Tokyo, Japan (January 27, 2022) — Suntory Holdings has decided to donate approximately US $87,700 (10 million Japanese yen) to support the Kingdom of Tonga’s disaster relief and recovery efforts following the volcanic eruption and tsunami. Having special ties with Tonga through rugby, the company, along with its rugby team Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath, wish for a fast recovery of the country.
“On behalf of the entire Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath team, I extend my heartfelt condolences to all those that have been affected by the recent volcanic eruption. We stand close with the government and people of Tonga, especially as we have many current and former team members with roots in the country,” said Kiyonori Tanaka, General Manager of Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath. “We will continue supporting in various ways possible and sincerely hope that the country will recover as early as possible.”
Frucor Suntory, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings, which operates across Australia and New Zealand, has also donated over NZ $20,000 (US $13,300) to the relief efforts in Tonga. This donation has been given partly in cash – NZ $10,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross, and 25 pallets/over 1700 cases of bottled water (NZ $10,000) has been sent to the local Tongan communities.
About Suntory Holdings
As a global leader in the beverage industry, Suntory Holdings offers a uniquely diverse portfolio of products from premium spirits, beer and wine to brewed teas, bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, ready-to-drink coffee and energy drinks, along with health and wellness products. Suntory is home to award-winning Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu as well as iconic American spirits Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. Suntory also fascinates the taste buds in Japan and the Asian market with our Premium Malt's beer and also owns the exceptional Japanese wine Tomi and the world famous Château Lagrange. Its brand collection also includes Sauza Tequila, non-alcoholic favorites Orangina, Lucozade, Ribena, BOSS coffee, Iyemon green tea, Suntory Tennensui water, TEA+ Oolong Tea, V and BRAND’S, as well as popular health and wellness product Sesamin EX.
Founded as a family-owned business in 1899 in Osaka, Japan, Suntory Group has grown into a global company operating throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania with an annual revenue (excluding excise taxes) of $20.4 billion in 2020. Suntory is driven by Yatte Minahare - the spirit of bold ambition - and our 40,044 employees worldwide draw upon our unique blend of Japanese artisanship and global tastes to explore new product categories and markets.
As a company that delivers blessings of water and nature to our customers, Suntory is committed to its mission to create harmony with people and nature. Always aspiring to grow for good, Suntory is devoted to giving back to society through protecting water resources, nurturing its communities and fostering the arts.