Peanut <i>shōchū</i> connects disaster-hit prefectures

Food & Drink Sep 29, 2020

Peanut shōchū connects disaster-hit prefectures

Peanuts grown in an area hit hard by powerful typhoons last year are being used to make distilled shōchū spirits in another prefecture affected by torrential rains in July this year. The product, connecting typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, with deluge-affected Kumamoto Prefecture in ...

Kirin Beverage recalls 4.3 million bottles of green tea

Business / Corporate Nov 19, 2019

Kirin Beverage recalls 4.3 million bottles of green tea

Kirin Beverage Co. has announced a recall of about 4.3 million bottles of Kirin Nama-cha Decaf green tea because some bottles may have not been sealed properly. The lips of some bottles may have been damaged during the manufacturing process, Kirin said Monday. Subject to the ...

Canned <em>chūhai</em> drinks thrive on salaryman buzz

Business Apr 29, 2018

Canned chūhai drinks thrive on salaryman buzz

by Alex K.T. Martin

"When life gives us lemons, we make -196˚ C Strong Zero Double Lemon!" Perhaps beverage giant Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s commercial variation of the well known proverbial phrase best captures the appeal of its top-selling canned cocktail. Once regarded as a simple, working-class drink, chūhai has made ...

Asia Pacific Aug 13, 2016

North Korea kicks off first beer festival

North Korea on Friday kicked off its first beer festival, in line with leader Kim Jong Un's promise to improve living standards and build a "highly civilized nation" despite being under international sanctions for its pursuit of nuclear arms. The festival featuring Taedonggang beer, one ...