Tuborg turnaround for Carlsberg

Carlsberg has caved to complaints from the family of a famous Mandalay singer, who say the Danish brewer used the title of one of his hits as the name for Tuborg Beer in Myanmar.   “In light of the claims of the relatives of the late Sayar Myoma Nyein and the general debate about the […]

Live cattle top Myawaddy export list

OF the nearly 40 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) worth of trade that passed through the Mae Sot and Myawaddy border posts last fiscal year, about 90 percent, or 36 billion baht worth, represents exports from Thailand to Myanmar, according to Thai statistics. The Thai fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Thai customs […]

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 […]

Big Beer Fight Looms in Myanmar as Brewers Stumble in Europe

Big beer’s latest quest for growth has Heineken NV on a collision course with Carlsberg A/S. Both brewers are seeking to exploit the potential of Myanmar, the southeast Asian nation where more than 80 percent of the adult population drinks beer produced by a company linked to the country’s former ruling military. After Carlsberg opened […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asahi to Launch New Myanmar Beverage Line in 2016

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings said it will launch beverages under an original brand in Myanmar as early as 2016. President and CEO Naoki Izumiya, who visited Yangon recently, unveiled the plan during an interview with The Nikkei. The beverage giant set up a joint venture with Loi Hein, a major local beverage firm, in August […]