Drinks, especially alcoholic
Formerly known as Asahi Breweries, Asahi Group is Japan's #2 brewer, after Kirin. Founded 1889. Acquired Schweppes Australia in 2009. Bought NZ's Independent Liquor and Charlie's Group, and the juice and water business of Australia's P&N Beverages in 2011.
|Asahi Group Holdings Ltd||JPN||website|
|Asahi Group Holdings Ltd|
CDP's 2016 report "Out of the starting blocks" reveals which companies around the world are doing the most to combat climate change. This company is included on the A List.
[Source 2016][More on Climate Change]
In Nov 2011 Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) recertified Asahi's Shobara and Miyoshi forests in Japan to the Forest Stewardship Council's standard for responsible forest management. Asahi bought the forested properties during World War II. They have been FSC certified since 2001.
[Source 2011][More on Forests]
This company received a score of 9.5/100 (retrieved 13-Oct-2016) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
Asahi's flagship beer brand, Asahi Super Dry, rated 'green' in the Greenpeace's 2010 Truefood Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GM-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GM crops, and animal products from animals fed on GM crops.
[Source 2010][More on Genetic Engineering]
Activities include reducing CO2 emissions, FSC certified forest management, and donations to environmental protection schemes.
[Source 2010][More on Habitats]
The United Nations Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of 10 values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. However it's non-binding nature has been widely criticised, and many signatory corporations continue to violate the Compact's values.
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Asahi Breweries is developing 'high-biomass sugarcane' or 'Monster Cane', designed to produce ethanol without sacrificing sugar output. Could be seen as a positive as ethanol is carbon-neutral with CO2 released in the combustion of the fuel offset by the CO2 captured by plants through photosynthesis. Critics also say ethanol is no solution to global warming if massive inputs of fossil fuels are required to grow the crops and power the facilities used to produce ethanol and land is taken from suppling crops for food and feed.
[Source 2006][More on Climate Change]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||US$14.9 billion in 2014|
|# Employees||16,712 in 2010|
|Subsidiaries||Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd
- Schweppes Australia Pty Ltd
- Independent Liquor New Zealand Ltd
- Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
- Better Drinks Co Ltd
- Asahi Premium Beverages Pty Ltd
Products / BrandsAsahi Beverages
Schweppes Australia sold to Asahi Breweries (Japan) for $1.2 billion
13th Mar 2009 — Drinks giant Asahi Breweries has bought Schweppes Australia for $1.2 billion, in the latest Japanese raid on an Australian food and drinks company. This is the fourth buy-out of an Australian company by a Japanese brewer in just over a year, following Kirin's acquisition of Dairy Farmers and National Foods, and Suntory's successful bid for Frucor. Australia was the last country where Cadbury maintained a drinks operation. US-based Coca-Cola Company relinquished its negotiation right regarding the takeover. Asahi Breweries will complete the deal by the end of April 2009 [source]