Product Launch 22 Oct 2019

Suntory Co is to launch a 9%-abv lemon alcoholic beverage designed to be consumed with fried chicken.

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.