Reduction of Food Waste

Proper Inventory Management Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Asahi Group believes that we can also contribute to reducing food loss through proper inventory management.
With the aim of promoting optimized production plans and inventory management, Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. worked with IBM Japan from 2019 to launch test operations for production adjustment by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI).
This system uses AI to recommend adjustments to the production plan approximately two weeks before production. Utilizing a unique corpus* built on the enormous system data of the Group, including past business documents, inventory performance and shipping quantities, to teach an AI, we provide the best advice possible to assist those responsible for adjusting production based on the plan they've created. It was confirmed by the demonstration test conducted in September 2018 that the AI system improved upon the accuracy of the judgements made solely by people in the past. As a result, the possibility of cost reductions enabled by the reduction of long-term inventory products has been opened to the Group.
* Corpus: Records on decision making by those in charge of the production adjustment based on enormous past data regarding production adjustment.

Production Adjustment Process Utilizing AI
Production Adjustment Process Utilizing AI

Replacement of Use by Labels with Labels Showing Year and Month Only

We are replacing Use By labels showing the year, month, and date with labels indicating the year and month only as an initiative for reducing food wastage. Asahi Soft Drinks Co.,Ltd. is replacing in accordance with the guidelines of the Japan Soft Drink Association.

Replacement of Use by Labels
Month and year Group company Product
May 2013 Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Asahi Oishii Mizu Fujisan, Asahi Oishii Mizu Rokko (PET 2 L)
December 2015 Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Monster (cans and bottles)
April 2017 Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Asahi Oishii Mizu Fujisan, Asahi Oishii Mizu Rokko (PET 600 mL)
All Asahi Oishii Mizu Fujisan no Vanadium Tennensui products
September 2017 Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. WONDA, Mitsuya Cider, and others (All products whose shelf life is 12 months or longer)
April 2018 Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. All products that will expire in 12 or more months; cans and PET bottles that will expire in 8 or more months, centering around tea and fruit juice drinks such as Jurokucha, Rokujo Mugicha and Bireley's
September 2018 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. Amano Foods brand products (excluding wholesale products for business-use) and the "Odoroki Yasai" and "Odoroki Men(noodles) 0" series products
January 2019 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. "Goo Goo Kitchen," "Eiyo Marche," and "Balance Kondate" series
February 2019 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. "Tezukuri Ouen," "Ryokuo-shoku Yasai Furikake," "Nomitai Bundake," and " Gyu-nyu Yasan" series
March 2019 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. Twelve Wakodo brands including "Hajimete No Rinyushoku," "Tappuri Tezukuri Ouen," and "Mama Style" series
July 2019 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. "Aqua Light ORS"
December 2019 Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. "Wakodo LEBENS HAIHAI" and "Wakodo follow-up milk GUNGUN" series
Note: The replacement of all product labels (excluding products for professional use and OEM products) of Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. was completed at the end of February 2020.
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  • Example of Use By Labels on Products of Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.