Kirin Brewery Company

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Kirin Brewery Company, Limited
Native name 麒麟麦酒株式会社
Romanized name Kirin Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha
Type Kabushiki Kaisha
Traded as TYO: 2503
Industry Beverage
Founded Japan Brewery 1885 (1885)
Headquarters Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people Senji Miyake (President and CEO)
Employees 41,246 (2013)

Kirin Brewery Company, Limited (麒麟麦酒株式会社 Kirin Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese company. It is a member of the Mitsubishi keiretsu.


Bottle of Kirin Ichiban

Kirin sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager, the country's oldest beer brand; and Ichiban Shibori. In 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 and the United States. The company holds a 100%[1] stake in Lion Nathan Limited, a consolidated subsidiary that is based in Australia but has particularly important operations in China. Kirin has a 48%[2] 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, 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 on a merger.[3] On 8 February 2010, it was announced that negotiations between the two were terminated.[4]

In 2010, Kirin made 23.4 percent of sales abroad, the highest abroad revenue among Japanese breweries.[5]

In October 2011, the court decided that Kirin can buy a majority stake in family-run Brazilian beer Schincariol. Kirin would buy 50.45 percent of the stakes in 2011, valued at $2.6 billion.[6]

In November 2011, Kirin Holdings Company agreed to buy out shareholders in Brazilian beermaker Schincariol Participacoes e Representacoes, completing its biggest acquisition as it seeks growth in emerging markets ($1.35 billion for the 49.54 percent stake, giving it control of all outstanding shares).[7]

In November 2012, Kirin Holding Co. changed Schincariol name to Brasil Kirin.[8]

In February 2013, Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi had bought the 15% stake of Singapore’s Fraser & Neave (F&N), a property-to-drinks conglomerate, from Kirin brewery for USD $1.6 billion.[9]


Alcoholic beverage business[edit]

Soft drink business[edit]

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


  • Kirin Logistics Company, Limited


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


  • Kirin Dining Company, Limited
  • Kirin City Company, Limited

Real estate[edit]

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

Others of core business[edit]

  • Kirin Echo Company, Limited

Nutrient food[edit]

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


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


  • Nagano Tomato Company, Limited


Holdings, International[edit]

Alcohol business[edit]

Soft drink business[edit]

Pharmaceutical business[edit]

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

Agribio business[edit]

  • Twyford International, Inc. (USA)
  • 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 Pty., Limited (Australia)
  • Indústria Agrícola Tozan Ltda. (Brazil)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ News Kirin Holdings. 2009
  2. ^ Kirin Holdings Completes Acquisition of San Miguel Brewery Shares Kirin Holdings. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ キリン:サントリーと経営統合へ交渉 - 毎日jp(毎日新聞) Mainichi Shimbun (Retrieved 13 July 2009)
  4. ^ Termination of Merger Negotiation with Kirin Suntory News Release (Retrieved 8 February 2010)
  5. ^ "Asahi Plans Southeast Asia Takeovers, Seeking Wider Margins". Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kirin wins Schincariol takeover court case". BBC. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kirin Buys Out Brazil’s Schincariol, Completing Record Deal". Business Week. 7 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Schincariol Is Now Brasil Kirin". 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Thai tycoons go for it in multi-billion deals". Investvine. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "F&N shares hit record high as tussle continues". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kirin Buys Remaining Shares of Brazil's Schincariol". Wall Street Journal. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Denis Paiste (6 April 2007). "Moxie, same taste, new owner". New Hampshire Union Leader (Union Leader Corporation). p. B3. Retrieved 25 November 2007. 

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