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The Highball - Japan's contribution to Scotch 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 CSDs? 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'.


Signs of life in Japan's beer market - 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.


Interview, Sapporo's 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.


Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo 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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Japan beer woes deepen as H1 shipments decline 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.


Asahi to offload Tingyi-Asahi Beverages stake 30 Jun 2017

Asahi has agreed to sell its stake in the Tingyi-Asahi Beverages soft drinks unit in China to Tingyi.


Japanese brewers boost non-alcoholic output 19 Jun 2017

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


Beam Suntory eyes gin boom with new brand Roku  10 May 2017

Beam Suntory has confirmed it will develop a new gin brand in Japan as it looks to plug the gap for a premium offering in its portfolio.  


Beam Suntory shines, Suntory beer drags - 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.


Coca-Cola East Japan and West form one firm 24 Mar 2017

The two largest Coca-Cola bottlers in Japan will merge to form one company from 1 April. 


William Grant returns to Japanese duty free 15 Mar 2017

William Grant & Sons has re-entered the Japanese duty free market after signing a distribution deal with Japan Airlines.


Beer growth gives fresh FY boost to Sapporo 20 Feb 2017

Sapporo Holdings' renewed focus on beer is paying off as profits last year surged on the back of fresh domestic growth for its core lager brands.


Asahi Group lifts 2016 sales, profits 20 Feb 2017

Asahi Group's alcohol and soft drinks units drove up sales and profits last year to deliver a strong performance for the Japanese conglomerate.


Beam Suntory boosts top-line in 2016 - 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.

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One small step for a can - Pokari Sweat heads to the moon 16 May 2014

Japanese beverage firm Otsuka Pharmaceutical is claiming a world-first with plans to send a can of Pokari Sweat to the moon.


Sammy Davis Jnr, Bill Murray offer Suntory ad heritage 14 Jan 2014

Will Suntory's US$16bn move to buy Beam see a change in how the Bourbon producer's brands are advertised?