Kirin revives beer plant in Sendai

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Kirin Brewery Co. resumed beer production Monday in Sendai after repairing a plant there that was damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami. (more…)

Kirin to issue 70 bln yen in bonds – Nikkei

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Japanese beverage maker Kirin Holdings Co plans to issue straight bonds worth 70 billion yen ($912.4 million) as long-term yields decline in a low interest rate environment, the Nikkei business daily reported today. (more…)

Japan. Retailers move into brewing

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Major retailers are stepping up efforts to compete with leading beer manufacturers by developing and marketing low-priced house-brand beer. (more…)

Japan. First-half beer shipments fall to record low since 1992

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In Japan shipments of beer and quasi-beer decreased by 3.5% year-on-year to 200,323,000 cases in the first half of 2011, data released on Tuesday by the country’s five major brewers showed. This is the lowest since comparable statistics became available in 1992. The previous low was recorded in 2010. (more…)

The Portland of the Far East: craft beer is booming in Japan.

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Walking through Tokyo’s garish Roppongi district on my first visit to Japan, I found it remarkably easy to ignore the pulsing high-tech signs promoting electronics, movies, and cars. What caught my eye was probably the most modest ad: a tiny bilingual sandwich board that said “Craft Beer Bar.” When I think of Japanese alcohol, sake and mass-produced lagers come to mind. Apart from the excellent Hitachino Nest, I wasn’t aware of any Japanese craft brewers of note. Skeptical, I squeezed down a narrow staircase into a tiny, subterranean bar, expecting nothing more than insight into which foreign craft beers suit the Japanese palate, and possibly a taste of a Hitachino Nest creation that hadn’t yet crossed the Pacific. (more…)

Asahi Breweries Delays West Japan Plant Closure Amid Supply Concerns

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Asahi Breweries Ltd. (2502.TO) said Monday it will postpone the planned shutdown of its brewery in Nishinomiya, western Japan, by one year to provide stable beer supplies amid concerns about power shortages in the east of the country after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (more…)

Japan’s beer shipments fall to record low in May

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Total shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan dived 8.6 percent in May from a year earlier to 32.58 million cases, a record low for the reporting month, data by five major brewers showed Friday. (more…)