Jim Beam Bought By Japan's Suntory Company: What Else Isn't Actually American?

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The Japanese are getting serious about their whiskey: Beverage giant Suntory has purchased Beam, Inc. for $16 million — a sum worth 25 percent more than the company's actual value. The deal means Suntory will take on the American group's debt (though it's unlikely Bill Murray will be doing any commercial spots for them anytime soon). The deal, which includes Knob Creek, Maker's Mark, Teacher's, and Courvoisier, will now make Suntory the third-largest producer of distilled drinks in the world.

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