lion on foray (Photo: Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash)

Australia | Japan’s brewer Kirin has tasked its Australian subsidiary Lion with buying craft brewers in the UK and United States. Observers wonder: Is this a coherent and considered strategy, which will prove profitable, or just a case of posting flags on a map?

Fuji in Japan (Photo: Manuel Cosention on Unsplash)

Japan | A beer which actually reduces your beer belly could be the Next Big Thing. In October 2019, Kirin launched Kirin Karada Free, a functional “beer-taste beverage” in corporate speak, which doesn’t have any alcohol.

Uluru in Australia (Photo: Ondrej Machart on Unsplash)

Australia | Nearly 30 years after leaving the brewery he founded, Phil Sexton is re-opening Matilda Bay as a boutique brewery in Healesville, near Melbourne, in partnership with Carlton & United Breweries (CUB), now owned by Asahi.

Budweiser can (Photo: Isco on Unsplash)

Belgium | Second time lucky? AB-InBev has priced the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 1,262,350,000 shares of a minority stake of its Asia Pacific subsidiary, Budweiser Brewing Company APAC, at HKD 27 (USD 3.44) per share, media reported on 24 September 2019.

South Korean temple (Picture: BRAUWELT)

South Korea | Imports of Japanese beers have slumped to almost zero in August, after consumers have taken to shun Japanese products – a boycott which was sparked by a bitter dispute between Seoul and Tokyo.

Wine (Picture: Kelsey Knight on Unsplash)

Australia | Is CUB back into wine? The country’s major brewer has acquired Adelaide-based Riot Wine, and says it has ambitions for the company’s sales. Established in 2016, Riot currently produces about 500 hl wine per year, but CUB wants to lift that to more than 25,000 hl within five years.

Heineken sign (Picture: Smit Patel on Unsplash)

Singapore | Consumers in Southeast Asia will soon be able to grab their Heineken drinks via the Grab app. On 17 September 2019 the Dutch brewer signed a partnership with Singapore-based “super app” Grab to bring its products on the latter’s platform.

Asahi bottle (Photo: Bob Jansen on Unsplash)

Australia | Japan’s Asahi is going the whole hog and has swooped on the award-winning Queensland craft brewer Green Beacon, only four weeks after it acquired market leader Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) from AB-InBev.

Chinese Dragon (Photo: Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

China | CR Beer has made an aggressive overture to AB-InBev by officially declaring that it is “weighing the possibility” of acquiring a minority stake in AB-InBev’s Asia unit. CR Beer’s CEO Jason Hou said on 16 August 2019 that a final decision has yet to be taken.

World map with Asia and Australia highlighted

Vietnam | In an effort to curb rising medical costs and drunken driving, Vietnam will ban alcohol advertising on radio and TV from 6 pm to 9 pm, as well as before and after children’s programmes. The new law takes effect in January 2020.

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