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June 1, 2021

Suntory opens “next-generation factory” in Japan

Suntory Beverage & Food has unveiled its first carbon-neutral plant in Japan.

By Rhodri Morgan

The Suntory Kita-Alps Shinano-no-Mori Water Plant, based in the country’s Nagano prefecture, commenced operations today. According to the soft drinks division of Suntory Holdings, the site uses renewable energy and biomass fuel as its power sources.

The company has also installed Lumada, an ‘Internet of Things’ software platform created by Japanese technology firm Hitachi, to streamline factory operations.

Part of the focus of the technological upgrades is to reduce human-intensive labour tasks such as data collection and production-line quality management. The company confirmed plans to roll-out the “next-generation” factory model to its other sites but did not specify a timeframe.

The move comes as Suntory targets achieving net-zero emissions across its entire value chain by 2050.

In March, Beam Suntory unveiled plans for a GBP6m (US$8.2m) renovation to the distillery for its Glen Garioch Highlands single malt Scotch whisky brand.

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