Kirin to brew 60% more beer in thirsty Myanmar

TOKYO — Kirin Holdings will expand a brewery in Myanmar into one of the Japanese beer purveyor’s largest in the world as the emerging Southeast Asian market shows promise. The Tokyo-based group will spend several billion yen (1 billion yen equals $9.1 million) to scale up a factory in Yangon operated by Myanmar Brewery, in […]

Japanese pop culture fandom spreads in Myanmar

YANGON — Japanese pop culture is taking root in Myanmar, with big-name acts like AKB48 wowing crowds and manga styles influencing the comic scene. This is no accident. Active public-private cooperation is watering those roots. Japan’s government and companies have seen the success of South Korean dramas in the Southeast Asian country and are eager […]

Kirin adding Ichiban beer to store shelves in Myanmar

TOKYO — Kirin Holdings will sell its signature beer Ichiban to Myanmar consumers starting this month. The Japanese company has offered Ichiban as draft beer in upscale restaurants in the country, but will now target households directly by selling retail versions. Kirin will produce canned and bottled Ichiban with Myanmar Brewery, the country’s market leader, which it […]

Kirin Holdings to buy F&N’s stake in Myanmar Brewery

Japan’s Kirin Holdings is set to buy Fraser and Neave’s (F&N) 55 percent stake in Myanmar’s biggest brewer, Myanmar Brewery Ltd, for $560 million, Reuters reported on 19 August, quoting a source familiar with the deal. An announcement on the deal could come as early as Wednesday, said the source, who declined to be identified […]