17 Aug '12, 12pm

Beer industry raises a glass towards cutting water consumption

Beer industry raises a glass towards cutting water consumption

Next time you down a beer, think about this: it took a lot of water to create that brew sitting in front of you. According to a 2010 study by the SABMiller brewing company, the World Wildlife Federation and the German international development agency GIZ, up to 60 to 180 liters of water can be used to produce one liter of beer. Those figures cover the entire process -- from crop cultivation through the brewing process to packaging and, finally, to your thirsty self. The amount of water consumed depends on how it's used along the supply chain. In recent years, most brewers have been using about a five-to-one water-to-beer ratio to make their beverages. But those figures are evolving rapidly. As water demand soars and supplies become limited, beer makers are rethinking their supply chains and sustainability goals. Two powerhouse companies -- MillerCoors and Heineken -- are f...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/08/17/beer-industry-cut...

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