Tiger and ABC Extra Stout Brands Return to Heineken after Two Decades

Two beer brands – Tiger and ABC Extra Stout – have returned to the Dutch beer maker Heineken’s portfolio of brands from the military-owned Myanmar Brewery Limited (MBL). The two brands were produced and distributed in Myanmar by MBL since 1995. After EU economic sanctions were imposed on Myanmar, Heineken left the country and MBL […]

Booze and Cigarette Taxes to Change from April

Cigarettes will be taxed individually and alcohol will be taxed per litre, according to the draft Commercial Tax Law 2016. For cigarettes, a roll of cigarette will be taxed from K3 to K48 depending on the price of the cigarette. For alcohol, a litre of alcohol will be taxed from K66 to K2,231 depending on […]

Heineken’s Foot in the Door

Last Friday’s launch of Heineken Beer in Myanmar marked the official entrance of the Amsterdam-based giant’s flagship brand, but the company’s place in the market will require years of strategy and legwork. With a newly-built factory in Hmawbi township, the conglomerate has already begun selling their brews for weeks, time enough to test the market […]

Simple but Stricter: Gov’t to Issue Fewer Liquor Licenses

The government plans to simplify the liquor licensing system, albeit issue fewer licences, deputy minister for home affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Kyaw Tun told the upper house of the parliament. The general administration department under the Ministry of Home Affairs has the power to issue liquor licences. Last year, they issued 41 different types of […]

Bottles Hit Shelves as Carlsberg Plays Catch Up

Carlsberg Myanmar will introduce two of its brands of beer to store shelves this week, as the business attempts to loosen Myanmar Beer’s grip on the local market, the Danish brewer said. Yoma Beer and Tuborg Beer, produced in Myanmar with domestically grown grains but other materials imported, are already available in draught form. The […]

Myanmar Beer Sales Unscathed as Prices Rise

Local bars in Myanmar are called “beer stations” for a reason: Myanmar citizens in urban areas prefer beer to other types of alcohol, and tend to stick to large domestic brands. In the beginning of June, the price of Myanmar and ABC beers were increased, causing some grumbling across the city’s bars and made Myanmar […]

Local alcoholic beverage production on the rise

Local beverage production in Myanmar often tops 25 million gallons annually, and in this fiscal year, more than 33 million gallons were produced between April and December 2014, according to the National Planning and Economic Development Ministry. Beer production tops all other alcoholic beverages, and alcohol consumption in the country has risen significantly in the […]

Despite Limited Scope, Foreign Alcohol Flux Sends Shivers Through Industry

After a quiet campaign against reselling imported foreign alcohol, the government announced an easing of restrictions from the new fiscal year, which starts in April. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty over the future of the foreign alcohol in Myanmar. Foreign liquor is still unavailable at supermarkets. The country’s leading chain CityMart […]

No Booze Sales After 10pm for Convenience Stores

Township administrators have instructed 24-hour convenience stores in Yangon not to sell alcohol after 10pm, a senior police official said. The ward and township administrators will now join forces with the police to carry out surprise inspections to stamp out alcohol and beer sales after 10pm at stores. If found guilty, the authorities will process […]

Liquor drought before wine plan

The foreign liquor drought has continued for weeks since a late February move by some retailers to pull booze off the shelves, after promises of legalised imports did not materialise. Officials from the Myanmar Retailers Association head office in Yangon said they remain hopeful the government will pursue an explicit policy on alcohol imports that […]