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Kirin Beverage was the first in the industry to introduce heat pumpstyle vending machines in 2006, and from 2012, almost all newly installed vending machines for cans and PET bottles are of this type. As of April 2021, we have switched more than 85% of installed vending machines to this type.
Heat pump-style vending machines pump up the waste heat generated when cooling products and use it for heating to warm up the products. This allows reduction in power consumption compared to conventional vending machines by cutting down the power used by the heaters.
The latest heat pump-style vending machines are equipped with a compressor that uses an inverter to delicately control the operation (variable speed of rotation) according to the atmospheric temperature and the temperature of the products in the machine. Some types offer higher energy-saving performance, such as with heating functions not only by using the waste heat released by the cooling chamber as previous models did, but by capturing the heat from outside the machine, and by improving hot and cold insulation performance with the heavy use of vacuum insulation materials. These vending machines have evolved to the point where power consumption can be reduced by about 40% compared to 2013. Installation of the new models began in 2015, and we are aiming for 80% of the new machines we install in 2021 to be new models.
With regard to lighting, we are replacing conventional fluorescent lighting with LED lighting, which conserves more energy.
Change to the best-before labeling
Since 2013, Kirin Beverage has been working to shift to labeling the “year and month” as the best before date on soft drinks.
Kirin Brewery has changed its labeling of production dates on cans and bottles of beer, low-malt beer, no-malt beer products, and non-alcoholic beer-taste beverage from the former “year, month and early/middle/late month” to “year and month” for products from October 1, 2020 onwards.
We expect that this change in labeling will contribute to alleviating the need for managing products based on periods of “one-third of a month,” streamlining store display operations at distributors, and reducing operational loads associated with in-house inventory management and shipping operations, thereby increasing efficiency across the supply chain and significantly reducing product waste losses.