Suntory, an Osaka-based giant known for producing Japan's first whiskey, has agreed to acquire Beam, maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbons. The $13.6 billion deal is the biggest ever struck by Suntory, whose beverage empire includes Yamazaki Japanese whisky, Bowmore Scotch and Midori liqueur. According to reports current Beam CEO Matthew Shattock and his management team will continue to lead the business. [New York Times]
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by Steve Hacker