Prepared Foods September 6, 2005 eNewsletter

Kanebo Ltd. will quit its beverage business by selling its soft drink subsidiary LB Ltd. to Asahi Breweries Ltd. for just under 10 billion yen ($91 million), the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported.

Kanebo, a household products maker in rehabilitation under the state-run Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan, will sign a deal with Asahi Breweries, under which Kanebo will sell most of its 99% stake in LB to the beer manufacturer, the report said.

LB is based in Aichi Prefecture and sells chilled beverages through dairy product vendors nationwide.