Suntory is powering up its new $400m multi-beverage facility 

May 22, 2024
By Cody Profaca

Installation has begun on the 14km stretch of solar panels to power Suntory Oceania’s new Ipswich facility and deliver on carbon neutral goals for the site.

The 7000 solar panels will generate power to produce 20 million cases of drinks a year and at times will provide green power back to the grid. 

The $400M facility will play a critical role in unlocking the power of Suntory in the region, delivering innovation and full end-to-end control of its portfolio, including manufacturing, sales, and distribution.

“The investment really shows the confidence that Suntory has in the Australian market and its ability to continue to grow and evolve,” said Mark Hill, Managing Director Oceania, Suntory Global Spirits. 

Suntory Oceania, the new $3B multi-beverage partnership between Suntory Global Spirits and Suntory Beverage & Food, and its sustainable approach to manufacturing are the focus of the Australia Food & Grocery Council’s 2024 Sustaining Australia TV series

This new episode provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the world-class manufacturing and distribution facility, which will begin production this year.

Ian Roberts, Chief Supply Chain Officer Suntory Beverage & Food Oceania, said the facility provided extraordinary capabilities to fast-track innovation and disrupt the market.

“This is the largest single FMCG investment in Australia in over a decade,” said Mr Roberts.

“Our carbon neutral ‘smart’ facility, powered by a combination of solar, biomass and green energy, will give Suntory unrivalled ability to innovate, respond to customer demand, and deliver beverages that are made locally and sustainably.

“Led by our Growing For Good philosophy, Suntory has taken every opportunity to use leading technology and set new standards for sustainable manufacturing in Australia.”

Production will begin with non-alcoholic beverages, including Australia’s number one energy drink V Energy. While, alcohol production will commence in 2025 with iconic RTDs Suntory -196, Canadian Club & Dry, Jim Beam White Label Bourbon & Cola all to be made locally.

The build has already created 450 construction and installation jobs, and once operational the site will support 160 long-term local roles.

The Suntory team is now recruiting for more than 130 roles to support the new Australian Alcohol Licensed Route to Market function, giving Australians the opportunity to be part of a pioneering sales team responsible for bringing Suntory’s iconic alcohol portfolio to market from mid-2025.

Be part of the brand-new team responsible for bringing Suntory’s iconic portfolio to market from mid-2025 – Jim Beam® and Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, Hibiki® Japanese Whisky, Canadian Club® Whisky, and Suntory Minus 196.​

Suntory Oceania is hiring more than 130 roles across Australia and is looking for Territory Managers, Field Sales Representatives, Lead Team Members and more! 

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