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Heineken joint beer venture with Kirin fizzles out

Dutch brewer ends decadeslong partnership to go solo in Japan consumer sales

Under a joint venture launched in 1989, Kirin handled sales of canned and bottled Heineken for the consumer market.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Heineken will dissolve a joint venture of over three decades with Japan's Kirin Brewery, Nikkei has learned, with the Dutch beer maker deciding to fly solo in Japanese consumer sales starting next year.

Heineken will convert the joint venture, Heineken Kirin, into a wholly owned subsidiary. The name of the unit will be changed to Heineken Japan in April. Heineken controls 51% of the joint venture while Kirin owns the rest.

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