Category: Breweries

Tesco to scrap 50m pieces of plastic from beers & ciders

Read the full story at Retail Gazette.

Tesco is set to become the first major retailer to scrap soft plastic rings and shrink wrap packaging from all beers and ciders across its UK stores.

Table scraps: How Four Peaks walks its sustainable talk

Read the full story at Phoenix New Times.

Four Peaks Brewing Co. always seems to be doing something cool for the world. Yes, I’m aware Arizona’s largest brewery was bought out by Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2015. But that doesn’t seem to have diminished its sustainability efforts. In fact, some of its righteous activities happen because of its Anheuser-Busch partnership.

I first realized Four Peaks went beyond beer-making in 2019 when we wrote about the canned water partnership with Arizona State Parks. That project was more about keeping summer hikers alive, but it also demonstrated how Four Peaks walks its talk.

NY Sustainable Brewery Summit

Join the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) for the NY Sustainable Brewery Summit on May 4 and May 11 from 1PM – 3:30PM EDT.

The two-part online event will discuss sustainability and pollution prevention best practices, focusing on three key areas:

  • The need for sustainability in brewing
  • Real-world solutions for energy, water, and chemical use reduction
  • Communicating sustainability with your supply chain and the public

The May 4 session will cover water and chemical use reduction and the May 11 session will cover waste reduction and energy conservation.

Visit for more information and to register.

Webinar series: Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers

EPA Region 1, ENERGY STAR and the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Program are hosting Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers, a free three-part webinar series. The dates and topics are:

Webinar – Guide for Brewers: Energy and Environment Project Implementation

Apr 7, 2021, 10 am CDT
Register here.

Prior to the pandemic, the craft brewing industry contributed nearly $83 billion to the US economy and supported more than 580,000 jobs. During this time, Pennsylvania ranked 5th in the number of craft breweries in the United States, and 2nd in economic impacts by state.

Join PennTAP on National Beer Day for a webinar on how a craft brewer and small business owner can recover money and reduce operation costs through energy efficiency projects and best practices. The speakers will be sharing project ideas and resources uncovered while working in the field, which have reduced energy consumption, expanded production, and minimized waste and emissions. Also joining the webinar will be guest speaker Matteo Rachocki, CEO of Voodoo Brewery, who will share his experiences and lessons learned.

Webinar: Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers: Energy Treasure Hunt for Microbreweries

Apr 27, 2021, noon CDT
Register here.

Join EPA’s Region 1 Pollution Prevention Program, EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Program & the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Pollution Prevention Program for a free three-part webinar series on Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers.

The first webinar will feature Energy Treasure Hunts for Microbreweries. Danny Macri and Emily Bolger from ENERGY STAR will give an Overview of the Energy Treasure Hunt Process and provide insights into using the ENERGY STAR Treasure Map for Microbreweries which is an opportunity for brewers to uncover opportunities to save.

Scott Lawson, Director of Brewing Operations at Lawson’s Finest, will then demonstrate How to Conduct an Energy Treasure Hunt in a Brewery and show how to maximize efforts in reducing energy costs. Energy costs can be 5-10% of cost of goods sold in breweries. As the brewing industry continues to grow, start questioning why things are the way they are and how to reduce the bottom line.

Upcoming Sustainable Solutions for Craft Beverage Producers Webinars

  • Innovative Solutions: Solar Hot Water and CO2 Recovery Systems – May
  • How to Cultivate a Culture of Sustainability at Your Facility – June

Tennessee Sustainable Spirits Webinar: Sustainability and Community Engagement

Feb 22, 2021, 1:30-2:30 pm CST
Register here.


  • Mark Valencia – TDEC: Environmental Scientist
  • Anthony Davis –  East Nashville Beer Works: President
  • Kelly Tipler – TN State Parks Conservancy: Executive Director       

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices (OPSP) invites you to the Tennessee Sustainable Spirits’ first webinar of the year. This webinar will discuss how spirits producers can address sustainability and community engagement. Attendees will learn more about how spirits producers can engage with the community in a way that educates or encourages sustainability.

The TN State Parks Conservancy has partnered with Tennessee Brew Works to develop a beer made with 100% local ingredients. A portion of proceeds from beer sales goes to the conservancy. Kelly Tipler from the TN State Park Conservancy will be discussing ways producers can partner with non-profit community organizations. East Nashville Beer Works is a brewery designed around the concept of community. Anthony Davis will discuss how East Nashville Beer Works engages with the community and how others can do the same.

Embion ties-up with Asahi to up-cycle brewing by-products: ‘Our super-extracts offer a glimpse into the future’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Embion Technologies, a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, has entered into a joint development agreement with Japanese drinks giant Asahi Group Holdings to up-cycle brewing by-products into ‘super potent extracts’ for food production.

Atlantic Packaging announces Fishbone recyclable can carrier system

Read the press release.

Atlantic Packaging announces the launch of a recyclable can carrier system, Fishbone, to replace plastic ring handles. The Fishbone beverage carrier is a curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and performance tested product that will eliminate single use plastic from beverage packaging.

Diageo Sustainable Solutions Programme

Applications due: 12/16/2020

The Diageo Sustainable Solutions programme has announced a call to innovators to collaborate on sustainable technology focusing on four global challenges – energy, water, circularity and agriculture. They will fund up to £100k per pilot.


  1. Energy – low carbon heat for distilling and brewing. Example solutions: Waste heat recovery & reuse (including heat pumps), Hydrogen heat production, Solar thermal heat generation, Thermal energy storage and distribution, Low-carbon natural gas heat generation, Control & Instrumentation of heat balancing/energy management software, Geographically-specific solutions
  2. Water – water stress mitigation in production facilities. Example solutions:Intelligent / automated Water metering, Greywater Recycling (C&I) and wastewater treatment, Zero Liquid Discharge, Water harvesting (atmospheric and rainwater), Water reuse, Desalination, Hardware and software for efficiency improvement
  3. Circularity– sustainable glass bottle design. Example solutions: Radical light weighting and/or enhanced mechanical strength, Breakthroughs in forming technology in the context of container glass, Altering glass bottle content such as raw materials, additives, alternative coatings to minimize the materials footprint overall, Optimizing glass bottle attributes such as shape, color, decoration (labelling and/or sleeves) to significantly improve recycling recovery rates, Making labels and other non glass components 100% recyclable or compostable, Design for durability, reuse, ecommerce, improved packaging and logistics, while still delivering strong aesthetics, Premium (cosmetic) quality and clarity levels from improved sustainability manufacturing methods eg. high cullet content, Alternative filling processes to enable most sustainable glass container design and overall footprint
  4. Agriculture – smallholder farm resource efficiency. Example solutions:Regenerative agriculture solutions, Water sourcing and reuse solutions, Metering and control of soil condition and health (helping mitigate against erosion and or salinization), Services such as credit scoring, crop insurance and financing, Smart irrigation, irrigation support tools and solar irrigation, Farm knowledge networks, and equipment sharing platforms, Hyper-local weather forecasting, Goods and services marketplaces

About: Diageo is an international spirits company with North American distilling, manufacturing and packing locations in IL, KY (2), MD, TN, Canada (4) and USVI.

Application: Application information is confidential, includes only general company information (6 questions), challenge-specific information (6 questions, including a request to upload a presentation) and diversity and inclusion (1 question). Note the short timeline to contact/apply by December 16th.

Pilots: Each pilot will be sponsored by a Diageo Business Unit lead, with a dedicated Technical support team (from Diageo and supply chain partners). Successful pilots will be considered for scaling within the Diageo Supply Chain. Up to a 6-month pilot of collaboration to develop your ideas and demonstrate a proof of concept within our supply chain, with funding of up to £100k per pilot.

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