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Lychee, roses and hops: Top China brewer offers no-alcohol suds

CR Beer hopes to tap the global craze for healthier beverages at home

The global market for nonalcoholic beer reached $12.9 billion in 2019, jumping 46% from 2015. But in China, this market shrank 3.5% to $83.8 million. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- China's largest brewer is jumping into the market for nonalcoholic beers, which have taken the world by storm among young, health-conscious guzzlers, with its own concoction that features lychee, roses and hops.

China Resources Beer (Holdings), known as CR Beer, boasts an extensive sales network, and the beverage became available on Alibaba Group Holding's Taobao online shopping platform after debuting in March.

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