Anheuser-Busch Commits To Sustainable Rice Production

Busch, Anheuser-Busch Commits To Sustainable Rice Production

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When it comes to sustainability efforts, you’ve got to give Anheuser-Busch its due. The world’s largest brewer has made an ambitious commitment to the planet’s resources that it continues to build on.

Here’s the deal

Indigo Agriculture, a cutting-edge company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, and Anheuser-Busch, the nation’s largest  brewer, have announced a partnership focused on sustainable rice production, which given the amount of rice they use in most of its beers is kind of a big deal…

Headquartered in Boston with additional offices in Memphis, TN; Research Triangle Park, NC; Sydney, Australia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and São Paulo, Brazil, Indigo is working to bring about a more beneficial agricultural system that improves grower profitability, as well as environmental and consumer health around the world.

And as part of that directive, Indigo will be delivering 2.2 million bushels of rice to Anheuser-Busch grown using a network that incentivizes the commercial production of sustainable rice.

Described as a first of-its-kind partnership, growers selected to provide rice for Anheuser-Busch will reduce water and nitrogen used by 10% and achieve at least 10% savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to state benchmarks.Busch, Anheuser-Busch Commits To Sustainable Rice Production

David Perry, Indigo CEO was clearly excited about the company’s new alliance with the nation’s biggest beer producer…

 “Indigo is leveraging its end-to-end, integrated approach to agriculture to grow, capture, and preserve the value of sustainably produced ingredients. We are thrilled to partner with Anheuser-Busch, a company that shares our vision for beneficial agriculture, to create meaningful value for the growing community and higher quality options for consumers.

“By collaborating with leaders across the supply chain, we’re conserving natural resources, preserving farmland for future generations, and producing healthier final products.”

And Ingrid De Ryck, Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Procurement and Sustainability seconded that emotion…

“Sustainability isn’t just part of our business, it is our business. Partnering with Indigo to source rice with unique environmental attributes rewards our farming community for adopting sustainable agricultural practices and incentivizes further innovation.”

 “Most importantly, this trailblazing collaboration supports three of Anheuser-Busch’s 2025 Sustainability Goals by advancing smart agriculture, watershed health, and carbon emissions reductions.”

We can get snarky about Big Beer here at American Craft Beer. But no brewer in the world (craft or corporate) has made the kind of commitment to planet-saving sustainability strategies that Anheuser-Busch has

And we applaud their continuing effort…

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