Construction starts on new Asahi beverages facility
Leading Japanese beverage company Asahi is set to open a new state-of-the-art distribution centre in Brisbane, with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk turning the first sod of soil on 8 December.
The $72 million, 20,000sqm warehouse and office facility is being developed by logistics real estate specialist LOGOS at the Heathwood Logistics Estate, South Brisbane.
The facility, which will support 120 jobs in the initial phase, including 55 new jobs, is the first development by LOGOS since its acquisition of the estate in early 2016.
Asahi Beverages has pre-committed to an initial 20-year lease and will become the estate’s first occupant. The company is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers and marketers of beverages and is part of Asahi Group Holdings, a Japanese beer, spirits, soft drinks and food company.
Cr Quirk said the commitment from both LOGOS and Asahi Beverages demonstrated Brisbane’s appeal as a premier investment destination in the Asia Pacific.
“As one of Brisbane’s key logistics precincts, the Heathwood Logistics Estate is an ideal location for the development of this new state-of-the-art warehousing facility,” he said.
“The Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan identified food and agribusiness as a key growth sector for the city, so we welcome the international investment from both LOGOS and Asahi Beverages in Brisbane.”
An artist's impression of the Asahi facility at the Heathwood Logistics Estate.
The project received a high level of support from Brisbane Economic Development Agency’s Investment Attraction division, which in 2005 first began working with Schweppes – now wholly-owned by Asahi Beverages – to establish a new facility.
“We are extremely pleased to have supported Asahi Beverages in identifying the ideal Brisbane location for its new distribution warehouse, including assisting in the approvals process and connecting them with LOGOS,” said Brisbane EDA General Manager, Investment Attraction, Steven Silvester.
LOGOS Joint Managing Director John Marsh said the facility would include approximately 12,000sqm of state-of-the-art automated warehousing systems.
“We are now seeing a larger number of our customers moving to automated warehouse solutions and this will set the benchmark for the quality of facilities we can provide across our estates in Australia and the region,” Mr Marsh said.
Asahi Beverages Chief Supply Chain Officer Wayne Angus said the company was delighted to be relocating its distribution centre in Queensland to the purpose-built Heathwood Logistics Estate.
“As a major beverage company, we are excited by the opportunity to move into a highly efficient and well-positioned distribution centre, which will enable us to better serve our customers,” Mr Angus said.
“We are pleased to be making a significant investment in our long-term future in Queensland.
“We are especially grateful to the Brisbane City Council, which has been very supportive throughout the approval process, and we look forward to its continued positive engagement.”
Handover of the facility to Asahi Beverages is expected in October 2017. The Heathwood Logistics Estate can accommodate a further 110,000sqm of development for premium logistics and warehouse use and upon full build-out the estate’s value is expected to be about $275 million.