Quality Assurance System

Group Quality Conference

The domestic Group Quality Conference consists of the related quality assurance sections of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd., Asahi Group Foods Co., Ltd., and Asahi Calpis Wellness Co., Ltd. (as of January 2018). The Conference is headed up by the executives in charge of quality assurance at Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., while the Quality Assurance Section is responsible for administrative duties. The conference is held bimonthly.

The objective of the Conference is to share policies, opinions, and knowhow related to quality assurance within the Group. The main initiatives of the Conference are as follows:

  • Development and sharing of various quality assurance policies
    Ex: Management policies and systems, etc. for handling radioactive substances
  • Inspect cases of quality defects, prevent similar incidents, and horizontally deploy know-how throughout Group companies
  • Share information on risk substances and risk management (develop a response stance)
  • Share various examples of measures related to quality assurance and knowhow
    Ex: Measures to secure food safety management systems, audits (QA inspection), and other initiatives
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Meeting being conducted at the Group Quality Conference

Quality Audit

The Quality Assurance Section of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. coordinates with the quality assurance departments of Group companies and conducts quality audits of Group company headquarters, plants, and restaurants in Japan. Quality audits are also carried out on factories and other facilities operated by our affiliates overseas.

Quality audits are carried out in accordance with auditing standards stipulated in the internal audit rules to verify the implementation of quality systems. We are embarking on quality improvement throughout the Group via activities to improve specific matters.

Quality audits in Japan
Year Facilities
2014 Asahi Breweries production worksites, Asahi Soft Drinks production worksites, Calpis head office and production worksites, Asahi Food & Healthcare production worksites, Wakodo head office and production worksites, Amano Jitsugyo head office and production worksites, Nippon Freeze Drying head office and production worksites, Asahi Food Create
2015 Asahi Breweries production worksites, Asahi Soft Drinks production worksites, Calpis production worksites, Asahi Food & Healthcare head office and production worksites, Wakodo head office and production worksites, Amano Jitsugyo head office and production worksites, Nikka Whisky Distilling head office and production worksites, Hokkaido Nikka Service, Asahi Food Create, Enoteca, Nadaman
2016 Asahi Breweries production worksites, Asahi Soft Drinks production worksites, Asahi Group Foods head office and production worksites, Wako Food Industry, Sendai Nikka Services, Enoteca, Nadaman, Satsumatsukasa Shuzo
2017 Asahi Breweries production worksites, Asahi Soft Drinks production worksites, Asahi Group Foods head office and production worksites, Asahi Calpis Wellness head office and production worksites, Nippon Freeze Drying head office and production worksites, Nikka Whisky Distilling head office and production worksites, Asahi Beer Malt head office and production worksites, Nadaman, Asahi Food Create
Quality audits overseas
Year Facilities
2014 Australia: Schweppes Australia (Payneham, Huntingwood, Welshpool and LOPA plants) and Mountain H20 (Albury plant),
Indonesia: PCIB (Bukit Indah City plant), TSP (Pandaan plant), Calpis Indonesia head office
2015 Australia: Asahi Beverages (MacGregor, Ipswich and Moorebank plants),
Indonesia: AIBM (Cicurug plant), TSP (Bogor plant), PCIB (Babadan plant),
Malaysia: ETIKA (Meru plant),
Myanmar: ALH (Shwe Pyi Thar plant),
China: Beijing Brewery , Shangdong Asahi Green Source Milk Products, Shangdong Asahi Green Source High-Tech Farm
2016 Australia: Asahi Beverages (Laverton plant),
New Zealand: Independent Liquor New Zealand (Papakura plant),
Indonesia: TSP (Banjarmasin and Palembang plants),
Malaysia: Etika Beverages (Bangi plant), Etika Fresh Milk Manufacturing (Johor Bahru plant),
Thailand: Calpis Osotspa (Ayutthaya plant),
Myanmar: Asahi Loi Hein (Shwe Pyi Thar plant)
2017 Italy: Birra Peroni (Rome plant),
The Netherlands: Royal Grolsch (Enschede plant),
Australia: Asahi Beverages (Welshpool and Tullamarine plants),
China: Beijing Brewery,
Malaysia: Etika Dairies (Meru plant), Etika Fresh Milk Manufacturing (Johor Bahru plant),
Indonesia: TSP (Takalar and Kendal plants), Calpis Indonesia plant
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Group Research Laboratories for Food Safety Chemistry
—research and development of food safety assurance technologies

The Asahi Group established the Group Research Laboratories for Food Safety Chemistry in the R&D Center to develop analytical technologies related to food safety. R&D covers a wide range of areas from microorganisms, agricultural chemicals, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and resins, as well as radioactive substances. The Laboratory technologically supports the Asahi Group's sophisticated safety assurance system both in Japan and overseas.

Scientific analysis of data for reliable quality assurance is crucial to the delivery of safe and secure products to customers. The Group Research Laboratories for Food Safety Chemistry implements quality assurance for Group products and raw materials by leveraging sophisticated technological capabilities and developing analytical technologies using various advanced devices, such as time-of-flight mass spectrometers (TOF-MS) and DNA sequencers.

We present our technologies at academic meetings in Japan and overseas to obtain the latest information pertaining to food safety and daily changes in global trends, and support the Asahi Group's initiatives toward realizing the highest levels of quality in the world.

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Food Defense Initiatives

The Asahi Group has established guidelines demonstrating our attitude with regards to food defense response at food plants, and is working to construct a continuous management system based on multilateral risk analysis from management, service and infrastructure viewpoints.

Food defense activities, which include creating relationships of trust with employees (communication, education etc.), managing plant entry, managing access to manufacturing sites, restricting the bringing in of items to manufacturing sites and chemical management, are being promoted and incorporated into various countermeasures from both service and infrastructure facets to give our customers peace of mind.

Quality Management System certifications

The Asahi Group is committed to ongoing quality improvement through certification under quality assurance standards such as ISO9001, HACCP and Comprehensive Sanitation Management and Production Process in Japan as well as international food safety management system accreditation schemes such as FSSC22000 and ISO22000.

Quality assurance management system certifications (as of January 1, 2018) at Asahi Group production sites (company-owned plants)

Domestic
Item Company Business unit Status of ISO9001 certification Status of HACCP certification Status of food safety management certification
Alcoholic Beverage Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Hokkaido
Fukushima FSSC22000
Ibaraki FSSC22000, JFS-C
Kanagawa
Nagoya
Suita
Shikoku
Hakata
Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd. Hokkaido
Hirosaki
Sendai
Tochigi
Kashiwa
Nishinomiya
Moji
Satsuma Tsukasa Distillery
Sainte Neige Wine Co., Ltd. Yamanashi Plant
Soft Drinks Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd. Mt. Fuji FSSC22000
Hokuriku FSSC22000
Akashi FSSC22000
Rokko FSSC22000
Fujiyoshida FSSC22000
Gunma FSSC22000
Okayama FSSC22000
Calpis Co., Ltd. Gunma FSSC22000
Okayama FSSC22000
Food Asahi Group Foods, Ltd. Ibaraki
Osaka
Tochigi-Sakura FSSC22000
Tochigi-Koganei FSSC22000
Okayama FSSC22000
Wako Food Industry Co., Ltd. Nagano plant FSSC22000
Nippon Freeze Drying Co., Ltd. Nagano plant ISO22000

* HACCP not applicable

Overseas
Item Company Business unit Status of ISO9001 certification HACCP Status of food safety management certification
Alcoholic Beverage China Beijing Beer Asahi Beijing ISO22000
Australia Asahi Premium Beverages Laverton FSSC22000
New Zealand Independent Liquor New Zealand Papakura BRC
Netherlands Koninkjike Grolsch Enschede FSSC22000
Italy Birra Peroni Rome FSSC22000
Bari FSSC22000
Padua FSSC22000
United Kingdom Meantime Brewing Meantime
Czech Republic Plzeňský Prazdroj Plzen FSSC22000
Velke Popovice FSSC22000
Nosovice FSSC22000
Slovakia Pivovary Topvar Saris FSSC22000
Romania Ursus Breweries Buzau FSSC22000
Brasov FSSC22000
Timisoara FSSC22000
Hungary Dreher Sörgyárak Dreher FSSC22000
Poland Kompania Piwowarska Poznan FSSC22000
Tychy FSSC22000
Bialystok FSSC22000
Soft Drinks Malaysia Etika Beverages Bangi FSSC22000
Etika Dairies Meru ISO22000
Etika Fresh Milk Manufacturing Johor Bahru ISO22000
Australia Asahi Beverages Tullamarine
Huntingwood
Goodna FSSC22000
Ipswich
Welshpool FSSC22000
Albury FSSC22000
The Better Drinks Renmark
New Zealand Henderson
Indonesia PT CALPIS INDONESIA CALPIS INDONESIA
PT Etika Marketing Surabaya ISO22000
Vietnam Tan Viet Xuan Production JSC Ho Chi Minh City
Thailand CALPIS OSOTSPA Ayutthaya
Myanmar Asahi Loi Hein Shwe Pyi Thar