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just Five Years Ago: A-B InBev sells Oriental 21 Jul 2014

Private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) was revealed in May to have had a bid for Treasury Wine Estates knocked back.

A-B InBev's OB repurchase "looks sensible" 20 Jan 2014

As expected, Anheuser-Busch InBev is using a call option to reclaim South Korea's Oriental Brewery (OB).

A-B InBev Chases Efficiencies From Oriental 20 Jan 2014

Anheuser-Busch InBev's plan to buy back Oriental Brewery serves as the strongest indictment yet of the rude health the global brewer is currently in.

Monster to avoid Red Bull price war - CEO 4 Jun 2013

Monster Beverage Corp's CEO has said Red Bull's “aggressive” price cuts in South Korea won't drag his firm into a turf war, and warned its rival's discounts can't last.

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Diageo rolls out small Johnnie Walker Black Label 13 Apr 2017

Diageo has launched a 20cl bottle of its Johnnie Walker Black Label as it looks to make whisky more accessible to consumers in South Korea. 

Hite Jinro unveils plan to trim 100 jobs - report 13 Mar 2017

South Korea's Hite Jinro is to cut 100 staff as it battles flagging demand, according to a local media report.

Pernod Ricard defends Absolut Korea's Facebook ad 13 Dec 2016

Pernod Ricard has said a Facebook advert for its Absolut vodka brand in South Korea has attracted largely positive reactions, despite reports from several news outlets of a backlash from consumers.

Diageo's W Signature by Windsor - NPD 3 Nov 2016

Diageo's Korean unit has launched a 35% abv whisky-based spirit under its Windsor brand.

Pernod seeks staff improvements in South Korea 1 Jul 2016

Pernod Ricard is aiming to revitalise its struggling South Korean unit with fresh blood as part of an employee shake-up.

Diageo to accept US$1m South Korea fine 24 May 2016

Diageo will not appeal an expected KRW1.2bn (US$1m) fine from South Korean authorities over reported payments to on-trade venues.

Brooklyn Brewery enters Korea with island project 22 Apr 2016

Brooklyn Brewery has opened a craft brewery on a tropical South Korean island as it continues to partner with beer makers around the world.

Pernod Ricard's Imperial Neon Scotch whisky 13 Nov 2015

Pernod Ricard has added Imperial Neon to its Imperial whisky range in Korea. The company described the whisky as "smooth". 

Diageo turns to W Ice in South Korea 7 Jul 2015

Diageo's South Korea unit is pinning its hopes on a new spirits innovation as consumers move away from the blended Scotch whisky category.

Diageo lowers vodka price in South Korea 18 Jun 2015

Diageo's South Korean unit has announced a price increase for Cîroc vodka and for three of its Scotch brands.