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Signs of life in Japan's beer market - Comment

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...

Heineken’s Brazil play – Analysis

The Brazilian beer market may be able to claim Kirin Holdings as a victim in the coming weeks, but the likelihood of Heineken stepping in to...

When BRIC markets go horribly wrong

The general intention of Japan's drinks companies to break out of their domestic market has been a headline of the last six years, at least....

The season of Japanese goodwill in M&A - Comment

It is an established fact that, desperate for growth outside of their stagnant home market, Japanese companies have frequently had to pay a...

Latest Interviews

Interview, Bulldog Gin founder and CEO 3 Feb 2017

Lucy Britner

Yesterday, Gruppo Campari announced an agreement to buy Bulldog Gin. Here, just-drinks talks to brand founder Anshuman Vohra about the transaction.


Interview - Sapporo president Tsutomu Kamijo 22 Nov 2016

Andy Morton

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.

Latest News

Bacardi takes stake in Ilegal Mezcal 23 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

Bacardi has purchased a minority interest in mezcal producer Ilegal as the brand looks to expand its distribution footprint in the US. 


Kirin makes second Myanmar brewery move 16 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

Kirin Holdings is set to acquire a second brewer in Myanmar through a joint-venture with Myanma Economic Holdings, its partner in the Myanmar Brewery division.


Heineken ends Kirin's Brazil woes with asset buy 13 Feb 17

Olly Wehring

Heineken has successfully completed its recently-confirmed discussions with Kirin Holdings, with the European brewer set to acquire Kirin's Brazilian operations for almost half the price the Japanese firm paid in 2011.


Gruppo Campari could pay US$90m for Bulldog Gin 3 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

Gruppo Campari’s total investment in Bulldog Gin could hit around US$90m, if certain volumes targets are met, sources have said.


Campari lines up Bulldog Gin buy for US$58.4m 3 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

Gruppo Campari has agreed to purchase Bulldog Gin in a deal worth US$58.4m, as it moves to strengthen its premium spirits portfolio.


Dr Pepper Snapple "unlikely" to acquire Vita Coco 1 Feb 17

Lucy Britner

An analyst has said Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) is not a probable suitor for partner brand Vita Coco, following speculation that the coconut water is considering a sale. 

Latest blogs

SABMiller's last word 10 Oct 16

Andy Morton

Today is SABMiller's final day. Some time this evening, Brussel's time, the second-biggest brewer in the world will be subsumed into the biggest, creating a beer behemoth of unprecedented proportions.


Ex-Kraft CFO - Is Boston Beer Co readying a sale? 11 Jan 16

Olly Wehring

This may have slipped under the wire at the end of last year, but could a pre-Christmas HR announcement signal Boston Beer Co's preparedness for a sale?

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