• Kyodo


Major beverage makers said Monday they will increase the prices of beverages sold in vending machines when the consumption tax is raised next month.

The rate will be raised to 8 percent from the current 5 percent.

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., the soft drink unit of the Suntory group, said it will increase prices for many of its drinks sold in vending machines by ¥10 from April 1.

Asahi Soft Drinks Co. and Dydo Drinco Inc., a major seller of vending machine canned coffee, also announced plans to raise beverage prices.

The Coca-Cola (Japan) Co. group said last week it will raise the prices of its canned drinks, including cola and coffee, sold in vending machines by ¥10 to ¥130 due to the tax hike.

Suntory Beverage & Food said it will increase the price of its Iyemon green tea brand that comes in 500-ml PET bottles from ¥150 to ¥160, while its Boss coffee in 185-gram cans will be priced at ¥130, up from ¥120.

Suntory’s mineral water will remain unchanged at ¥110.

Asahi Soft Drinks, a unit of the Asahi group, will raise the prices of most of its beverages other than bottled mineral water by ¥10 starting in April.

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