Asahi will close seven CSD and juice facilities in Australia

Asahi will close seven CSD and juice facilities in Australia

Asahi Holdings' Australian division has announced the closure of three factories in Australia, with their production to be consolidated elsewhere in the country.

Factories in MacGregor (Queensland), Moorebank (New South Wales) and Payneham (South Australia) will close over the next two years, resulting in the loss of around 140 jobs, Asahi Beverages confirmed earlier this week. The affected factories produce a range of non-alcoholic products, including CSDs and juice.

Production will shift to other sites in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

The company said its current Australian manufacturing network includes multiple factories in some states, a legacy of its growth through acquisitions in the country. In 2011, Asahi bought P&N Beverages Australia, the third largest soft drink company by volume in the country at the time.

"In addition to the acquisitions made in the past few years, Asahi Beverages has made significant investment in some sites, resulting in increased capacity and flexibility," the company said this week.

Asahi will be left with seven Australian factories after the closures.

Last year, the Japanese company merged its alcohol and soft drinks units in Australia. The move was introduced to "leverage the strengths of both organisations", Asahi said at the time.