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just Five Years Ago: Anheuser-Busch InBev sells Oriental Brewery 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.

Analysis - Anheuser-Busch InBev's Oriental Brewery repurchase "looks sensible" 20 Jan 2014

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

Editor's Viewpoint - Anheuser-Busch InBev Chases Efficiencies From Oriental, But Where? 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.

just On Call - Monster to avoid South Korea price war with Red Bull 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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"We are reacting aggressively to the lower alcohol whisky trend in Korea" - Pernod Ricard Asia 11 Jun 2018

The head of Pernod Ricard's Asia unit has said the company has lined up new brands and marketing innovations around lower abv whisky, as it looks to catch up with the trend in the Korean market.

Diageo's W Signature 12 - Product Launch 24 Oct 2017

Diageo's Korean unit has launched a lower-abv whisky-based product as it looks to dominate the lower abv segment in the market.

Diageo launches Bell's whisky in South Korea 31 May 2017

Diageo's South Korean unit has confirmed that its blended Scotch whisky brand Bell's has started rolling out to the country.

Diageo's Smirnoff Ice Melon Tok and Apple Tok - Product Launch 2 May 2017

Diageo has launched two new Smirnoff Ice flavours exclusively to the South Korean market.

Diageo rolls out small Johnnie Walker Black Label bottles in South Korea 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 offers staff redundancies in bid to trim 100 - 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 - Product Launch 3 Nov 2016

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

Pernod Ricard 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.