Reducing Food Loss

Approach

The global population has kept increasing, and accordingly, the problem of food shortage has been growing more serious. On the other hand, approximately one-third of all food produced is disposed of without being consumed, which is a problem. This social issue should be addressed through the cooperation of everyone involved in food, including those from national governments, consumers, and people working in food supply chains. The Asahi Group strives to reduce food loss by working together with the industry and distributors to control and reduce the amounts of various ingredients and products that are disposed of in the supply chain. We believe that we are responsible for doing so as a company that manufactures beverages and food.

Management System

The Asahi Group has established a management system under which the divisions in each company, from the division in charge of procurement to the division responsible for sales, work together in a cross-sectoral manner to address food loss issues in the business field of each.

Goals

  • Achieve the business companies' goals for product-disposal expenses (Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.)
  • Expand the range of items that show expirations of only “month and year” (Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.)

Main Results for FY2018

  • Reduction in the disposal of ingredients and products by domestic Group companies, which was enabled by improving the precision of demand forecasting
  • Participation in Japan TCGF
  • Replacement of use by labels with labels showing year and month only (Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.)
  • Completion of replacement of use by labels with labels showing the year and month for all products that will expire in 12 or more months, and cans and PET bottles that will expire in 8 or more months (Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.)
  • Completion of replacement of use by labels with labels showing the year and month for the Amano Foods brand (excluding products for business use), Odoroki Yasai and Odoroki Men (noodles) 0 (zero) series products (Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.)
  • Food bank activities that we carried out as a food supporter of Second Harvest Japan (Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Group Foods, Ltd.)

Going Forward

The Asahi Group will strive to reduce the disposal of ingredients and products by accurately forecasting demand and ensuring the optimal supply of ingredients and products. At the same time, we will contribute to solving the issue by working together with the industry and distributors.

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