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Beer company AB InBev aims to reduce packaging

Belgium-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has pledged to cut 100,000 tonnes of waste over the next five years by reducing its packaging.

The waste reduction target - one of seven environmental targets - follows on from the firm meeting a three-year goal set in 2009.

In the UK this meant a recycling rate of almost 100% of waste and brewing by-products.

AB InBev credits the sucess on the work of its staff at breweries in Lancashire, London, and Wales. It said it was achieved by: “operational changes, technological solutions, effective partnerships and a sustainability-focused mindset.”

Inge Plochaet, AB InBev’s UK and Ireland president, said: “Our new environmental goals focus on where it matters most – striving to conserve and protect our natural resources, and continuing to reduce packaging by using fewer, lighter-weight, and recycled materials.

“Our approach recognises that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to improve sustainability. The key will be to leverage the experience and expertise of our colleagues in our three UK brewery sites.”

The firm is also committed to reduce its use of water and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

AB InBev produces global beer brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Beck’s, Leffe and Hoegaarden.

  • Last year MRW reported that Beck’s had introduced a new lightweight beer bottle predicted to save around 2,500 tonnes of glass in 2013

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