AB InBev’s UK business, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, has announced that the barley used for its UK-produced beers is now 100% sourced from British farms.
As a result of the achievement, Budweiser Brewing Group says it eliminates the need to import barley and therefore reduces carbon emissions. The target, which was met ahead of schedule, forms part of the brewer’s 2025 sustainability goals.
Prior to 2014, the company imported 100% of the barley used for Budweiser as it claims the properties required to brew the beer were not available in UK-grown barley.
However, by colloborating with agronomy, grain trading and malting partners – including Agrii, Glencore Agriculture UK, Boortmalt and Crisp Malting Group – the brewer has introduced a new type of grain (known as Explorer) to the country which meets the specific standards.
Through working with partners, Budweiser Brewing Group has managed to produce enough barley for its brands – such as Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona – at its breweries in Magor in South Wales and Samlesbury in Lancashire.
“Local communities are the lifeblood of this country, so we’re absolutely committed to supporting them, creating more efficient supply chains, and brewing the UK’s most sustainable beers,” said Paula Lindenberg, president of Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I.
To date, there are reportedly more than 300 farmers growing barley for Budweiser in the UK, covering more than 6,000 hectares of British farms and producing 40,000 tonnes of barley each year.
Lee Robinson, executive director of Seed at Agrii, said: “It won’t come as any surprise that it’s been a tough year for British farming. The Covid-19 outbreak had a huge effect on the supply chain and the unusually wet weather in August significantly impacted harvest.
“There is now undoubtedly more awareness amongst the public of where the food and drink they consume comes from which is why it’s so important for British companies like Budweiser Brewing Group to support their local industries. We’re delighted to help the UK’s biggest brewer achieve this milestone.”
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