Canned cocktails blitz beer

Jul 3, 2014

Canned cocktails blitz beer

Japanese brewers will release a record lineup of canned cocktails this summer as fizzy concoctions come to the fore in efforts to offset a decade of declining beer sales. Brewers such as Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd. have long tried to retain drinkers by making ...

Black ink flows for three breweries

Feb 18, 2014

Black ink flows for three breweries

Three of Japan’s four major brewers reported year-on-year increases in consolidated operating profits in 2013, according to their financial statements released by Monday. Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Asahi Group Holdings Co. marked record sales, operating profits and net profits thanks to brisk sales of ...

Domestic brewers racing to boost high-end beer sales

May 24, 2013

Domestic brewers racing to boost high-end beer sales

The nation’s main breweries are trying to raise sales of premium beer over cheap quasi-beer as consumer sentiment improves with the stock market upturn. Premium beer has been locked in a battle with cheaper “third-segment” beers known for their low to no malt content. ...

Brewers set out to take sake global

Apr 26, 2013

Brewers set out to take sake global

by Noriko Kawamura

Ambitious sake brewers have turned to foreign markets in an attempt to replicate wine’s global success. Exports of sake, which is essentially a rice wine locally referred to as “nihonshu,” have been growing in recent years, and trade fairs and competition events have become ...