Aeon brings Japanese sensibilities to Myanmar food shopping

YANGON — Japanese supermarket giant Aeon has become the first foreign retailer to enter Myanmar since the 2011 transition to civilian rule, a development that could herald change in a retail industry still dominated by traditional markets. Aeon signage, a familiar sight to Japanese consumers, made its Myanmar debut Friday in a largely middle-class area along a major […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

Myanmar Cosmetics Association expresses doubts over industry future

Although the Myanmar government has made steps towards growing domestic beauty businesses, the country’s cosmetics body says measures need to be stepped up to protect domestic players. The Myanmar Cosmetics Association (MCA) has recently made an official request to the Myanmar Investment Commission to put the industry on its radar and start both protecting and […]

Heineken competes for Myanmar beer market

YANGON — Dutch beer maker Heineken has entered Myanmar’s beer fight as it opened a US$60 million brewery (2.03 billion baht) near the commercial capital Yangon on Sunday. The new plant will start by brewing Heineken for the premium segment for the market and a new local brand, Regal Seven, developed especially for the Myanmar […]