Asahi Mixes Drinks as Japan’s Beer Market Shrinks

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Japan’s beer makers keep a grip on their home markets while branching out abroad.

In an era when Budweiser is sold by a Belgium-based company and California’s Lagunitas IPA is partly Dutch-owned, Japanese beer has remained in Japan’s hands, away from the global consolidation party. (more…)

Vietnam. Sabeco, Habeco to list before state divestment

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Vietnam has urged its major businesses, including the two biggest beer producers Habeco and Sabeco and leading dairy firm Vinamilk, to dilute state ownership. In the private sector, VinaCapital and Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management have joined hands to enable Korean investors to participate in the Vietnam market. (more…)

Japanese beer firms make headway in South Korea

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Japanese beer is becoming increasingly prominent in South Korea, where its popularity is growing mainly among young people due to its deeper flavors and finer beer head than domestic brews. (more…)

Thailand. Red-hot ThaiBev expected to shine further

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Amid a largely tepid Singapore bourse, Thai Beverage has stood out with its frothy rise this year, attracting investors with its dominance in Thailand’s alcohol market and strong earnings growth. (more…)

India. Bangalore: To be ale and hearty

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Whitefield might have its share of infrastructural woes, but in the meanwhile, the number of microbreweries opening up in the neighbourhood means that someone is at least raising ‘hops’! The beer would be available only in early September, we were told when we visited Biergarten, but we are used to waiting in, and for things, in Whitefield, so we weren’t surprised. (more…)