Probe into Japan beer firm’s links to Myanmar rights abuses ‘inconclusive’

Japanese beer giant Kirin said Thursday an investigation into whether money from its joint ventures with the Myanmar military had funded rights abuses was “inconclusive”. Myanmar stands accused of genocide at the UN’s top court after a brutal 2017 crackdown by the military forced 750,000 northern Rakhine Muslims to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh. […]

Mandalay Brewery’s JV with Kirin approved as market heats up

THE Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved a proposal by Mandalay Brewery, which is a subsidiary of Myanma Economic Holding Limited (MEHL), to operate a joint venture (JV) with Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings. Under the JV, US$9 million will be invested to upgrade the quality of machinery and beer at Mandalay Brewery, said U Hla […]

Kirin Plans to Buy Mandalay Beer

​​ Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings is planning to buy Mandalay Beer for an estimated several hundred million yen in its latest effort to boost its presence in the Asia-Oceania region and as a part of enhancing their market position in Myanmar. The ‘Mandalay Beer’ brand is the oldest brand in Myanmar and most iconic in […]

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 […]

Myanmar ready to sweeten terms for foreign brewers

The Myanmar government is prepared to relax limits on foreign ownership of breweries on a case-by-case basis, as it seeks to improve the appeal of the country to foreign investors, says a senior beer industry executive. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) offered four licences in January for international breweries to operate domestically. Under the Foreign […]