Asahi held top spot in domestic beer shipments

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Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (2502.TO) maintained its No. 1 position in the Japanese beer market in terms of the number of cases shipped in 2012 for the third consecutive year, according to data released Wednesday by brewers. (more…)

Asahi closing in on 1 billion pounds StarBev deal – sources

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Japanese brewer Asahi is finalising the purchase of eastern European brewer StarBev from private equity owner CVC Capital Partners CVC.UL in a deal likely to be worth around $3 billion (1 billion pounds), people familiar with the matter said. (more…)

CVC Said to Hire Adviser After Japanese Approaches for StarBev

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CVC Capital Partners Ltd., the British private equity firm that owns Formula One, is weighing whether to pursue a sale of Staropramen brewer StarBev after receiving approaches for the company, three people with knowledge of the plans said. (more…)

Asahi Holds Onto Lead Over Kirin in Japan

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Asahi Breweries Ltd. maintained its position as Japan’s biggest beermaker last year, widening its market-share advantage over Kirin Holdings Co. as demand in the nation fell for a seventh straight year. (more…)

Asahi Plans Takeovers in Southeast Asia

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Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (2502) and Kirin Holdings Co. (2503), Japan’s biggest brewers, plan acquisitions across Southeast Asia to access wider margins in a market of more than half a billion people as demand at home weakens. (more…)

Asahi Beer New Design

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Asahi Beer have re-released one of their classic beer bottle designs on cans of their Asahi lager for the Christmas and New Year period. (more…)