Kirin Holdings reports sales down 1%, net profit up 151% in H1 2011

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Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company on Friday reported the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck on March 11, continued to place downward pressure on the Japanese economy during the first six months of this year, especially in production. Despite the harsh conditions continuing though, constraints on the supply side have been gradually easing and consumer spending is bottoming out, the company said. (more…)

Kirin buys control of Brazil’s Schincariol for $2.6 bln

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* Kirin pays 198.8 bln yen to get control of Schincariol
* Kirin buys Aleadri-Schinni, with 50.45 pct Schincariol stake
* Brazil No.2 beer maker could boost Kirin’s overseas strategy (Adds details, background)

Philippines’ San Miguel eyes share offer for brewery

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* Says in talks with Kirin on San Miguel Brewery share sale
* Plans to put up breweries in Laos, Cambodia
* To open 4 additional bottling plants in Philippines (Recasts, adds comments after stockholders’ meeting) (more…)

Graincrop buys Kirin malthouse

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GRAINCORP has agreed to buy all shares in malt house operator Kirin Australia from Japan’s Kirin Brewery Company Ltd for $10.55 million. (more…)

Japan: Kirin Brewery spills beer in earthquake

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The picture on the right is of the Kirin Brewery in Sendai, in the Miyagi Prefecture roughly 235 miles north of Tokyo and just off the Oshika Peninsula.
Sendai was devastated by Friday’s earthquake, and four large holding tanks at the brewery were destroyed. (more…)

Kirin Tries Sober Pitch

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After unexpected success at home, one of Japan’s biggest brewers is bringing its zero-alcohol beverage to the U.S. in a test of American drinkers’ indifference to weak beer. (more…)