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Maker of Special Reserve Whisky to launch new products

Sanjay Gupta, CEO of Myanmar Distillery Co Ltd (MDC), which bottles Grand Royal whisky, one of Myanmar’s most iconic brands, is seeing a shift in alcohol consumption trends in the country. “Health is becoming more important to people. People prefer staying in control and drinking in moderation. Inclusive family values are rising in importance and […]

Yangon continues crackdown on street gangs, alcohol abusers in public places

Police will continue arresting gangs of alcohol abusers in public places including the bank of Inya Lake, pavements and overpasses in Yangon city, according to Yangon Region Police Force. YRPF is trying to ensure security, rule of law and community peace and tranquility and reduce crime in the city. As part of the effort, combine […]

Retailers hit with liquor import ban

Liquor retailers are no longer allowed to sell imported brands, as it is a violation of Ministry of Commerce regulations. The ministry hasn’t allowed the import of alcohol, beer and cigarettes, except by duty-free shops and a few high-end hotels, since the days of the military government. However, the General Administration Department under the Ministry […]

Taxes on tobacco and alcohols increased in Union Taxation Bill

According to the Union Taxation Bill for 2018-2019 FY submitted by the Ministry of Planning and Finance on behalf of the Union government, taxes levied on cigarette, cheroots and alcohols are raised. Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance Maung Maung Win submitted the Union Taxation Bill for 2018-2019 FY at the session of Union parliament […]

Dawei port grows busier

The number of cargo ships arriving at and leaving Dawei port in Taninthayi Region has significantly increased this year compared to the same period last year. From January to April last year, 107 ships entered and exited the port trading 56,693 tonnes of goods. However, in the same period of this year, there were 111 […]

Hard Rock Cafe opens in Yangon

The 853 square-meter, state-of-the-art cafe will highlight Hard Rock’s new design style and latest technology. “Hard Rock Cafe has been looking forward to opening its first cafe in Myanmar and we could not have asked for a better destination to showcase the Hard Rock Cafe Yangon experience,” said Steve Yang, Area vice president Asia Pacific […]

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 […]