AB InBev is very much aware of the empty beer cans that negligent consumers dump on the streets or in nature. The brewery now addresses this environmental problem on three domains.
AB InBev has developed a new digital process for direct printing of texts, logos and images on cans and glass bottles. The benefits are unseen.
Until recently, AB InBev only sold the main by-product resulting from brewing operation, the so-called spent grains, to be used for animal feed. A sin, according to Dr. Jorge Gil-Martinez, because the fibres and proteins from these grains are particularly nutritious and therefore suitable for human consumption. He came to startling new discoveries.
Stuart MacFarlane has worked for more than 25 years for the company that is now AB InBev. He started his career at Bass, a small British brewery, which later became part of the then European brewer Interbrew. In 2008, he witnessed the birth of AB InBev; a result of InBev’s combination with the American Anheuser-Busch (known for Budweiser). MacFarlane stepped up as AB InBev’s European Zone President in 2012. Since then, he has experienced first-hand what it means to live the company’s culture, and to leverage it as an enabler for transformation.
CDP (formerly the Climate Disclosure Project) – a global organization for data-driven solutions to climate change and related environmental threats, opportunities and impacts – has acknowledged AB InBev’s efforts on water stewardship across its global operations. This November in Brussels we accepted CDP’s 2018 Europe Water Award, highlighting our determination to reduce water usage across its value chain as a best practice amongst the continent’s major corporations towards a low-carbon, zero-deforested and water secured economy.
The global food system is under increasing pressure. Factors like heightened weather unpredictability and population increase add insecurity to food production schedules. In Europe, consumers and policy-makers continue to put pressure on producers to more sustainably plant, produce, process, label and distribute food and drinks. European governments are responding with actions like France’s Special Convention on food or Europe’s proposed Common Agricultural Policy.
On the 4th of November, the 4th annual Sustainable Food and Beverage Conference was held on November 7th 2017 in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. This event was organized by the industry leading ‘Food and Drink Business Europe’, who frequently organizes food manufacturing events.
Ask most beer lovers to reel off the ingredients of their favorite tipple and they will probably say malted barley, hops and water. All present and correct; however, the brewing process would not be complete without another vital – but often overlooked – ingredient: yeast.