Kirin Beverages launches non-alcoholic beer with fat-reducing functions

JAPAN – Kirin Beverages, Japan’s second-largest brewer has launched the Kirin Karada Free, a non-alcoholic beer with a Food with Functional Claim (FFC) label. The Kirin Karada Free is part of the brewer’s functional beer offerings as the company seeks to tap into consumers who are looking to obtain health benefits from drinking beverages​. The beer has low calories (5g per 100 ml) and scarcely any sugar (under 0.5 grams) , zero fat, 0.4g protein in addition to the zero percent alcohol by volume. According to the brewer, the alcohol free…

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Japanese Brewer Kirin to acquire stake in health food maker Fancl for US$1.22bn

JAPAN – Kirin Holdings, Japan’s second-largest brewer says that it will spend US$1.22 billion (129.3 billion yen) to purchase a 30.3% stake in cosmetics and health food maker Fancl. The investment is part of Kirin’s strategy of reducing its exposure to the shrinking domestic beer market by expanding into health foods and beverages contrasts and shedding underperforming overseas assets. The stake represents 33% of the voting rights and Kirin will convert Fancl into an equity method affiliate after the purchase, reports Asian Review. However, Kirin will not hold veto power on special resolutions during shareholder votes…

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