2000.6.26Construction of New Chocolate Factory in Kanto AreaWe have decided to add a chocolate factory to our existing Kanto Plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Currently we are producing industrial chocolate at the chocolate factory inside the Hannan Business Operations Complex. The reasons for deciding to add the new factory are those given below:
1. To meet the needs of our customers in the Kanto area, which is the area in Japan with the largest chocolate consumption.
2. To have a production capacity provided by combination of this new factory and the existing factory at Hannan enable us to deal with any market fluctuations immediately.
3. To add the equipment for 'moisture-holding chocolate' and to create new ranges of chocolate and a new market, as well.
Regarding the New Equipment
A Production line based on new roll refiners and conche', and mobile computer management systems will be installed for reduced labor requirements. The production environment constructed will conform to HACCP requirements.
A bulk delivery system will be employed to reduce our cstomers' industrial waste caused by large volume transporting with tank trucks and the like. Also, delivery to the cstomers' tanks reduces the lead time for faster customer service.
Outline of Construction
End in July 2001