Kirin ranks top in beer sales in 2020 for 1st time in 11 years

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Kirin Holdings Co. is estimated to have ranked top in sales of beer and beer-like drinks last year, overtaking Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. for the first time in 11 years, sales data released by major Japanese brewers showed Friday. But sales of all four major brewers — Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo Holdings Ltd. and Suntory Holdings Ltd. — dropped for the 16th straight year, due to weak demand in restaurants and bars amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The government reduced the liquor tax on beer in October, but weak demand in the restaurant industry due to the pandemic forced the brewers to log a d…

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