(Photo courtesy of Anheuser-Busch)
Anheuser-Busch is no stranger to sustainability. Listed at the top of the charts for brewing companies across both the U.S. and the globe, Anheuser-Busch holds a nearly 50% share of U.S. beer sales to retailers. With that title comes a leadership obligation, one that the company has taken seriously when it comes to sustainability efforts in the beverage industry.
According to their website, Anheuser-Busch focuses primarily on water, energy, and recycling as part of their sustainability efforts across their global operations. The brewer has reduced water use by 45% in the past decade and has a 99.6% recycling rate across their twelve U.S. breweries. Anheuser-Busch also committed to reducing carbon emissions in their logistics operations by 15% by the end of 2017, which would be a first for the brewing industry. Claudio Braz Ferro, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Chief Supply Officer, estimates that this effort will reduce 230,000 tons of carbon emissions – enough to power nearly 21,000 homes in the U.S.
We had the opportunity to visit Anheuser-Busch’s Los Angeles brewery recently, thanks to a tour set up through the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, where we were able to see the company’s sustainable operations first hand.
Here are a few things we learned on our visit to the brewery: