Suntory to Halt Sales of Shirokaku Whiskey

Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 22 (Jiji Press)--Suntory Spirits Ltd. will suspend shipments of six of its Japan-made whiskey products, including Shirokaku, at the end of March due to a shortage of unblended whiskey, group officials have said.

Suntory Spirits, under the wing of Suntory Holdings Ltd., plans to suspend sales of the six products, including the 700-milliliter Shirokaku bottle with a suggested retail price of 1,718 yen and the 350-milliliter high-end Chita bottle with a suggested price of 2,052 yen.

The suspension will allow Suntory Spirits to use the unblended whiskey that had been intended for the six products for its mainstay products such as Kakubin amid a shortage of unblended whiskey due to the popularity of whiskey and soda.

"We'll prevent the stable supply of our leading products from being affected," a Suntory Holdings official said.

Last year, Suntory Spirits suspended shipments of two mainstay whiskey products, Hakushu 12 Years and Hibiki 17 Years, for similar reasons.

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