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Kirin Weighs $1 Billion Stake Sale in China Resources Joint Venture

  • Kirin owns 40% stake in the joint venture C’estbon Beverage
  • Japanese beer maker bought the stake for $400 million in 2011
Cans of Kirin Ichiban beer.

Cans of Kirin Ichiban beer.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Kirin Holdings Co., Japan’s second-largest beverage company by market value, is considering selling its 40% stake in a joint venture with state-owned China Resources Holdings Co., people with knowledge of the matter said. 

The Tokyo-based company is in discussions with the Chinese conglomerate and reviewing potential buyers for its stake in China Resources C’estbon Beverage (China) Co., which could fetch about $1 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private.