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Kirin Company, Limited (キリン株式会社, Kirin Kabushiki-gaisha) is an integrated beverages company. It is a subsidiary of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited. Its major operating units include Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, Mercian Corporation and Kirin Beverages Company, Limited. Kirin is a member of the Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi
UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) keiretsu.

Contents

1 History 2 Corporate overview 3 Holdings in Japan

3.1 Alcoholic beverage business 3.2 Soft drink
Soft drink
business 3.3 Logistics 3.4 Engineering 3.5 Restaurants 3.6 Real estate 3.7 Other core businesses 3.8 Nutrient food 3.9 Agribio 3.10 Food 3.11 Health

4 Holdings outside Japan

4.1 Alcohol business 4.2 Soft drink
Soft drink
business 4.3 Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
business 4.4 Agribio business 4.5 Other business

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

Kirin Acecook

The Japan
Japan
Brewery Company, Limited, the forerunner of Kirin Brewery, was established in 1885, taking over the assets of the Spring Valley Brewery, first founded in Yokohama
Yokohama
in 1869 by Norwegian-American brewer, William Copeland. In a deal brokered by Thomas Blake Glover, the Japan
Japan
Brewery was incorporated in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
in the name of W.H. Talbot and E.H. Abbott with financial backing provided by a group of Japanese investors including Iwasaki Yanosuke, then-president of Mitsubishi.[1][2] The Japan
Japan
Brewery first began marketing Kirin Beer in 1888. The Kirin Brewery Company was established as a separate legal entity in February 1907, purchasing the assets of the Japan
Japan
Brewery and expanding the business in an era of growing consumer demand. Kirin Brewery built on the traditions of the Japan
Japan
Brewery retaining the use of malted grains and hops imported from Germany and employing German brewers to oversee production. An exclusive partnership with Meidi-ya
Meidi-ya
proved highly successful in the marketing of Kirin's beers both in Japan
Japan
and overseas.[3] Corporate overview[edit]

A bottle of Kirin Ichiban

Kirin Brewery sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager, one of the country's oldest beer brands which started brewing in 1888; and Ichiban Shibori. Within the happoshu (low-malt) category, Kirin Tanrei is the top seller. Kirin handles domestic distribution for several foreign brands, including Budweiser and Heineken. Kirin's brewery operations also extend overseas, through strategic alliances, subsidiaries, and affiliates, to China, Taiwan, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, New Zealand
New Zealand
and the United States. The company holds a 100%[4] stake in Lion Nathan
Lion Nathan
Limited, a consolidated subsidiary that is based in Australia
Australia
but has particularly important operations in China. Kirin has a 48%[5] stake in San Miguel Brewery, the dominant brewer in the Philippines. Kirin now applies its fermentation technology to areas such as plant genetics, pharmaceuticals, and bioengineering. Although brewing and related businesses remain the core of Kirin's activities, the company is also involved in several other sectors: hard liquor, wine, soft drinks, and food products. In Japanese, "kirin" can refer to giraffes, or to Qilin, the mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creatures. Kirin Brewery is named after the latter. On 14 July 2009, Kirin announced that it was in negotiations with Suntory
Suntory
on a merger.[6] On 8 February 2010, it was announced that negotiations between the two had been terminated.[7] In early 2010 Kirin's Agribio business was sold to Dutch H2 Equity Partners; now it's part of Dümmen Orange.[8] In 2010, 23.4 percent of Kirin's sales were made overseas, the highest overseas revenue among all Japanese breweries.[9] In October 2011, the court decided that Kirin could buy a majority stake in family-run Brazilian beer Schincariol. Kirin bought a 50.45 percent stake in 2011, valued at $2.6 billion.[10] In November 2011, Kirin Holdings Company agreed to buy out the shareholders in Brazilian beermaker Schincariol Participacoes e Representacoes, completing its biggest acquisition as it seeks growth in emerging markets ($1.35 billion was paid for the 49.54 percent stake, giving it control of all outstanding shares).[11] In November 2012, Kirin changed Schincariol's name to Brasil Kirin.[12] In 2013 Kirin joined leading alcohol producers as part of a producers' commitments to reducing harmful drinking.[13] In February 2013, Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi bought the 15% stake of Singapore’s Fraser & Neave (F&N), a property-to-drinks conglomerate, from Kirin for USD $1.6 billion.[14] In July 2014, Kirin announced its intention to revive the Spring Valley Brewery brand as a wholly owned subsidiary company to focus on producing and retailing microbrewery style beers produced using traditional ingredients and brewing methods.[15] On January 20, 2017, Heineken
Heineken
NV and Kirin Holdings confirmed they were in negotiations for Heineken
Heineken
to acquire Kirin's beer operations in Brazil.[16] Holdings in Japan[edit] Alcoholic beverage business[edit]

Kirin Distillery Company, Limited (Renamed from Kirin-Seagram Ltd. on July 1, 2002) Ei Sho Gen Company, Limited Kirin Communications Stage Company, Limited

Soft drink
Soft drink
business[edit]

Kirin Beverage Company, Limited Kinki Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Limited

Logistics[edit]

Kirin Logistics Company, Limited

Engineering[edit]

Kirin Techno-System Company, Limited Kirin Engineering Company, Limited

Restaurants[edit]

Kirin Dining Company, Limited Kirin City Company, Limited

Real estate[edit]

Kirin Building Management Company., Limited Kirin Hotel Development Company, Limited

Other core businesses[edit]

Kirin Echo Company, Limited

Nutrient food[edit]

Kirin Well-Foods Company, Limited Takeda-Kirin Foods Corporation Cosmo Foods Company, Limited

Agribio[edit]

Kirin Green & Flower Company, Limited Flower Gate, Inc. Flower Season Company, Limited Verdy Company, Limited Tokita Seed Company, Limited Japan
Japan
Potato Corporation

Food[edit]

Nagano Tomato Company, Limited

Health[edit]

Kyowa Hakko Kirin
Kyowa Hakko Kirin
Company, Limited

Holdings outside Japan[edit] Alcohol business[edit]

Asia Pacific Breweries
Asia Pacific Breweries
(Singapore) (15%)[17] Four Roses
Four Roses
Distillery (U.S.) Kirin Brewery of America LLC (U.S.) Kirin Europe
Europe
GmbH (Germany) Lion Nathan
Lion Nathan
Limited (Australia/New Zealand) Myanmar Brewery Ltd (Myanmar) 55% San Miguel Brewery
San Miguel Brewery
(Philippines) Brasil Kirin (formerly Schincariol, Brazil)[18] Taiwan
Taiwan
Kirin Company, Limited (Taiwan) Zhuhai Kirin President Brewery Company, Limited (China)

Soft drink
Soft drink
business[edit]

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (U.S.)[19]

Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
business[edit]

Kirin-Amgen, Inc. (U.S.) Gemini Science, Inc. (U.S.) Hematech Inc. (U.S.) Jeil-Kirin Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Korea) Kirin Pharmaceuticals Company, Limited (Taiwan) Kirin Pharmaceuticals (Asia) Company, Limited (Hong Kong) Kirin Kunpeng (China) Bio- Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical
Company, Limited (China)

Agribio business[edit]

Twyford International, Inc. (U.S.) Kirin Agribio EC B.V. (Paris Office) (France) Southern Glass House Produce, Limited (England) Fides Holding B.V. (Netherlands) Barberet & Blanc, S.A. (Spain) Qingdao International Seeds Company, Limited (China) Germicopa S.A. (France) Kirin Agribio Shanghai Company, Limited (China)

Other business[edit]

Kirin Australia
Australia
Pty., Limited (Australia) Indústria Agrícola Tozan Ltda. (Brazil)

See also[edit]

Beer in Japan Kirin Cup Hangzhou Qiandaohu Beer Company, Limited (Kirin owns a 25% share in this Chinese brewery)

References[edit]

^ "The History of Kirin". Kirin Holdings Corporate History. Kirin Holdings. Retrieved 5 July 2014.  ^ Alexander, Jeffrey W. (2013). Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry. Vancouver, BC, Canada: UBC Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7748-2504-7.  ^ "The History of Kirin". Kirin Holdings Corporate History. Kirin Holdings. Retrieved 7 July 2014.  ^ News Kirin Holdings. 2009 ^ Kirin Holdings Completes Acquisition of San Miguel Brewery
San Miguel Brewery
Shares Kirin Holdings. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2014. ^ キリン:サントリーと経営統合へ交渉 - 毎日jp(毎日新聞) Archived 2012-07-10 at Archive.is
Archive.is
Mainichi Shimbun (Retrieved 13 July 2009) ^ Termination of Merger Negotiation with Kirin Archived 2010-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. Suntory
Suntory
News Release (Retrieved 8 February 2010) ^ H2 Acquires Agribio from Kirin, February 19, 2010 ^ "Asahi Plans Southeast Asia Takeovers, Seeking Wider Margins". Retrieved 16 December 2011.  ^ "Kirin wins Schincariol takeover court case". BBC. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2014.  ^ "Kirin Buys Out Brazil's Schincariol, Completing Record Deal". Business Week. 7 November 2011.  ^ " Schincariol Is Now Brasil Kirin". 13 November 2012. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013.  ^ "Home Producers' Commitments". Producers' Commitments. Retrieved 2015-12-23.  ^ "Thai tycoons go for it in multi-billion deals". Investvine. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.  ^ Kim, Chang-Ran (July 16, 2014). "Japan's Kirin pushes into craft beer to halt market share slide". Reuters. Retrieved 24 July 2014.  ^ van Tartwijk, Maarten (January 20, 2017), Heineken
Heineken
in Talks to Buy Kirin’s Brazil
Brazil
Assets, New York: The Wall Street Journal, retrieved January 22, 2017  ^ "F&N shares hit record high as tussle continues". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 26 July 2012.  ^ "Kirin Buys Remaining Shares of Brazil's Schincariol". Wall Street Journal. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012.  ^ Denis Paiste (6 April 2007). "Moxie, same taste, new owner". New Hampshire Union Leader. Union Leader Corporation. p. B3. Retrieved 25 November 2007. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kirin Brewery Company.

(in English) Official website (in Japanese) Official website Kirin 100th Anniversary Beers

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