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Food product manufacturing companies are the leading category in Australia’s Top 100 Manufacturers for 2019, with the list announced this week as part of National Manufacturing Week (NMW).

Asahi Beverages – the ANZ business of Asahi Group Holdings in Japan – is one of 17 food product manufacturing companies listed in this year’s Top 100 compiled by IBISWorld analysts, placing 41st and ranking three places higher from the previous year.

Following the release of the list, new data revealed the manufacturing industry accounts for $383.2 billion, employs over 791,000 Australians and projects a growth rate of 1.2% over the next five years.

Asahi Beverages general manger of manufacturing Anna Reid said Asahi aims to build a smarter value chain through factors such as incorporating emerging technologies and integrating its 2,100 people across Australia and New Zealand to meet the company’s strategic plans and deliver value.

“The fundamental attributes that have contributed to our business success and inclusion on this year’s list of leading manufacturers, include having a clear strategic plan, a strong record of consistent and profitable growth, and continued strong investment across Australia to improve our manufacturing and distribution facilities,” said Reid.

“Major technological innovations are fueling significant change throughout the world, with the manufacturing industry embracing the inter-connectivity of new and emerging technology or ‘Smart Manufacturing’ and ‘Industry 4.0’.”

“At Asahi, we’ve been building a strong collaborative partnership between our business’ information technology and operational technology functions to ensure we have the right infrastructure backbone. We’ve also focused on digitising our factories in a structured way to achieve data standardisation and optimisation, which offers real-time analytics.”

Featured as number 16 in the Food & Drink Business Top 100 in 2018, Asahi Beverages manufactures a number of brands including, Schweppes, Asahi Super Dry, Pepsi and Spring Valley, and will present at the NMW in Melbourne this week.

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